The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 408 is a summer clips episode featuring a previously aired conversation with Stanley Whitney.

The Saint Louis Art Museum will exhibit Whitney's work in "The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection," which opens next month. The show presents many of the 81 artworks by black abstractionists that Monique and Ronald Ollie recently gifted to the museum. Among the artists included in the exhibition are Frank Wimberley, Sam Gilliam, Chakaia Booker, Norman Lewis, Frank Bowling, Ed Clark, Jack Whitten and Whitney. "The Shape of Abstraction" will be on view from September 17 through March 8, 2020. It was curated  by Gretchen L. Wagner and Alexis Assam.

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Episode No. 406 features curator Mia Fineman and artist Barbara Bosworth.

Fineman is the curator of "Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition surveys how artists have looked at and considered the moon from the dawn of photography (and before!) to the present. It's on view through September 22. The marvelous exhibition catalogue was published by the Met and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $42.

The second segment features Barbara Bosworth, whose work is included in "Shooting the Moon: Photographs from the Museum's Collection 50 Years after Apollo 11," at  the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. It's on view through September 2. Bosworth's work examines the relationship between humans and the natural world. Her work has been surveyed by the Denver Art Museum, the Peabody Essex in Salem, Mass., and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Episode No. 405 features curators Anna O. Marley and Kirk Nickel.

Marley is the curator of "From the Schuykill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic" at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The exhibition wields PAFA's collection to consider Philadelphia as a significant, even primary locus of landscape painting in the early 19th-century, and that Philadelphia's interest in the genre preceded the better-known Hudson River region painters' interest. It's on view through December 29. The exhxibition catalogue was published by PAFA.

The second segment features Legion of Honor curator Kirk Nickel discussing three major paintings in "Early Rubens." With about 30 paintings and 20 drawings, the exhibition examines work Rubens made from 1609, when he was in his early 30s, until 1621. It was curated by National Gallery of Canada director Sasha Suda, and Nickel. This segment previously ran, in extended form, in May. For images, click here.

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Episode No. 404 features curator Michael A. Brown and choreographer William Forsythe.

Brown is the curator of "Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain," at the San Diego Museum of Art. It is just the second American exhibition to join the art and decorative art of Golden Age Spain with art from Spanish-controlled centers such as Antwerp and Naples and the Spanish imperial lands in the Americas and the Philippines. The exhibition features outstanding works by Diego Velázquez, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco de Zurbarán, Juan Sánchez Cotán and by New Spanish painters such as Miguel Cabrera. "Art and Empire" is on view through September 2. The outstanding exhibition catalogue was published by SDMA. Amazon offers it for $39.

Host Tyler Green mentions Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Ilona Katzew's 2018 appearance on the program. It's here.

On the second segment, Forsythe discusses "William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects," which is at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston through September 15. The exhibition presents a series of works that reveal the ways in which visitors consciously and unconsciously move, interact and respond to each other and their own bodies. William Forsythe is the former director of the Ballet Frankfurt and later for the Forsythe Company, which was based in Dresden and Frankfurt am Main. The exhibition was curated by Alison de Lima Greene.

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