The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 382 features artist Allen Ruppersberg and curator Lucinda Barnes.

The Hammer Museum is presenting "Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property, 1968-2018." The exhibition is a retrospective that reveals Ruppersberg's pioneering role in the development of conceptual art and how he has advanced his ideas into painting, collage and installation in the decades since. It includes extensive presentation of both of Ruppersberg's most important and groundbreaking projects: Al's Cafe (1969), in which Ruppersberg created a cafe and served customers artist-made meals that included ingredients such as rocks and pine cones; and Al's Grand Hotel (1971), a fully functioning hotel (named after a 1932 MGM movie) with artist-designed rooms. The exhibition was curated by Siri Engberg with assistance from curatorial fellows Jordan Carter and Fabián Leyva-Barragán, and debuted at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. It is on view at the Hammer through May 12. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Walker. Amazon offers it for $41.

On the second segment, Lucinda Barnes discusses "Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction," a broad survey of Hofmann's painting from 1930 through the end of his life in 1966. The exhibition is at the Berkeley Art Museum through July 21, when it will travel to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Hofmann was a German-born painter and teacher whose came to the United States in 1930, when he was 50 years old, to teach and to continue his career. The exhibition's excellent catalogue was published by University of California Press. Amazon offers it for $48.

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Episode No. 381 features artist Trevor Paglen and curator Nancy Edwards.

From Friday, Feb. 22, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is presenting "Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen," a mid-career survey. Paglen's work examines the nexus of power, systems, state intelligence and the military, usually in an effort to make the invisible visible. Among the institutions devoting exhibitions to Paglen's art are the Vienna Secession, and the Kunstverein in Frankfurt. He's written five books and is a MacArthur 'genius' fellowship recipient. "Paglen" is at MCASD's downtown location through June 2. It was curated by John P. Jacob and organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which published the show's terrific catalogue. Amazon offers it for $37.

On the second segment, Kimbell Art Museum curator Nancy Edwards discusses "The Lure of Dresden: Bellotto at the Court of Saxony." The exhibition features onetime Canaletto studio-hand Bernardo Bellotto's extraordinary broad, yet detailed view paintings of Dresden and its environs. (Bellotto was the court painter in Dresden from roughly 1748-58.) The exhibition is on view through April 28. The excellent catalogue was published by Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and Sandstein Verlag. Amazon offers it for $33.

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Episode No. 380 is a holiday weekend clips episode featuring a previously recorded interview with curator Esther Adler.

With Sarah Kelly Oehler, Adler is the co-curator of "Charles White: A Retrospective" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 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 LACMA from Sunday, February 17 through June 9, 2019. 

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Episode No. 379 features artist Amy Sherald and curator Iria Candela.

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is showing "Amy Sherald," an exhibition of recent paintings, through May 18. The exhibition was organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and curated by its director, Lisa Melandri.

On the second segment, Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Iria Candela discusses "Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold," a retrospective of the Argentine-Italian artist. The exhibition is primarily on view at the Met Breuer through April 14, but Fontana environments are also on view at the Met's Fifth Avenue building at the El Museo del Barrio. The catalogue was published by the Met and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $42.

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