The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 390 features critic and author Barry Schwabsky and artist Shara Hughes.

Distributed Art Publishers has just published "Landscape Painting Now: From Pop Abstraction to New Romanticism," a look at how painters from all over the world are addressing landscape in their work. It features more than 80 artists and over 400 artworks. Amazon offers it for $43.

The book was edited by Todd Bradway. The text is by Barry Schwabsky, with contributions from Susan A. Van Scoy, Robert R. Shane, and Louise Sørensen.

Schwabsky is art critic for The Nation and the coeditor of international reviews for Artforum, a New York art magazine.

Shara Hughes is a New York-based painter. She has been included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, MASS MoCA and at the Katonah (NY) Art Museum, In 2020 La Consortium in Dijon, France will host a solo exhibition of Hughes's work. Her paintings address both landscape and elements of landscape assembled in sometimes fantastical ways.

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Episode No. 389 is a holiday clips episode featuring a previously aired conversation with artist Rachel Whiteread.

After originating at the Tate Britain and traveling to the National Gallery of Art, the 30-year-retrospective "Rachel Whiteread" is at its final stop, the Saint Louis Art Museum. Curated by Molly Donovan and Ann Gallagher, it is on view through June 9. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by the Tate, which originated the exhibition. Amazon offers it starting at $34.

Whiteread’s work has long explored domestic spaces and objects through casting and the presentation of negative space. Her sculptures have given us new ways to look at familiar places and spaces, and nudge us toward new understandings of the familiar.

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Episode No. 388 features artists Sonya Clark and Analia Saban.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia is exhibiting "Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know" through August 4. The exhibition considers a common dishcloth that was used as the flag of surrender by General Robert E. Lee's Army of the Potomac at Appomattox. Sonya Clark's address of the surrender flag asks why we know the infamous Confederate battle flag instead of the South's most prominent surrender flag? The exhibition includes five installations on two of FWM's floors. Clark's work is informed by the original surrender flag, now in the collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Clark teaches at Amherst College. She is the recipient of a United States Artist fellowship and many other major grants, including a Pollock Krasner Award, the Anonymous was a Woman Award and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.  She was a guest on Episode No. 150.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's latest "Focus" exhibition features Analia Saban. It includes new work, both tapestry and painting-referencing objects, that address abstraction and the grid via circuit boards and computer chips. As is typical in her work, Saban addresses her subjects through the playful subversion of her materials, in this case copper wire and acrylic paint woven into place. The exhibition is on view through May 12.

Saban has exhibited in group exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, LACMA, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and more.

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Episode No. 387 features curator Melissa Ho.

Ho is the curator of "Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-75" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition examines how artists responded to the war, and reveals the impact the war had on pushing artists into greater engagement with their world. "Artists Respond" is on view through August 18. The exceptional exhibition catalogue was published by Princeton University Press. Amazon offers it for $45.

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