The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 369 features curators Thomas Kren and Karl Kusserow.

Kren is the lead curator of "The Renaissance Nude" at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Over the course of more than 100 paintings, prints and sculpture, the exhibition examines how artists represented the human figure between the early fifteenth and the early sixteenth centuries. The show was co-curated by Jill Burke, Stephen J. Campbell with assistance from Andrea Herrera and Thomas de Pasquale. "The Renaissance Nude" is on view through January 27, 2019. It is accompanied by a fantastic catalogue published by the Getty. Amazon offers it for $61.

On the second segment, Princeton University Art Museum curator Karl Kusserow discusses "Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment," an exhibition he co-curated with Alan C. Braddock. The exhibition offers an ecocritical take on the American landscape tradition through works by nineteenth-century painters, Native American basket-makers, photographers and more. It is on view at Princeton through January 6, 2019 before traveling to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Princeton University Art Museum and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon lists it at $50.

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Episode No. 368 is a Thanksgiving weekend clips episode featuring artist Gary Simmons.

Gary Simmons's newest installation is on view at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. Titled "Gary Simmons: Fade to Black," the work is a multi-wall installation in the museum's atrium. The presentation was curated by Naima J. Keith and will remain on view through December 31, 2019. Simmons is also included in a collection installation titled "I am you, you are too" at the Walker Art Center.

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Episode No. 367 features artist Charline von Heyl and art historian Rebecca Bedell.

Washington's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is showing "Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes," a survey of paintings von Heyl has made since 2005.  The exhibition, which is on view through January 27, 2019, was curated by the Hirshhorn's Evelyn C. Hankins and Dirk Luckow of Hamburg's Deichtorhallen (with assistance from Sandy Guttman), which originated the exhibition. The exhibition catalogue was published by Delmonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $95.

von Heyl is a New York and Marfa-based abstract painter whose work engages art history and the way images are built and constructed. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at museums such as the Tate Liverpool, the Kunsthalle Nurnberg, the ICA Boston, the ICA Philadelphia, the Vienna Secession and more. She was previously a guest on Episode No. 2 (!) of The MAN Podcast.

On the second segment, Rebecca Bedell discusses her new book Moved to Tears: Rethinking the Art of the Sentimental in the United States, a fresh assessment of art that was intended to prompt empathy, nostalgia and patriotism in the context of its time, but that has often been read as saccharine when considered through the standards of the present. Bedell teaches at Wellesley College. She is the author of The Anatomy of Nature: Geology and American Landscape Painting, 1825-1875 and the curator of the 2009 Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition "Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts." Moved to Tears was published by Princeton University Press. It is available from Amazon for $45.

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Episode No. 366 features art historian John Klein and curator George Shackelford.

Klein is the author of "Matisse and Decoration," a new look at how Matisse's interest in the French decorative tradition informed and motivated his work throughout his career, but especially between 1935 and his death in 1954. The book details how Matisse translated decoration into easel painting, as well as into significant commissions for private individuals in the United States and Europe. The book also reveals how Matisse responded to the crisis of World War II and helped participate in France's post-war revival through decorative projects. The book was published by Yale University Press. It is available from Amazon for $39.

On the second segment, Kimbell Art Museum curator and senior deputy director George Shackelford discusses his museum's recent acquisition of a major Pierre Bonnard, Landscape at Le Cannet (1928). The painting, a four-foot-by-nine-foot Bonnardian address of the French decorative tradition, is now on view at the Kimbell.

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Episode No. 365 features curator Esther Adler and artist Alida Cervantes.

With Sarah Kelly Oehler, Adler is the co-curator of "Charles White: A Retrospective" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition is the first major museum full-career survey of White's work in over three decades. It spotlights White's painting, drawing and photographs, and includes archival material especially related to his mural practice. "Charles White" is on view at MoMA through January 13, 2019, when it will travel to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Art Institute of Chicago, which originated the show, and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $34.

On the second segment, artist Alida Cervantes discusses her work on the occasion of "Being Here with You/ Estando aquĆ­ contigo" at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The exhibition presents the work of 42 artists and collectives living and working in the San Diego and Tijuana region. The exhibition, which is at MCASD's downtown Jacobs Building, is on view through February 3, 2019. The exhibition catalogue is available at the museum. Concurrently, Cervantes's work is on view in in "Hello hero, hero hello. Hello Hero, Hello hello" at Efrain Lopez Projects in Chicago. It's up through November 10.

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