The Art Angle Podcast: How High-Tech Van Gogh Became the Biggest Art Phenomenon Ever

This week, Ben Davis explores the phenomenon made famous by Emily in Paris.

One of the many immersive Van Gogh experiences sweeping the nation. Courtesy of Newfields.

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Unless you’re living under a particularly out of touch rock, you’ve probably heard of the immersive Van Gogh sensation currently sweeping the globe.

In a sign of our strange times, the 19th-century Dutch artist best known for the vibrating intensity of his paintings and the tragic circumstances of his life, including what one Washington Post writer called “the whole ear thing,” he has now become the man of the hour, thanks in part to a particularly memorable scene from Emily in Paris.

As we begin to limp our way out of a pandemic, high-tech glorified light shows dedicated to his legend are popping up everywhere from Naples to Paris and New York City to places like Las Vegas and Kansas City, where you might not normally expect the post-Impressionist to draw frenzied crowds. But he does.

So what is going on, what does this all mean, and why are moms of all people, so intent on joining the craze? To discuss, this week we have chief art critic Ben Davis, and a very special guest—Mrs. Seija Goldstein (yes that is Andrew’s mother)—to give us some much-needed motherly advice.


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