The Modern Art Notes Podcast

This week's show features painter Lari Pittman, whose The Veneer of Order (1985) is one of the most important works in the MCA Chicago exhibition "This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s."  

The second segment features Crown Point Press founder Kathan Brown talking about the prints Richard Diebenkorn made with her at Crown Point. Many of them are included in "Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series" at the Orange County Museum of Art.

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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.

Direct download: MANPodcastEpisodeTwenty.mp3
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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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