The Modern Art Notes Podcast

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.

Direct download: MANPodcastEpisodeTwelve.mp3
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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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Artist Zoe Strauss joins me to discuss the new exhibition that surveys her 10-year "Under I-95" project at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The show opens on Saturday and is on view through April 22. A terrific catalogue accompanies the exhibition and includes particularly strong essays by Strauss and exhibition curator Peter Barberie. Strauss and the Philly Museum have also installed 54 billboards featuring her work throughout Philadelphia. The museum has set up a dedicated website for the billboard project. It includes images of the billboards, a map and even some help with driving the circuit. Zoe Strauss's own website/blog is here.

This week's draft features artist Kianja Strobert, whose first New York solo show is on view at Zach Feuer Gallery through Saturday. Clyfford Still is one of Strobert's major influences, so she and I draft some favorite Still paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox, SFMOMA and the Hirshhorn.

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This week's Modern Art Notes Podcast features Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight, who joins me to for a look at the Pacific Standard Time series of exhibitions in southern California.

In this week's draft, Ed Schad discusses  his story in this week's LA Weekly, "Hastings Plastics: Legendary Maker of Sculptures for L.A. Artists Closes After 55 Years." In the story and on the program, Schad explains how and why Hastings was so important to light-and-space artists, and picks three of his favorite Hastings-related pieces.

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