Billy Porter (QuarARTine special episode)

Ladies and Gentleman, the category is TALK ART!!!! Russell and Robert chat to superstar Billy Porter, the leading actor, singer, writer, fashion icon and star of award-winning TV show POSE. We chat about the lockdown closure of Broadway and New York's theatres, losing two friends to the Coronavirus pandemic, his appreciation for Lady Gaga, Erykah Badu, Boy George and Madonna, writing new music and a recent conversation with Salma Hayek that helped him realise that he makes & lives performance art! We explore his show-stopping red carpet outfits designed by Christian Siriano, Rick Owens and The Blonds (the fashion duo behind his iconic gold-winged look at the Met Gala 2019), we learn about his childhood singing in the church, discovering his muscular singing voice and his journey to winning both a Tony and a Grammy award for his lead role in Kinky Boots musical. Plus we hear all about the exciting beginnings of his art collection by discovering artists whilst travelling in Cuba, his admiration for the art of Kara Walker, Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley, painting diptych he commissioned inspired by his favourite play 'Angels in America', his passion for the Whitney Museum in New York and his love of European architecture including the Royal Academy in London and Gaudi's buildings in Barcelona. Follow @TheeBillyPorter on Instagram, you can watch POSE television series on BBC and FX, @PoseOnFX. For images discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt and we are also now on Twitter @TalkArtPodcast. Thanks for listening!!!


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