A Golden Age of Art Podcasts

Paul G. Jackson
5 min readJun 1, 2018


As a longtime listener of podcasts (11 years and counting!), I’m heartened to see that my professional fields—art museums & the visual arts — have caught up, and suddenly established a golden age of art podcasts. To recognize this moment, I’ve compiled a list of 30 active art podcasts, ones I’ve come across both through my professional work and as a fan of the genre:

First Wave Art Podcasts

1. Modern Art Notes
Hosted by
Tyler Green
Launched in 2011
Number of Episodes: 342
Topics covered in recent episodes: Long form interviews with curators and artists, on the exhibition “Painted in Mexico 1700–90,” and with Artists Inka Essenhigh, John Akomfrah, and Terry Winters
Listen at: https://manpodcast.com/

2. Bad at Sports
Hosted by
a rotating cast, out of Chicago
Launched in 2005
Number of Episodes: 634
Topics covered in recent episodes: Interviews with artists Jessie McLaughlin, Erika Pettersen, Chloe Bass, Keeley Haftner, Lucy Lippard
Listen at: http://badatsports.com/category/podcast/

3. The Conversation
Hosted by
Michael Shaw
Launched in 2011
Number of Episodes: 217
Topics covered in recent episodes: Interviews with curators, artists, collectors and beyond, with Courtney Childress, Hilde Lynn Helphenstein, Anna Stothart, Jenny Danielsson
Listen at: http://www.theconversationpod.com/

4. ArtTactic
Hosted by
Adam Green
Launched in 2009
Number of Episodes: 104
Topics covered in recent episodes: Art market conversations, with Kelly Crow (Wall Street Journal), Adam Fields, Nate Freeman (Artsy), Natasha Arselan, and Katya Kazakina (Bloomberg)
Listen at: https://arttactic.com/podcasts/

Podcasts from Art Media, Art Market Media, and Art Media Adjacent

5. Hidden Noise (Even magazine)
Hosted by
Abby Sandler and Rebecca Ann Siegel
Launched in October 2017
Number of Episodes: 14
Topics covered in recent episodes: A look into the exhibitions “Before the Fall,” “Life Like,” “Grant Wood,” “Tarsila do Amaral,” the New York art fairs, and various interviews with curators and artists
Listen at: http://evenmagazine.com/hidden-noise/

6. The Art Newspaper Podcast
Hosted by
Ben Luke
Launched in September 2017
Number of Episodes: 33
Topics covered in recent episodes: Howard Hodgkins, David Chipperfield, Auction Sales, Gallery Weekend Berlin, Artist Taryn Simon
Listen at: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/podcast

7. The Artsy Podcast
Hosted by
Isaac Kaplan
Launched in March 2016
Number of Episodes: 78
Topics covered in recent episodes: Wide ranging topics including Selfie Museums, Art Market Practices, the Internet’s Impact on the Arts, the State of the Art Market, Art History Questions
Listen at: https://soundcloud.com/artsypodcast

8. Art Party
Hosted by
Andrew Russeth (ARTnews) and Jamie Sterns
Launched in May 2017
Number of Episodes: 11
Topics covered in recent episodes: All manner of topics (!), including Press Previews, Michael Heizer, Prospect 4, Google Art App, Met Admission, Art Basel Miami Beach
Listen at: http://www.artparty2017.biz/

9. e-flux podcast
Hosted by
Various folks
Launched in January 2018
Number of Episodes: 12
Topics covered in recent episodes: Masha Gessen, Power Abuse in the Artworld, Food Infrastructure, Keren Cytter, the Content Industrial Complex
Listen at: https://soundcloud.com/e_flux

10. Explain Me (ArtFCity)
Hosted by
Paddy Johnson and William Powhida
Launched in October 2017
Number of Episodes: 11
Topics covered in recent episodes: Blockchain, the New Museum Triennial, Spring Break Art Show, Met Admission
Listen at: http://artfcity.com/category/explain-me/

11. CARLA podcast (Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles)
Hosted by
Lindsay Preston Zappas
Launched in October 2017
Number of Episodes: 5
Topics covered in recent episodes: Shifts in publishing, Selfie museums, Artist Run spaces in L.A., Performance Art, All-Women Exhibitions
Listen at: http://contemporaryartreview.la/category/podcast/

12. In Other Words (Art Agency Partners)
Hosted by
Charlotte Burns
Launched in February 2017
Number of Episodes: 32
Topics covered in recent episodes: Auction Talk, Carroll Dunham, Art World Outliers, the Future of the Museum, the Exhibition “David Bowie Is”
Listen at: http://www.artagencypartners.com/podcast/

13. Artelligence (Art Market Monitor)
Hosted by
Marion Maneker
Launched in 2014
Number of Episodes: 76
Topics covered in recent episodes: Art market conversations with Marc Porter, Lock Kresler, Mark Lurie, James Tarmy, David Norman
Listen at: https://www.artmarketmonitor.com/artelligence/

14. Fresh Art International
Hosted by
Cathy Byrd
Launched in 2011
Number of Episodes: 197
Topics covered in recent episodes: Art and Social Engagement, Dakar 2018, “Black Florida,” Miami’s Caribbean Arts, Joana Choumali
Listen at: http://www.freshartinternational.com/

15. Art Talk (KCRW, Los Angeles)
Hosted by
Edward Goldman and Hunter Drohojowska-Philip
Number of Episodes: Too many to count
Topics covered in recent episodes: Art news around Los Angeles, Hannah Wilke, MOCA, Stephen Prina, Francesca Gabbiani
Listen at: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444891/k-c-r-w-s-art-talk

16. By the Way: A Contemporary Art News Podcast
Hosted by
Eric Wall and Ando
Launched in October 2017
Number of Episodes: 12
Topics covered in recent episodes: Jeff Koons and Gagosian, Helen Molesworth, the Obama portraits, Invader, Nan Goldin
Listen at: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-undergang-armchair/by-the-way-a-contemporary-art-news-podcast

17. Art Attack
Hosted by
Lizy Dastin and Justin BUA
Launched in February 2018
Number of Episodes: 22
Topics covered in recent episodes: The exhibition “Beyond the Streets,” the Avant Garde and Nazi Germany, Jasper Johns, Underappreciated Artists, Decoding the Gallery World
Listen at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/art-attack-w-lizy-dastin-and-justin-bua/id1352155262?mt=2

Podcasts Affiliated with Art Museums

18. A Piece of Work (MoMA and WNYC radio)
Hosted by
Abbi Jacobson (Broad City)
Launched in 2017
Number of Episodes: 10 (One season)
About the podcast: Jacobson chats with famous and non-famous guests at MoMA, for discussions about modern art
Listen at: https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/pieceofwork

19. Raw Material (SFMOMA)
Hosted by
different ‘podcasters in residence,’ for each season
Launched in 2016, with host Ross Simonini
Number of Episodes: 21 (Over three seasons)
About the podcast: Podcasters-in-residence at SFMOMA explore modern and contemporary art, offering perspectives on the world through their work.
Listen at: https://www.sfmoma.org/raw-material/

20. The Memory Palace
Hosted by
Nate DiMeo
Number of Episodes: 8 (One season)
About the podcast: Podcaster and Met Artist-in-Residence Nate DiMeo devoted one season of The Memory Palace to The Met, exploring the museum’s collection to draw out revealing secrets and stories of the art
Listen at: https://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-live-arts/memory-palace

21. Art & Ideas (The Getty)
Hosted by
Jim Cuno
Launched in July 2017
Number of Episodes: 50
About the podcast: Cuno, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, talks with artists, writers, curators, and scholars about their work.
Listen at: http://www.getty.edu/podcasts/index.html

A Few More Podcasts Of Note

22. The Lonely Palette
Hosted by
Tamar Avishai
Launched in May 2016
Number of Episodes: 30
Premise: A tour through art history, one painting at a time
Listen at: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/

23. Art Detective
Hosted by
Janina Ramirez
Launched in December 2016
Number of Episodes: 55
Premise: Insights into individual works of art, across mediums
Listen at: https://www.historyhit.com/podcasts/the-art-detective/

24. The Renaissance: A History of Renaissance Art
Hosted by
Denis Byrd
Launched in 2015, ran through 2017
Number of Episodes: 28
Premise: Deep dive devoted to the art and artists of the Renaissance
Listen at: http://www.therenaissancepodcast.com/

25. Artist Decoded
Hosted by
Launched in September 2015
Number of Episodes: 98
Premise: A series of conversations with contemporary artists
Listen at: http://www.artistdecoded.com/

26. $tarving Arti$t
Hosted by
Honor Eastly
Number of Episodes: One season, 13 episodes
Premise: Interviews with artists on art, money, and how to combine those two things
Listen at: https://starvingartistpodcast.com/episodes/

27. Art for Your Ear
Hosted by
Danielle Krysa, “The Jealous Curator”
Launched in May 2015
Number of Episodes: 138
Premise: Inside scoop conversations with contemporary artists
Listen at: http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/art-for-your-ear-podcast/

28. ArtCurious
Hosted by
Jennifer Dasal
Launched in August 2016
Number of Episodes: 35
Premise: Investigating strange and interesting stories in art history
Listen at: http://www.artcuriouspodcast.com/artcuriouspodcast/

29. Art History Babes Podcast
Hosted by
Corrie, Ginny, Natalie, Jennifer
Launched in June 2016
Number of Episodes: 87
Premise: Discussion and critical analysis of art historical topics, fueled by alcohol
Listen at: https://www.arthistorybabes.com/the-podcast/

30. Suggested Donation
Hosted by
Tony Curanaj and Edward Minoff
Launched in February 2014
Number of Episodes: 42
Premise: Two contemporary painters in conversation with artists, craftsmen, curators, and restorers
Listen at: http://www.suggesteddonationpodcast.com/blog/



Paul G. Jackson

Comms Director at the New Museum in New York :: previously at MoMA :: @pgjackson