The Modern Art Notes Podcast

This week's Modern Art Notes Podcast is devoted to Jan van Eyck, the greatest painter of the northern Renaissance.

Remarkably, there's only one English-language monograph on van Eyck's art. Titled "Jan Van Eyck: The Play of Realism," it was written by my first guest, Craig Harbison. A revised, expanded version of the book is just out from Reaktion Books.

My second guest, Ron Spronk, coordinated the "Closer to van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece" web project. This new website is remarkable for many reasons. First: It's difficult to see the Ghent Altarpiece in any detail in person: Many of the panels are 15 feet off the ground, leaving them impossible to examine closely. Now anyone can examine high-resolution, digital versions of them in never-seen-before quality.

But the site is much more than that: Unlike popular macrophotography sites such as the Google Art Project, "Closer to van Eyck" offers four layers of technical documentation of the Ghent Altarpiece: The straightforward macrophotographic image, but also infrared macrophotography, infrared reflectography and x-ray images.

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This week's Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Mark Bradford. A mid-career survey of his artwork is on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

This week's program also features something new: Sound! Over the course of today's program and each MAN Podcast, you'll hear the entire piece artist Steve Roden made for the show. Roden joins me in the second segment to discuss the show's new sound and what he's working on now.

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This week's Modern Art Notes Podcast features Richard Serra, our greatest living sculptor. A retrospective of his drawings has just opened at its originating institution, The Menil Collection. It will be on view through June 10. 

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This week's Modern Art Notes Podcast features Elizabeth Easton, the curator of “Snapshot: Painters and Photography: Bonnard to Vuillard.” The exhibition, organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, is on view at the Phillips through May 6.

The exhibition spotlights six artists – Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Maurice Denis, Henri Evenepoel, Henri Riviere and George Hendrik  Breitner – and examines how their use of the hand-held Kodak camera, which was introduced in 1888, informed their work.

In the program's second segment, I talk with painter Anne Appleby, one of the top colorists in American art. An exhibition of Appleby's most recent paintings is on view at New York's Danese gallery through March 10. 

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This week's Modern Art Notes Podcast features Terry Winters, who is showing collages and eleven new paintings at New York's Matthew Marks Gallery. The exhibition is on view through April 14. Winters was the subject of a Lisa Phillips-curated mid-career survey at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1992, and in 2001 Nan Rosenthal organized a survey of his prints for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In the show's second segment, I talk with Isabelle Dervaux, the curator of modern and contemporary drawings at New York's Morgan Library. Dervaux's new show is a survey of Dan Flavin's drawings. It's on view through July 1.

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This week's Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Doug Wheeler, one of the pioneers of light-and-space art. A major Wheeler 'infinity environment' installation is on view now at Chelsea's David Zwirner Gallery. Also, a major Wheeler was just acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, which featured Wheeler prominently in its light-and-space survey "Phenomenal." 

In the show's second segment, Helen A. Harrison, the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center joins me to talk about a new exhibition she's curated for the Archives of American Art in Washington. Titled "Memories Arrested in Space," the show comes from the AAA's collection and celebrates the 100th anniversary of Pollock's birth.

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This week's Modern Art Notes Podcast features trickster-cum-artist Tom Friedman, whose first New York show in six years opens this weekend at Chelsea gallery Luhring Augustine. Friedman is also included in "Lifelike," a major exhibition opening this month at the Walker Art Center. The show will travel to the New Orleans Museum of Art, MCASD and to the Blanton. 

In the show's second segment, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts curator Francesca Herndon-Consagra and I discuss "Reflections of the Buddha," on view at the Pulitzer through March 10. The museum recently published its online catalogue for the show. 

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This week's Modern Art Notes Podcast features sculptor Mark Handforth, whose work is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami in the survey exhibition, "Mark Handforth: Rolling Stop." 

In the show's second segment, LACMA curator Sofia Sanabrais and I discuss the seemingly unlikely story of how exactly Japanese screen painting came to influence Mexican painters during the Spanish colonial period.

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Larry Bell joins me to discuss his career as one of the foremost sculptors of the post-war period. Installations of Bell's work in Pacific Standard Time exhibitions, including in "Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface" at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (see this week's banner), were among the highlights of the series. PST especially revealed Bell, 72, as a key pivot between California hard-edge painting, light-and-space and minimalism, which Bell anticipated in his sculptural work of the late 1950s. Bell's work is in the collection of virtually every major museum of modern and contemporary art.

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This week's Modern Art Notes Podcast features New York-based artist Shirin Neshat, who joins me to discuss the art she's made in response to Iran's Green Revolution and the Arab Spring. An exhibition of Neshat's work is on view at Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York through February 11.

Neshat has been the subject of major survey exhibitions at museums in Spain, Germany, England, Italy, Mexico, Canada and the United States. Among many other honors, She won the Silver Lion at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival for her movie "Women Without Men." Next year the Detroit Institute of Arts will present a major retrospective of her work.

This week's program also features Museum of Fine Arts Houston curator and MFAH International Center for the Arts of the Americas director Mari Carmen Ramirez. Today the ICAA launches a new project: Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art, a major online archive that will include 10,000 primary source documents about Latin American and Latino modern and contemporary art.

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