Podcasts / Waldy & Bendy’s Adventures in Art

  • Season 1, Episode 1
    Season 1, Episode 1
    This week Bendy will be opining about the controversial museum practice of ‘deaccessioning’ and I’ll be asking why Gauguin was such a great painter of children.
  • Season 1, Episode 2
    Season 1, Episode 2
    Why are we so obsessed with Leonardo da Vinci, and a virtual tour of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
  • Season 1, Episode 3
    Season 1, Episode 3
    What do we think of Caravaggio, and can bad people be good artists? Also, a lockdown interview with the director of the Wallace Collection.
  • Season 1, Episode 4
    Season 1, Episode 4
    This week - Artemisia Gentileschi. Is she as good as everyone says? We also review Grayson Perry's new TV art show and discuss why picture restoration has suddenly become such a popular topic.
  • Season 1, Episode 5
    Season 1, Episode 5
    Rubens divides opinions. But can he divide Waldy & Bendy? Also, a lockdown interview with Tracey Emin and why Bendy wants a Holbein.
  • Season 1, Episode 6
    Season 1, Episode 6
    Why are celebrities grabbing their paint brushes during the Great Lockdown, and what exactly is the elusive art movement they call Mannerism? Plus Waldy’s self-portrait as Philip Guston.
  • Season 1, Episode 7
    Season 1, Episode 7
    Tate Modern ought to be celebrating its 20th birthday, but the party had to be called off. So Waldy and Bendy throw their own party. Bendy also has a go at curating and Waldy picks Gustav Klimt's gorilla as his painting of the week.
  • Season 1, Episode 8
    Season 1, Episode 8
    We talk to Grayson and Philippa Perry about their TV Art Club and ask who wears the trousers in their relationship? We also discuss The Royal Academy and Malcolm Gladwell's podcast 'The Lady Vanishes'. Plus Waldy gets in touch with his Polish roots!
  • Season 1, Episode 9
    Season 1, Episode 9
    Waldy & Bendy wade into the Pre-Raphaelites and then hand out the first Wendies - the Waldy & Bendy Awards for the best museum websites. With big winners and even bigger losers!
  • Season 1, Episode 10
    Season 1, Episode 10
    Waldy and Bendy discuss iconoclasm and choose ‘the world’s worst museum website’. In On The Wall, Bendy goes for a landscape and Waldy goes for a VW camper van!
  • Season 1, Episode 11
    Season 1, Episode 11
    Waldy & Bendy talk to Damien Hirst about the impact of the lockdown and fall in love with Gainsborough. Bendy chooses a picture to hang on his wall that is famous for its wart, while Waldy goes for something bigger. Much bigger.
  • Season 1, Episode 12
    Season 1, Episode 12
    Waldy and Bendy go head to head, arguing over whether British art is actually any good. And the Wendy Awards return, this time handed out to the best painters of children.
  • Season 1, Episode 13
    Season 1, Episode 13
    Waldy & Bendy interview the director of the National Gallery and ask why the museums are taking such a long time to reopen. Then they hand out the prestigious Waldy & Bendy Award for the Worst Painter of Children in art.
  • Season 1, Episode 14
    Season 1, Episode 14
    Waldy and Bendy take a pop at Hogarth and discuss what it's like to visit galleries again as the lockdown eases. In On the Wall, Bendy goes for a stolen painting while Waldy goes for a heap of old instruments.
  • Season 2, Episode 1
    Season 2, Episode 1
    Waldy & Bendy return to discuss Artemisia Gentileschi and to tell us what they've been up to since the last lockdown. Plus Anna Akhmatova.
  • Season 2, Episode 2
    Season 2, Episode 2
    Waldy & Bendy attempt an American art special. But don’t get very far. Also, the timely return of the Waldy & Bendy Awards, where the search is on for the worst statue in Britain.
  • Season 2, Episode 3
    Season 2, Episode 3
    Waldy & Bendy discuss an exciting new Museum of African Art, talk to the author of The Brutish Museums, and then cuddle up to Bendy’s donkey. That’s right. Bendy has a donkey.
  • Season 2, Episode 4
    Season 2, Episode 4
    Waldy & Bendy dive into the dangerous artistic waters of fakes and forgeries, and ask what’s real in art and what isn’t? When they’ve done that, they go fishing and play some chess.
  • Season 2, Episode 5
    Season 2, Episode 5
    Waldy tries to convince Bendy of the wonders of Rococo, and they both put on their wellies and stomp back to the farm to look at cats in art. Plus Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
  • Season 2, Episode 6
    Season 2, Episode 6
    Waldy and Bendy go gaga over the Royal Collection, and things go from baaaad to worse when they try to select the best sheep in art.
  • Season 2, Episode 7
    Season 2, Episode 7
    Christmas Special. Waldy & Bendy argue about the Best Nativity in Art, Bendy has a chat with a Hollywood superstar, and Waldy puts on a sealskin onesie.
  • Season 3, Episode 1
    Season 3, Episode 1
    Waldy & Bendy confront some shocking news from the art world. Waldy has a chat with the head conservation honcho at the National Gallery. And Bendy chooses an obscure picture for his On the Wall. Not!
  • Season 3, Episode 2
    Season 3, Episode 2
    Waldy & Bendy discuss sculpture after a chat with Antony Gormley, and then entertain themselves in the lockdown by watching a terrible film about Frida Kahlo. Then Waldy chooses a Fatimid ewer for his imaginary shelf.
  • Season 3, Episode 3
    Season 3, Episode 3
    Waldy & Bendy discover a new kind of blue and poke about in the Oval Office, looking at the art. The bad film this week is The Agony and the Ecstasy, with Charlton Heston as Michelangelo and Rex Harrison as Julius II.
  • Season 3, Episode 4
    Season 3, Episode 4
    Waldy & Bendy run the rule over Albrecht Dürer and continue their search for the worst film about an artist ever made with ‘Pollock’, starring Ed Harris. Plus, a visit to an auction and Sophie the art baby.
  • Season 3, Episode 5
    Season 3, Episode 5
    Waldy & Bendy go head to head deciding if Lust For life is a worse van Gogh film than At Eternity’s Gate.  Plus the Raphael cartoons and a scary portrait of Andy Warhol.
  • Season 3, Episode 6
    Season 3, Episode 6
    Waldy and Bendy have a Valentine's Day kiss-off, and conclude their search for the Worst Film About an Artist Ever Made with The Rebel starring Tony Hancock.
  • Season 3, Episode 7
    Season 3, Episode 7
    Waldy & Bendy celebrate the dodgy birth of El Greco, and Waldy has a chat with Britain’s greatest forger, Shaun Greenhalgh. Plus the spiritual abstraction of Georgiana Houghton.
  • Season 3, Episode 8
    Season 3, Episode 8
    Waldy & Bendy celebrate the dodgy anniversary of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Bendy has a chat with Joanna Wood about accessibility in museums, and Waldy goes to Istanbul in his dreams.
  • Season 3, Episode 9
    Season 3, Episode 9
    Waldy & Bendy delve into hell in the art of Hieronymus Bosch, and almost come to blows over prices in the auction world. Meanwhile Bendor takes a walk in ancient Rome and Waldy goes to India.
  • Season 3, Episode 10
    Season 3, Episode 10
    Waldy & Bendy celebrate Mother's Day with a look at mothers in art, and pop into the big auction to see how much the Beeple will fetch. Also Waldy has a chat with Andy Goldsworthy about land art.
  • Season 3, Episode 11
    Season 3, Episode 11
    Waldy & Bendy discuss some shocking news from the art world and investigate the future of museums. Bendy talks to a big honcho who’s written a book on the subject, while Waldy remembers Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Season 3, Episode 12
    Season 3, Episode 12
    Waldy & Bendy raid Bendor Grosvenor's farm in the search for the best horse in art! Waldy reveals how Caspar David Friedrich changed his television career, while, Bendy visits the Queen.
  • Season 3, Episode 13
    Season 3, Episode 13
    In their Easter Special, Waldy & Bendy look at the best eggs in art. Waldy also has a chat with David Hockney about spring.
  • Season 3, Episode 14
    Season 3, Episode 14
    Digital Special! Waldy & Bendy change their names, get lost in the Metaverse, and continue their search for the best horse picture in art. Plus Beyonce!
  • Season 3, Episode 15
    Season 3, Episode 15
    Booze Special! To celebrate the reopening of pubs in Britain, Waldy & Bendy search out the best drinking scenes in art. Also, ex-Masterchef presenter, Lloyd Grossman, talks about his new book on Bernini!
  • Season 3, Episode 16
    Season 3, Episode 16
    Waldy & Bendy go in search of the best St George in art, Waldy talks to Yoko Ono, while Bendy relives the Battle of Britain.
  • Season 3, Episode 17
    Season 3, Episode 17
    Waldy & Bendy hear some shocking news from the art world, and celebrate spring by looking at the best gardens in art.
  • Season 3, Episode 18
    Season 3, Episode 18
    In a Line of Duty special, Waldy & Bendy get their collars felt, and then go head to head in the Battle of the Baroque!
  • Season 3, Episode 19
    Season 3, Episode 19
    Season Finale! Waldy & Bendy visit Bendor Grosvenor's Farm to search for the best birds in art and look back at their favourite art moments of the lockdown.
  • Christmas Special 2021 Part 1
    Christmas Special 2021 Part 1
    In Part 1 of their Christmas and New Year Special Waldy and Bendy finally get to meet in the flesh and chop down the best trees in art!
  • Christmas Special 2021 part 2
    Christmas Special 2021 part 2
    The Waldy & Bendy Christmas and New Year Special continues with a look back at a difficult year in art. Who was best and, more importantly, who was worst.
  • Tracey Emin Interview
    Tracey Emin Interview
    While Bendor is flying over the Swiss Alps, Waldemar is chatting to British artist Tracey Emin. They talk about her holiday, her recovery from cancer, and her exciting new plans for life in Margate.