The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 299 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Glenn Ligon and curator Stephen Brown.

Ligon is the curator of "Blue Black" at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. Informed by the Pulitzer's Ellsworth Kelly wall sculpture Blue Black, the exhibition features more than 50 artworks that use color to address questions related to language, identity and more. The exhibition is on view through October 7. The catalogue of the exhibition is complimentary save the cost of shipping ($7 in the US, $14 abroad). 

Ligon is an artist whose 2011 mid-career survey was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and traveled to LACMA and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Power Plant in Toronto, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. 

On the second segment, curator Stephen Brown discusses his exhibition "Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry," which is at The Jewish Museum in New York through September 24. He co-curated  the show with Georgiana Uhlyarik at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The exhibition's catalogue was published by Yale University Press.  

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Episode No. 298 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features sound artists Bill Fontana and Christina Kubisch.

This is the first of two MAN Podcast episodes spotlighting artists in "Soundtracks," a new exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art that examines the role of sound in art. The show, which was curated by Rudolf Frieling and Tanya Zimbardo, will remain on view through January 1, 2018. It features nearly three dozen artworks that are or include sound. SFMOMA has built out an extensive digital infrastructure for the show, including an exhibition guide, a catalogue, and interviews with artists such as Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Christina Kubisch, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, and Richard T. Walker.

This week's MAN Podcast features exhibition artists whose work makes the invisible audible. San Francisco-based artist Bill Fontana has been making what he calls 'sound sculptures' for 40 years. He's exhibited all over the world, including at the Venice Biennale, Madrid's Reina Sofia, London's Tate Modern, New York's Madison Square Park, and more.

Christina Kubisch is a Berlin-area-based composer and artist who works with electromagnetic induction, making both walks for which listeners/viewers wear a special set of headphones and move through a city to hear sounds to which Kubitsch has guided them on a map, and sound sculptures that feature sound related to their physical presence. Kubisch has created dozens of electrical walks all over the world, has been featured in the Venice Biennale, Documenta and in scores of group and solo shows.


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Episode No. 297 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Richard Deacon and Daniel Heidkamp.

The San Diego Museum of Art is showing "Richard Deacon: What You See Is What You Get," a survey of the artist's career. Curated by Ariel Plotek, it's on view through Sept. 4. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by the museum. Host Tyler Green and Deacon also mention passages from Deacon's 2014 book of writings, titled "So, If, And, But: Writings 1970-2012."

Throughout a nearly 50-year career as a sculptor, draftsman and print-maker, Deacon has explored form, volume and space with unusual rigor. Much of his work is motivated by the exploration of shapes within shapes, with the tension between the two shapes and the material in which the work is made providing the artwork's activating tension. Deacon's dozens of major exhibitions include a 2014 retrospective at the Tate Britain, and last year the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany presented a career-length survey of Deacon's drawings.

On the second segment, Daniel Heidkamp discusses his paintings and the pictures of them on view in "Taking Pictures: Camera Phone Conversations Between Artists" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Breuer location. The exhibition was curated by Mia Fineman and is on view through Dec. 17. Heidkamp is showing paintings related to the exhibition at New York's Half Gallery through July 21.

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Episode No. 296 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Matthew Affron and artist Andrea Chung.

Matthew Affron, a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is one of the co-curators of "Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950," which is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through October 1. The exhibition chronicles the history of Mexican modernism at the beginning of the twentieth century and the social, political, and cultural forces that shaped it. Among other critical plaudits, MAN Podcast host Tyler Green named it to his 2016 top ten list.

The curatorial team for the exhibition includes Renato González Mello, Director of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Dafne Cruz Porchini, a post-doctoral researcher at the Colegio de México in Mexico City; and Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Mark A. Castro.

On the second segment, Andrea Chung discusses an exhibition of her work titled "You Broke the Ocean in Half to be Here," at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Curated by Jill Dawsey, the exhibition is on view at MCASD's downtown location through August 20.  Chung's work, including an installation she's planning for the forthcoming Prospect ennial, explores the legacies of migration and colonialism in the Caribbean.

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Artist Barkley L. Hendricks

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