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Talk Art: Everything you wanted to know about contemporary art but were afraid to ask

Russell Tovey, Robert Diament

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A joyful and straightforward introduction to contemporary art from the creators of hit podcast Talk Art - actor and collector Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament.

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'As rabid admirers and collectors of contemporary art and photography we wholeheartedly recommend this passionate and joyous book. Without art the human soul is unfulfilled. This collection by Russell and Robert fully explains why.'
Sir Elton John and David Furnish

'Russell and Robert have made talking art not just pleasurable but necessary.'
Lena Dunham
'As witty, wise and well informed as Russell and Robert's excellent podcast.'
Edward Enninful, OBE

When launching the Talk Art podcast in 2018, actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament had one clear aim: to make the art world more accessible. Since then, the podcast has grown to be a global hit, featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators, gallerists, actors, musicians and fellow art lovers such as Lena Dunham, Sir Paul Smith, David Shrigley, Noel Fielding, Edward Enninful, Rose Wylie and Sir Elton John.

Talk Art, the book, is a beautiful and accessible celebration of contemporary art, and a guidebook to navigating and engaging with the art world. Covering a range of different media from photography and ceramics to performance and sound art, the book explores the way art interacts with our society, highlights lesser-known artists, and provides a snapshot of the art world as it is today.

With a wealth of imagery - some never before seen in print and some created exclusively for the book - and an informative, engaging narrative, Talk Art will become the must-have book art lovers return to again and again.

The book features highlights from interviews with: Tracey Emin, Jordan Casteel, Jerry Saltz, Elton John, Grayson Perry, Ian McKellen, Alasdair McLellan, Helen Cammock, Somaya Critchlow and many more.
Praise for the podcast:
"lively, accessible and enthusiastic" - Financial Times
"as fast-paced and gossipy as it is genuinely interesting" - Dazed
"trendy, gossipy, fast-paced conversational fun" - New York Times
"It's an education, but not in an alienating highbrow way" - NME

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Praise for Talk Art: Everything you wanted to know about contemporary art but were afraid to ask

  • A glorious treasure trove for those who feel the magnetic draw of art but fear the mysterious barriers around it - and those who are ready to collect and are seeking inspiration. Russell and Robert make you feel worthy and welcome to a world of beauty and joy that often feels inaccessible and shouldn't. - The Guilty Feminist

  • An excellent exploration into the expansive ways that contemporary art can touch any of us-from the fledgling collector to the seasoned professional. It's refreshing to hear Robert and Russell talk art without pretension.

  • Talk Art is one of my favourite podcasts. It's a portal into the worldmaking of artists and there is always so much energy in the room. - Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London

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Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey is an actor best-known for appearing in The History Boys, Years and Years, Being Human, The Good Liar, 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.

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