About the Artists

About our Tournament

The idea behind the Arts Madness tournament, much like the idea behind the podcast, is to create a fun way of learning about some familiar artists and discovering new ones. Part of my mission is to recognize art in many different forms from the painting in a gallery to the performance in a music video or an exquisitely decorated cake. I try to include artists from different backgrounds and different stages of their careers all as equals. For this year's tournament, I started by making a list of the artists that have been discussed on the podcast so far. Then to get to 64 I needed to add about a dozen or so more. I pulled those from the list of topics I have prepared for future episodes. After compiling my list of 64 diverse artists, I used a spreadsheet to randomly sort everyone for their positions in the backets.

Each week, I will post the matchups and a form for participants to vote for their favorites. The voting form will simply ask "which is better?" Each voter must decide his or her own criteria for what makes one work of art better than another. Is it about the craftsmanship, the creativity, the expressive qualities? Part of the hope is that this tournament can spark some thoughtful discussions about what we appreciate in a work of art. I hope you enjoy it, maybe discover some new artists you like or would like to learn more about, and of course please tell your friends.

See the Round 1 Matchups side by side below and listen to the podcast to learn more about each artist and their work. Voting for Round 1 will close on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

Auguste Rodin

Romare Bearden

Alexander Calder

Njideka Akunyili-Crosby

Duff Goldman

Ernie Barnes

Wassily Kandinsky

Alfonse Mucha

Jan van Eyck

Carl Larsson

Jim Davis

Jim Dine

Dan Santat

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Rene Magritte

Norman Rockwell

Jen Stark

Edvard Munch

Diego Velazquez

Vincent van Gogh

Janet Sobel

Yayoi Kusama

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

James May

Jens Haaning

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Barbara Kruger

Andy Warhol

Joe Mills


Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo

Salvador Dali


Chuck Close

Georges Seurat

Marcus Bromander

Nat Tate

Stuart Semple

Marcel Duchamp

Robert Raschenberg

Phil Hansen

Homer Simpson

Claude Monet

Burton Morris

Leonardo da Vinci

Jackson Pollock

Takashi Murakami

Anish Kapoor

Katsushika Hokusai

Georgia O'Keeffe

Keith Haring

Gustave Eiffel

Henri Matisse


Grant Wood

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Phyllida Barlow

Bisa Butler

Pablo Picasso

Charuvi Agrawal

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson


Klaus Nomi

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