The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 347 features artists Thomas Scheibitz and B. Ingrid Olson.

Thomas Scheibitz is included in "Inherent Structures" at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The exhibition features 16 artists who complicate abstract painting's traditional association with chance and aesthetic purity with work that addresses concerns that range from an exploration of materials and paints to the artists' sociopolitical interests. The exhibition was curated by Michael Goodson and is on view through August 12.

Scheibitz is a Berlin-based painter and sculptor known for developing a distinct abstract language compiles references to objects and forms into colorful wholes. In 2005 Scheibitz represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in a two-person presentation with Tino Sehgal. The Museum for Modern Art in Frankfurt presented his first retrospective in 2012. Other major solo exhibitions have been at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, and the Camden Arts Centre in London.

B. Ingrid Olson is included in "Being: New Photography 2018," which is on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York through August 19. The exhibition was curated by Lucy Gallun. Concurrently, Olson is in "Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography," which was curated by Michael Darling and Lauren Fulton. It's at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago through December 30. She's also in a two-person show at San Francisco's Jessica Silverman Gallery through July 14. Olson's work, which includes both photography and sculptural elements uses the body, her body, to explore gender, architecture, space, and form. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery just concluded Olson's first museum show, "B. Ingrid Olson: Forehead and Brain," which was curated by Holly E. Hughes.

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Episode No. 346 features historian and artist Nell Painter and artist Mark Ruwedel.

Painter is the author of Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over, which is out this week from Counterpoint Press. The "starting over" of the title refers to Painter's retirement after a elite career as an Ivy League historian to return to college as a sixty-something student -- first to take undergraduate studio art courses at Rutgers, then to pursue an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. Painter's memoir details her interactions with students and faculty, and how she tried to think through how to make art after having spent decades teaching and writing history. 

Before going to art school, Painter was one of America's most distinguished historians. She is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University. Her books include Standing at Armageddon, Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol, and the New York Times bestseller The History of White People. She is a past president of both the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association.

Amazon is offering Old in Art School for about $15 in both Kindle and hardcover.

On the second segment, an excerpt from host Tyler Green's 2017 conversation with Mark Ruwedel. The Tate Modern is showing an extensive selection of Ruwedel's through December 3, an installation that was curated by Sarah Allen and Simon Baker. The Ruwedels in London include work from most parts of his career, including his famed railway cuts and his so-called pictures from hell, photographs of Western landscape features named for the devil or his (his?) underworld home. Ruwedel is also included in an exhibition the Denver Art Museum opens this weekend: "New Territory: Landscape Photography Today," a survey of global landscape photography. Curated by Eric Paddock, it's on view through September 16.

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Episode No. 345 features artist Ursula von Rydingsvard.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia is presenting "Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling," an exhibition of roughly 20 von Rydingsvards mostly made since 2000. Curated by Mark Rosenthal, the show is on view through August 26. The exhibition catalogue, which is not yet available, will be published by FWM and Hirmer. In addition, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is showing two von Rydingsvards through April 28, 2019, New York's Galerie Lelong is showing an exhibition of von Rydingsvard's work through June 23, and von Rydingsvard is included in "Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes Gund" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York through July 22.

Ursula von Rydingsvard is one of America's leading sculptors. Since her first solo exhibition 43 years ago, she has had solo exhibitions at or fulfilled commissions for museums such as the Storm King Art Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center and many more.

See images discussed on this week's program. 

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Episode No. 344 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Luke Syson and artist Anne Appleby.

Along with Sheena Wagstaff, Brinda Kumar, Emerson Bowyer and Elyse Nelson, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Luke Syson is a co-curator of "Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300-now)" at the Met's Breuer building through July 22. The exhibition features 120 sculptures from the first or second century to the present and considers how artists have presented the human body, especially with color. The outstanding exhibition catalogue was published by the Met and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $43.

On the second segment, artist Anne Appleby discusses new work she's showing in "We Sit Together the Mountain and Me" at the Tacoma Art Museum. The exhibition, which is on view through July 8, was curated by Rock Hushka. Appleby's work is held by the Portland Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, SFMOMA, and more. This interview was recorded in April.

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