Art Matters is the podcast that brings together pop culture and art history, hosted by Ferren Gipson.

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In the second episode of Art Matters, we’re talking to the creators of Tabloid Art History, a Twitter account that joins up the celebrity images of today with paintings from art history.

We discuss how Lindsay Lohan gives off Caravaggio vibes; the artistic merit to be found in the Real Housewives of Atlanta; and how Lady Gaga and Beyoncé have used art historical images to promote themselves and their music.

The Virgin of Guadalupe by unknown artist / I Have Three Hearts (Beyonce)

The Virgin of Guadalupe by unknown artist / I Have Three Hearts (Beyonce)

This episode's guests

Elise Bell, Chloe Esslemont and Mayanne Soret are the brains behind Tabloid Art History.  

TAH was created in November 2016 by University of Edinburgh students Elise and Chloe, has built a community of over 40,000 followers over the last year, and has been featured in Vanity Fair, Dazed, Vogue, i-D and Vox. In April 2017, the duo were commissioned an exhibition piece by art collective CWDT. They produced a zine looking at the intersection of pop culture and art history, through which Mayanne, a UCL graduate, joined the team. The zine sold over 180 copies worldwide, and is still available to read online for free through the website. In 2018, Tabloid Art History is extending to Instagram, and will work to produce more art history content to help democratise the subject.

Tabloid Art History on Twitter

On Instagram

On their website

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