A Toast To The Arts

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Niagara Falls (© Annie Leibovitz. From “Pilgrimage” (Random House, 2011))

Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

Most artists count themselves among the 99 percent, even though patrons, buyers and curators are in the top tier. Artists Shepard Fairey and William Powhida discuss politics and the arts. Plus: the 20th century in Pantone colors; portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz on places that matter to her; Bruce Davidson on listener-submitted subway shots; 101 lessons from art school; and what New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast hates from A to Z.

Pilgrimage: Annie Leibovitz's America

Annie Leibovitz, legendary photographer and author of Pilgrimage, discusses her journey through this country, taking photographs of American pilgrimage sights. 

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Bruce Davidson on Photographing the Subway

Bruce Davidson, legendary photographer, discusses the 25th Anniversary of his collection, Subway, which has just been re-released and reviews our listener-submitted subway shots. 


Art School in Brief

Kit White, artist and professor of painting at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, offers a quick and dirty art school education from "1. Art can be antyhing", to "101. Not every art school graduate becomes a successful artist". White is also the author of 101 Things to Learn in Art School. 


Color Schemes

Keith Recker, co-author with Leatrice Eiseman of Pantone: The 20th Century in Color, looks at the last century through its changing color palettes. 

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Artists as Activists

Shepard Fairey, a street artist and Christy Maclear executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation talk about the inaugural year of the 'Artist as Activist' print project launched by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless


ABC's of Phobias

New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast designs her own take on the alphabet book, from "alien abduction" to the end in What I Hate from A to Z.


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