Death of an Artist

Reviews For Death of an Artist

I like this series but gosh there are a lot of ads.
Season 2 is disappointing. I was excited to see a 2nd season after the wonderful 1st season on Ana Mendieta. It’s very superficial surface level, which I guess is to be expected when the time of each episode is about 30% shorter than those of the 1st season.
This podcast is significantly more ad than content. I know a lot of people who tried to listen, and I don’t know anyone who subscribed to Pushkin. I wonder if there are zillions and it justifies the format.
Meh, it’s ok, interesting subject but terribly told. I find the host of season 1 to be absolutely self-obsessed and tedious. Gets much better w season 2
Brings her life and times and places alive. I’m captivated. A gem to share 💎
What a garbage approach to telling a story. A third of the running time is advertising, then add in the preview bits of what you’re about to hear later, and the recapping of where you left off last episode. The actual content of this entire season could have been cut into a single 45min standalone episode. I’ve never heard this high of a ratio of advertising to content in any podcast in the entire history of the medium. I was excited to hear about Lee Krasner but disappointed with the experience at hand.
This is good stuff (Jackson Pollock episodes) but come on Pushkin, this is an advertisment generator. This only exists to push ads not a story. And don't give me "we need to make money" this is greed. Example epidsode 4 of Jackson Pollock, in the first 8 minutes there is 2 minutes of ads then 3 minutes 30 seconds of content then 2 minutes 30 seconds of ads!
Wow, there are a lot.
She is arrogant and I had to hate listen to this. She had to put politics into a story that should have been a story about what happened the night she died. She wanted to be the story. What a selfish person to make her the story.
This podcast is so great ESPECIALLY the ep where Helen goes deep into her feelings about cancel culture. So thoughtful. Long live Ana Mendieta and her work!❤️
Helen Molesworth is the perfect narrator for this true story. She is also considerate and defines all the art “lingo”. Thank you for making this podcast to tell Ana Mandieta’s story and what it means in the larger picture.
A question I’ve asked myself soo many times since entering my 20s and having the freedom to relearn history outside of the religious imperialist male gaze. This story unfolds in a honest, riveting way and I appreciate how the host is able to acknowledge her own struggle and part she played in the long run of this event. So thankful to have learned Ana’s story and how her memory lives on!
New to the stories of artists. Due to a Contemporary Art class, I found this trailer on YouTube— it seems my textbook missed this part of their stories. As a Latina I am grateful for the work, including research, audio clips/interviews, visual descriptions and evident passion to share a story that likely goes untold. Great play on the name too. Thank you. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What a disservice to the artist and her memory to conduct this podcast through the lens of critical theory. It’s pretentious, tedious, nasty and vengeful. The host could not be more unlikeable.
The problem in this world is not that this podcast has been published, but that there are people in this world who prefer that it not be. It’s that fear, that silence, that maintains the imbalanced status quo.


Why couldn’t she just tell the story, we get it, you hate white men!
I am not someone who knows much about the “art world.” I had never heard of the two artists this story is about. However, the podcast brings you inti the fold beautifully and is thoughtful in its presentation of the story. I’m so glad that I listened!
Thoughtfully presented, illuminating, and heartbreaking. I will be thinking about this story for a very long time, and I look forward to exploring Ana Mendieta’s work.
I came to hear Ana’s story. I couldn’t make it to the end, it was completely overshadowed by Helens hatred for whites men.
The tone of this podcast makes clear that this host revels in her place among those in the wealthy, overindulged world of "artists who matter:" those who decide what art is and those who decide what art goes where in museum displays and warehouses. She fawns over those who had the financial backing to drink themselves stupid, spew superficial nonsense about politics and spew superficial nonsense on the ground, in rock, and on canvas and call it revolutionary. The writing is sophomoric and the host's very limited framing of this era and of the people involved are not what I expected from Pushkin.
Holy moly, this podcast was amazing. As a woman who is confronting the question of, “speak up or shut up?” on a daily badid, it was phenomenal to hear how an influencer like Helen Molesworth is being confronted with the same question. The history, the education, the investigation, the conversations, the questions were masterfully woven together. I loved it.


By inovick
More shows about the art world like this please!
This podcast connects so many dots, and has me asking why is the story of artists so disconnected from their art? And who does silence protect?
Often, when podcasters speak about victims they struggle to dissociate their life from their death. Not the case with this storyteller who effortlessly immerses you in the time, place, and person. Well done, bravo!
Thank you SO SO much for this. As a practicing artist who got through just one year of art school…where we learned about all these male artists separately from their work, this has meant so much to me. Helen Molesworth was the PERFECT person to host this podcast. This story has touched me and broken me wide open.
Amazing! I loved this and I thought it was so well done.
Brilliant. This is one of the best, most thought-provoking podcasts I’ve ever listen to. On the surface it asks if we should separate an artist from his or her art. But below the surface, it’s about misogyny, violence against women, racism, and the worship of reputation based largely upon the opinion of others.


By xyzq7
This is fascinating and beautifully done! Highly recommend!
Feminists rever Solanas who shot Warhol. He also died from GI problems from the shooting. If she is not cancelled then Andre should not. The narrator is incredibly annoying and repetitive.
Loved this. Well produced, compelling, truly thought provoking.
Brave journalism from Moleworth. Not the only story of Mendieta, but one worth knowing.
Please do not let this be your one and only podcast. You have more to say, and an audience hoping to support you. I learned so, so much listening to this series. Thank you very much!
This podcast was a gripping and emotional journey thanks to the host’s incredible talent in making the very complex power dynamics and contradictions of the art world accessible to everyone. I really hope she and the producers would consider expanding this style of narrative into more seasons about more artists that need a better understanding and analysis.
Absolutely brilliant. Loved this podcast.
I enjoyed it. Not my world, but Helen weaves a compelling story retelling. Ive shared with several friends
Excellent show. I was getting a bit tired of true crime podcasts, but this one is so much more than that. It’s not just a true crime show but also raises important questions about the dynamics of the art world. I didn’t know much about Anna, but now I’m a fan.
I am an artist and an art professor. I have no interest in true crime, but I was an enormous fan of Anna Mendieta‘s work. Her shocking and horrible death, probably at the hands of her husband, was devastating to many. this podcast, by an amazingly gifted curator and thinker about art, was a gift, not just a true crime story.
I loved this podcast and devoured it. I was an art history major in college and worked in museums for a little bit after that, and while I know of Ana Mendieta’s work I knew nothing of her death. And that strange silence around her death is kind of the whole point of this podcast. Helen Molesworth is a reflective and knowledgeable host and the whole thing is fascinating. You definitely don’t have to know about the art world to engage in this story, because at its heart it’s really about being a woman in the world we all live in. My only suggestion is a spin-off podcast about the Guerilla Girls!!!
My introduction to Anna’s work was in art school and while of knew of this story, there is so much more here that I was completely unaware of. As mentioned in the title if this review, I would love to hear a continued exploration of the last few episodes of this series. I was surprised when I hit the last episode and felt more must be said about how to change things. I’m a believer that we create the change we seek. While there are just as many artists of color/female/non-binary out there, we need guidance and leadership as to how we can come together to create the alternate reality. At minimum, continued inspiration. I believe that at some point we can become a force that cannot be ignored. We go this by working together. This podcast has the foundation to do this! I hope to hear more from you.
I consider myself about four doors down from the least likely listener of a podcast pertaining to the art world, not from lack of curiosity but due to encounters with podcasts that catered more to people already familiar with “art-speak” if you will - which can be alienating. This podcast tries its best to be accessible to those of us that need brief explainers and intros when delving into subject matter, which is helpful and keeps one from getting distracted by pausing in order to look stuff up. The above aside, I have am both happy to have been introduced to the works of Ana Mendieta, and greatly saddened that we lost her so tragically. This podcast has not only expanded my enjoyment of art but opened my mind to the thoughts and activism of many amazing women. I am better for listening.
YES. Good storytelling, good use of interviews, important story about who we lose when we value abusers contributions to the world over their victims. This is the real “cancel culture”- Ana Mendieta’s life and work were taken, and his was allowed to continue without consequences. Ana Mendieta should be a household name.
Some of the best storytelling I’ve heard in a long time. Expertly produced, beautifully written. This podcast challenged me to reconsider some ideas I had on ‘cancel culture’ and the art world. Wonderfully complex and rich writing. Gorgeous.
I had intended to listen to this over the course of a few days but after listening to the first episode I was hooked. I was unfamiliar with Ana’s work prior to listening but I am glad I found her and the podcast
Very much enjoyed this. You honor her by bringing her story to many. I had no idea about this. Very interesting to think about do the morals of the artist affect your enjoyment of their art. I think they do. Carl is described as a genius yet all these years later he is still creating the same thing. I believe he just thought of using the floor and stacking found objects before anyone else. Whereas Anna would have kept creating thought provoking changing images up till this day if she had not been killed.
I don’t think it can be said that Mendieta or Andre is treated with respect here. If one assumes the latter is guilty, then I suppose respect is unwarranted. But Molsworth makes little effort to provide evidence of his guilt other than to malign his character. It feels as if even better art or a more agreeable personality or identity would have been enough to persuade her of his innocence. That’s one thing. What I find more disappointing and less expected is how others are allowed to speak on behalf of the “dead artist” in question. Woody Allen has a living accuser, who can speak for themselves. There’s no check on art-world narcissism here, despite the supposed exploration. The show closes with Mendieta speaking to Molsworth from beyond the grave, but of course this is Molsworth’s external dialogue and prejudices. I was left with only confirmation that art world insiders will always care most for themselves