Thu, 13 September 2018
Episode No. 358 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Mickalene Thomas.
"Mickalene Thomas: I Can't See You Without Me" opens at The Wexner Center for the Arts on Friday, September 14. The exhibition features fifty artworks, including paintings, sculptures and installations, around the theme of four of Thomas's most significant muses: her late mother Sandra; her former girlfriend, Maya; her current partner, Racquel; and Thomas herself. The show was curated by Michael Goodson and will be on view through December 30. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Wexner. Amazon offers it for $40.
The exhibition will premiere Thomas's Je t'aime trois, a multichannel video set to music by Terri Lyne Carrington. It was enabled by a Wexner Center Artist Residency Award. On October 4, Thomas will perform entrepe, a live, improvised DJ set as a response to Carrington's work.
Thomas's work is also featured in "People Get Ready: Building a Contemporary Collection," at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The show presents work that addresses issues ranging from identity to social justice and environmentalism. It was curated by Trevor Schoonmaker and will be on view through January 6, 2019.
Thomas's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions all over the world, including at the Brooklyn Museum, the ICA Boston, the former Santa Monica Museum of Art, New York's Aperture Foundation, the Aspen Art Museum, the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and more.
Thomas was previously a guest on Episode No. 30 in 2012.
Thu, 6 September 2018
Episode No. 357 features artist Rachel Whiteread.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington opens a retrospective of Whiteread's thirty-year career on September 16. The exhibition will feature more than 100 objects, from her earliest casts of domestic objects such as a swimming cap, to her most important sculptures, such as Ghost (1990) from the NGA's own collection. The show will extend into the atrium of the NGA's East Building, where the museum will install Whiteread's Untitled (Domestic) (2002), a 22-foot-tall plaster cast of the negative space of a fire escape staircase loaned by the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. "Rachel Whiteread" is on view in Washington through January 13, 2019. It was curated by Molly Donovan and Ann Gallagher. From Washington it will travel to the Saint Louis Art Museum. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by the Tate, which originated the exhibition. Amazon offers it starting at $31.
Thu, 30 August 2018
Episode No. 356 features artist Wayne Thiebaud.
Next month, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will offer two Thiebaud exhibitions: “Paintings and Drawings,” a presentation of Thiebauds in SFMOMA’s collection, and “Artist’s Choice,” a Thiebaud-selected installation of artworks from the museum’s collection. Both shows open on Sept. 29.
This conversation is part two of a program that host Tyler Green recorded with Thiebaud in December, 2017. It first aired in January, 2018. For images, see Episode No. 324.
Thu, 23 August 2018
Episode No. 355 features artist Wayne Thiebaud.
Next month, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will offer two Thiebaud exhibitions: "Paintings and Drawings," a presentation of Thiebauds in SFMOMA's collection, and "Artist's Choice," a Thiebaud-selected installation of artworks from the museum's collection. Both shows open on Sept. 29.
This conversation is part one of a program that host Tyler Green recorded with Thiebaud in December, 2017. It first aired in January, 2018. For images, see Episode No. 324.
Thu, 16 August 2018
Episode No. 354 features curator Laurence Kanter and art historian John Klein.
Kanter is the curator of "Leonardo: Discoveries from Verocchio's Studio" at the Yale University Art Gallery. The exhibition examines a little-studied period early in Leonardo da Vinci's career: his time as an apprentice in the studio of sculptor, painter and goldsmith Andrea del Verrocchio. In the exhibition, Kanter argues that a pair of predella panels that were made for a large altarpiece in Pistoia, Italy, The Annunciation at the Louvre and A Miracle of Saint Donatus of Arezzo from the Worcester Art Museum were executed by a young Leonardo. The exhibition, which is on view through October 7, is accompanied by a terrific catalogue published by the Yale University Art Gallery and distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $35.
On the second segment, host Tyler Green's 2014 conversation with Washington University-based art historian John Klein about how Henri Matisse migrated projects from cut-outs to decorative art installations. The interview was taped on the occasion of "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" which was then on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Klein's new book, "Matisse and Decoration" which this interview effectively previews, will be out from Yale University Press in October.
Thu, 9 August 2018
Episode No. 353 features curators Megan Fontanella and Paulina Pobocha.
Fontanella is the co-curator of "Giacometti" at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. It includes nearly 200 Alberto Giacometti sculptures, paintings and drawings. Catherine Grenier co-curated the exhibition with Fontanella; they were assisted by Mathilde Lecuyer-Maille and Samantha Small. The exhibition is on view through September 8.
On the second segment, Pobocha discusses her Museum of Modern Art, New York, exhibition "Constantin Brancusi Sculpture." The exhibition looks back at the introduction of Brancusi's work to the United States at New York's 1913 Armory Show. "Brancusi" includes 11 sculptures as well as drawings, photographs, films and archival material. It is on view through February 18, 2019.
Thu, 2 August 2018
Episode No. 352 features artist Christina Quarles and curator Joel Smith.
Quarles's work typically includes recognizable elements such as flowers or tables and figures that then dissolve into each other in ways that confuse our ideas of gender, race and space. On her website, Quarles describes this blending of elements as rooted to her own personal history: "The contradiction of my Black ancestry coupled with my fair skin, results in my place always being my displace."
Next month Quarles will be the subject of a "MATRIX" exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum. She's been included in group shows at the New Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, LAXART and at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
On the second segment, Morgan Library curator Joel Smith discusses his “Peter Hujar: Speed of Life.” The exhibition, which is at the Berkeley Art Museum through November 18, includes 140 photographs and surveys Hujar’s entire career. The exhibition catalogue, published by Aperture, is easily the most important publication about Hujar. Amazon sells it for $34. This segment first aired in February when the exhibition debuted at the Morgan. For images, see Episode No. 326.
Thu, 26 July 2018
Episode No. 351 features curator Britt Salvesen and art historian Bridget Alsdorf.
Salvesen is the curator of "3D: Double Vision" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition features objects from mass culture, photography and fine art in which makers exploit the nature of perception, and binocular vision, the way our brains turn what our two eyes see into a single image. It is on view through March 31, 2019. (Yes, really.) The outstanding exhibition catalogue is both a good read and a fascinating object in its own right. It was copublished by LACMA and DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $38.
On the second segment, art historian Bridget Alsdorf discusses her contribution to "Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900," which is now at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. Alsdorf, who teaches at Princeton University, wrote an essay titled "Painting the Femme Peintre" for the exhibition catalogue. It was published by Yale University Press and American Federation of Arts. Amazon offers it for $43.
Thu, 19 July 2018
Episode No. 350 features artists Lauren Halsey and Sadie Barnette.
Two Los Angeles museums are showing ambitious Halseys. The Hammer Museum has included Halsey's The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project (Prototype Architecture) (2018) in its "Made in LA 2018" biennial, and MOCA, is exhibiting Halsey's we still here, there. "Made in LA" was curated by Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale and is on view through September 2. The Halsey installation at MOCA was curated by Lanka Tattersall with assistance from Karlyn Olvido; it's up through September 3.
Lauren Halsey is a Los Angeles and Atlanta-based artist whose work engages specific communities with architecture and sculpture that mines recent American history, Afrofuturism, the history of black representation and plenty more. She's been in group exhibitions at galleries in California, New York and Europe, and has had residencies at LA's Main Museum, at New York's Recess Art and Studio Museum.
On the second segment, Sadie Barnette discusses her Dear 1968... which is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego through September 3. The installation is the result of Barnette's research into her family history, specifically her father's participation in the Black Panther Party and the FBI's surveillance of him. Barnette is an Oakland-based artist whose work often explores urbanity, architecture, resistance and survival. Dear 1968... was previously exhibited at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and at the Manetti Shrem at the University of California, Davis. She's been included in group exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum, the Pitzer College Art Galleries, MOCAD in Detroit, and more.
Thu, 12 July 2018
Episode No. 349 features artist Sylvia Plimack Mangold and curator Naoko Takahatake.
Mangold is included in "Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes Gund," which was organized by MoMA's Ann Temkin and Cara Manes and is on view through July 22.
Mangold is among the most prominent painters to respond to emerge in the late 1960s in response to a decade dominated by minimalism and pop art. Her paintings, seemingly rooted in realism but often undermining it, played with perspective, flatness, and often engaged the centuries-long tradition of painters making paintings about painting. In 1994 the Albright-Knox Art Gallery organized a major retrospoective of her paintings; two years earlier the University of Michigan Museum of Art organized a works on paper survey. Her work has long been collected by major museums such as the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Nelson-Atkins, the Metropolitan, Brooklyn, the Whitney and more.
On the second segment, Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Naoko Takahatake discusses "The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy," which is on view at LACMA through September 16. The exhibition charts the rapid and rich development of the chairoscuro woodcut from its introduction to Italy in 1516 until the end of the sixteenth century. The exhibition is the first major presentation on the subject in the United States. The fantastic exhibition catalogue was published by LACMA and DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $59.