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Talk Art

Everything You Wanted to Know About Contemporary Art but Were Afraid to Ask
By Russell Tovey ; By Robert Diament
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"All we wanted to do was make art accessible, non-academic, non-elitist, gossipy and fun" (Russell Tovey, quoted in the New York Times) Engaging, informative and open to everyone, Ta...
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"Heartfelt and informative, this serves as the perfect springboard for those curious about the wide and varied world of art."
—Publishers Weekly

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"All we wanted to do was make art accessible, non-academic, non-elitist, gossipy and fun" (Russell Tovey, quoted in the New York Times

Engaging, informative and open to everyone, Talk Art established itself as the must-listen cultural podcast in both the UK and the US, and it has now garnered 1.5 million downloads. With infectious enthusiasm, Russell and Robert have opened the doors to the art world and have welcomed people of all ages and backgrounds into the conversation. 

Talk Art, the book, is a beautiful and accessible celebration of contemporary art and a guidebook to navigating and engaging with the art world. Informal and jargon-free, this book proves that art really is for everyone. With a wealth of knowledge, Talk Art will become the must-have book that art lovers return to again and again.

The book features highlights from interviews with: Tracey Emin, Rose Wylie, Helen Cammock, Jordan Casteel, Edward Enninful, Jerry Saltz, Elton John, Billy Porter, Grayson Perry, Michael Stipe, Lena Dunham, Rose McGowan, Ian McKellen, Deborah Frances-White, David Shrigley, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Michael Craig-Martin, among others.

Chapters include:
  • Art & Feminism
  • Photojournalism as Art
  • Art & Political Change
  • How to Navigate the Art World
  • How do I Create My Own Collection?
  • Make Your Own Art
  • Highlights from popular features of the podcast, including 'Art Heist' and 'Favourite Colour'
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7 1/2 x 9 1/4
Publication Date: 05/18/2021
ISBN: 9781797214245
Russell Tovey is an actor best known for appearing in the films The History Boys and he Good Liar and the television series Years and Years, Being Human, Doctor Who, HBO's Looking and ITV's The Sister. He is also a passionate art collector, with more than 300 pieces, and a judge for the prestigious Turner Prize 2021. He lives in the UK.

Robert Diament is the director of the Carl Freedman Gallery and Counter Editions (a company that produces prints and multiples by leading contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin, David Shrigley and Martin Creed). Before working in art, he was the lead singer of electropop band Temposhark. He lives in Margate, Kent, in the UK.

"Heartfelt and informative, this serves as the perfect springboard for those curious about the wide and varied world of art."
—Publishers Weekly