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#179 - "One of the greatest paintings of all time"

16 mins | Apr 1, 2022

Today's episode from 1st April 2022. We begin the new month with two stories you're sure to think are April's Fools pranks. They're not. The first is how one of Andy Warhol's paintings of the iconic Marilyn Monroe is expected to fetch hundreds of millions of dollars when it goes to auction later this year. We explore why "Shot Blue Marilyn" is so significant, even though it's so similar to others by the pop artist. Then later, we meet the Japanese man who makes a living being a silent companion to others. We explore what the "Do Nothing Guy" tell us about the insecurities we all feel at time. A silkscreen of Marilyn Monroe made by Andy Warhol is expected to be auctioned in May 2022 for up to $200 million. Christie's, the auctioning house, declared it "one of the greatest paintings of all time". But here is the fascinating part: there are many others just like it, all made by Warhol as well. For The Financial Times, John Gapper examines the benefits of mechanical reproduction for artists, something that Warhol "grasped early on." Meet Shoji Morimoto, a 38-year old man known as Japan's "do-nothing guy", who for about $85 will offer you the unique, but highly in-demand service of his quiet company. In this fascinating story from the Washington Post, Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Julia Mio Inuma contemplate why Morimoto's services are not a 'gimmick' but something rather more nuanced and meaningful than many would imagine. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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