A brush with...

A brush with... is a series of exclusive conversations with leading artists and art world figures, exploring their work and life through their cultural experiences. The interviews can be found as articles online and in our monthly print edition and also as a podcast—focussing on artists—hosted by Ben Luke.

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Announcing our new podcast: A brush with...

In four exclusive conversations, painters reveal the art, music, books and media that have inspired them

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Elmgreen & Dragset

Smartphones, Foucault and anti-fascist tapestries: Elmgreen and Dragset on their biggest cultural influences

The subversive artist duo tell us about their favourite books, music and poetry

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Artists

What songs do contemporary artists listen to while they work? Tune in to our Spotify playlist to find out

From Joni Mitchell to Radiohead and Sun Ra, Michael Armitage, Jenny Saville, Chantal Joffe and Rashid Johnson reveal their favourite tracks

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A brush with... Chantal Joffe

An in-depth podcast conversation on the painter’s big influences, from Chaim Soutine to Anne Sexton

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A brush with... Jenny Saville

An in-depth podcast conversation on the painter’s big influences, from Michelangelo to Cy Twombly

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A brush with... Michael Armitage

The Kenyan-British artist tells The Art Newspaper about the art, literature, music and media that inspire him

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From logician Kurt Gödel to Turkish film and literature: Fatos Ustek on her biggest cultural influences

We ask the curator about her favourite art, books and what she has been doing during lockdown

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YouTube, Nietzsche and the Vietnam War: George Condo on his biggest cultural influences

We ask the artist about his favourite art, book and what he has been doing during lockdown

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Zoe Whitley

A brush with... Zoe Whitley

The new director of London's Chisenhale Gallery recommends her favourite book, music, and Instagram account

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A brush with... Sterling Ruby

We ask the artist about his favourite novels and find out about the Polish song he listens to on repeat

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A brush with... Tomás Saraceno

We ask the artist about his favourite book, film and cultural experience as well his thoughts on the most underrated—and overrated—cultural figures