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"The Lady in Gold" --- A Modern Painting at the Crossroads of History, Beauty, Wealth, and Mystery

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[Also aired on Wednesday, February 29th. We ran two StudioTulsa shows for Leap Day....] On today's ST, we hear from Anne-Marie O’Connor, a writer for The Washington Post (and formerly The Los Angeles Times), who tells us about her fascinating, hard-to-put-down new work of nonfiction, "The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer." This engaging story --- part history, part fairy-tale, part suspense yarn --- gives readers the biography, so to speak, of Klimt’s famous rendering of Adele Bloch-Bauer, one of the most emblematic society portraits of its time; of the beautiful, seductive Viennese Jewish salon hostess who sat for it; of the notorious artist who painted it; of the now-vanished Vienna that shaped it; and of the strange twists of fate that befell it (which included being seized by the Nazis). Widely seen as a masterpiece --- and clearly one of the 20th century’s most recognizable paintings --- this work made headlines when it was purchased for $135 million approximately one century after Klimt completed it. Now comes a book that's worthy of so rich and varied a narrative.... As a starred review in Booklist put it: "Writing with a novelist's dynamism, O'Connor resurrects fascinating individuals and tells a many-faceted, intensely affecting, and profoundly revelatory tale of the inciting power of art and the unending need for justice."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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