Thu, 22 June 2017
Episode No. 294 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Roni Horn.
The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas is showing the first American museum exhibition devoted to Horn's cast glass sculptures. Eight of them are on view in the Nasher's Renzo Piano-designed building through August 20. In New York, Hauser & Wirth is presenting the debut of four new Horns, including the photographic series "The Selected Gifts, (1974-2015)," two series of works on paper, "The Dog's Chorus" (2016), "Th Rose Prblm" (2015), and two recent glass sculptures.
Horn has been mining the intersection of minimalist object making and conceptualism in sculpture, photography and works on paper -- and particularly the relationships between discrete objects -- since the mid-1970s. In 2009 the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, the Tate Modern and the Collection Lambert in France surveyed her career in an exhibition titled "Roni Horn, aka Roni Horn." She has had other solo shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Dia Center for the Arts in New York, among others.
Thu, 15 June 2017
Episode No. 293 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features Museum of Modern Art, New York curator Leah Dickerman and artist Ken Ashton.
Along with the Tate Modern's Achim Borchardt-Hume, Leah Dickerman is the co-curator of "Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends," a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art through September 17. The exhibition features Rauschenberg's early photography, body prints, combines, performances, prints and more. The exhibition catalogue was published by MoMA. Amazon offers it for $34 in paperback and $51 in cloth.
Leah Dickerman is a curator at MoMA. Her previous exhibitions include Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925," and a 2005-06 dada survey that Dickerman curated while working at the National Gallery of Art.
On the second segment, Ken Ashton discusses his new book "Portsmouth: Collected Saturdays," which is new from Daylight. The book features Ashton's documentation of the deindustrialization and emptying out of Portsmouth, Ohio, a small town on the Ohio River at the southern end of Appalachia. Amazon offers it for $30. Ashton's work is in the collection of institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the National Gallery of Art.
Thu, 8 June 2017
Episode No. 292 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Spencer Finch and curator Frederick Ilchman.
Spencer Finch is presenting two new installations at two venues on opposite sides of the United States: His The Western Mystery (2017), a commission from the Seattle Art Museum for its Olympic Sculpture Park, is up through March 3, 2019. At MASS MoCA, Finch's Cosmic Latte (2017) is on view at least through 2018.
Finch's work typically addresses light and its relationship to memory at specific geographic locations, and often specific times. He has fulfilled commissions for and had exhibitions at The Morgan Library, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (then the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts), the Corcoran Gallery of Art and more. His work is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Kemper Museum of Art in St. Louis, the Guggenheim and more.
Frederick Ilchman has organized the Museum of Fine Arts Boston's showing of "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine," the largest exhibition of Botticelli paintings ever shown in the United States. The exhibition, which is on view through July 9, includes 15 works by 15th-century Florentine master Sandro Botticelli, as well as works by Filippo Lippi, Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Jacopo del Sellaio and more. The exhibition was co-organized by the MFA Boston and the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary. Ilchman is the MFA Boston's curator of paintings.
Thu, 1 June 2017
Episode No. 291 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Mark Ruwedel and curator Jed Morse.
Yossi Milo Gallery in New York is showing "Mark Ruwedel: Hell and Home" through June 24. The show includes Ruwedel's 'pictures of hell,' an inventory of Western landscapes named for hell or the devil, his pictures of 'home,' of desert homes fighting a losing battle against the ravages of the harsh surrounding environment, and Opportunities Realized, Ruwedel's revisiting of Ed Ruscha's 1970 Real Estate Opportunities, in which Ruwedel photographed how the vacant lots in Ruscha's book were filled in.
Ruwedel's most recent book is "Pictures of Hell," which features essays by Tate curator Simon Baker and Chiara Siravo a historian whose work has examined our concepts of hell.
Ruwedel is one of America's most honored photographers. In 2014 he won both the Scotiabank Photography Award and a Guggenheim fellowship. His work is in the collections of major museums such as the Metropolitan, the National Gallery of Art, the Tate, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and SFMOMA.
Ruwedel and host Tyler Green refer several times to Ruwedel's 2008 book "Westward the Course of Empire," a classic which looked at what remains in places where railroads once ran across the landscape.
On the second segment, Nasher Sculpture Center curator Jed Morse discusses his museum's recent acquisition of a suite of major Manuel Neri sculptures and works on paper. They are on view at the Nasher through July 16.