Streams

Steve Martin

Monday, November 29, 2010

Legendary writer, actor, and performer Steve Martin talks about his long and varied career, his many talents, and his latest novel. An Object of Beauty tells the story of an ambitious woman climbing through New York’s social and art world.

Guests:

Steve Martin
News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [6]

cynyc from NYC

I didn't realize that was Martin of comedic fame. And I don't care. He knows his stuff when it comes to Art and I desperately want to talk to him. I need to talk to that guy who did that interview, whoever he is.

wnyc knows how to contact me.

Steve: Not to dismiss "wild and Crazy Guy" and stuff in case your offended. ;-) But I don't think you are offended.

Nov. 30 2010 01:42 AM
oscar from ny

i love Steve Martin in the scene of P.T.A, when he gets pissed of at the car rental agent..
Steve Martin is fun! and of course he loves the artsss
i love the banjo,..nintendo made a great game with a banjo.. (banjo kazooie)

Nov. 29 2010 08:10 PM
anonyme

OMG!!! Competitive Bird Watching! Steve Martin you are the best! And how lucky that he gets to talk to Leonard - I doubt many others can really interview on the subject of the art world.

Nov. 29 2010 04:34 PM
anonyme

I have some thick books from 1965 called Art USA Now (touring USIA shows) - so many of the artists in the style of the day have just faded - to me since the 80s it all looks so arbitrary to me whereas the excitement of abstract expressionism and conceptual art were so palpable and unmistakable just a short while earlier. I think it will be a long time before we see what has really been relevant since then - I have even stopped looking to artists for inspiration - I am sure there has to be a lot of work that has gone underground.

Nov. 29 2010 04:30 PM
KD Kulper from Morristown, NJ

It is fun listening to Steve Martin talk about art and his latest book. The conversation is easy going and really very interesting--nice job.

The point about what makes a painting great and valuable is really interesting. Over the weekend we watched the documentarty about the Vogels---the quirky couple that have spent their lives collecting art---mostly conceptual art.

The ability to see something special in a work of art is really a great gift and does truly take practice and a desire to see something beautiful/unique in the piece.
Herb Vogel looks closely at the art work that interests him. When he was younger, he and Dorothy would buy it if they could work out an agreeable deal with the artist.

I only read a few passages of Steve's book --Object of Beauty---but I found it interesting when he started describing how Lacey learns about art. It is mostly technical---though which makes me think she ( the character in the book) has to teach herself the look ---seeing doesn't seem to come natural for her. Perhaps Steve develops that theme as the book progresses.

Good luck to you, Steve----It was a pleasure listening to your banter with Leonard, just now.

Warm regards,

Nov. 29 2010 01:35 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Can this be a sentimental book about the art market world? Nothing about the sleaze, corruption, gating keeping of what’s in and what’s out. Marketing, packaging. Collectors being coned and they love it. All around elitism?

Nov. 29 2010 01:17 PM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.