The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 577 is a holiday clips episode featuring author Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore.

Gilmore is the author of "Romare Bearden in the Homeland of His Imagination," which was just published by the University of North Carolina Press. The book examines how Bearden's address of his native South -- he was born and was initially raised in the Charlotte, NC area before his family was effectively forced to leave the South -- was informed by the vagaries of memory and even imagination. Gilmore is the Peter V. & C. Vann Woodward Professor Emerita of History at Yale University. Her previous books include "Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920," and "Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950." Indiebound and Amazon offer "Bearden" for $26-40.


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Audio from Session Six of The Darkwater Project's 2022 digital colloquium, "Historical American Art, Whiteness, and the Idea of the American Nation." 

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Episode No. 576 features photographer Anthony Barboza and curator Maika Pollack.

"Eye Dreaming," a monograph spanning Barboza's sixty-year career was just published by Getty Publications. The book comes out just as the two-year, four-venue exhibition "Working Together: Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop," an exhibition which presented Barboza as a major and instigating figure in Kamoinge, concluded. "Eye Dreaming" features Barboza's 1960s addresses of the condition of the United States, his portraits of major figures in the humanities, sport, and entertainment, his photographs of jazz musicians, street photography, fashion photography, examples of his editorial, album cover and advertising work, and more. The book features contributions from Aaron Bryant, Mazie M. Harris and Hilton Als. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $40.

Pollack discusses "Tadashi Sato: Atomic Abstraction in the Fiftieth State, 1954-63" at the John Young Museum of Art at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. The exhibition examines the first decade of Sato's car. Sato, melded New York-informed engagements with modernism with influences from nature to become one of the most significant Hawaiʻi-born painters of the twentieth century. This is the first major exhibition of Sato's work in over two decades. It also includes work by several of his Hawaiʻian colleagues and reveals how they helped create space for artists and public art in what was then the new state of Hawaiʻi. It is on view through December 11.

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Episode No. 575 features curators Vincenzo de Bellis and Leo Mazow.

de Bellis is the curator of the retrospective "Jannis Kounellis in Six Acts," which is at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis through February 26, 2023. Kounellis was a significant figure in the arte povera movement of the 1960s and 1970s whose work was on the vanguard of melding sculpture, installation and performance as is common in today's artistic practice. "Kounellis" will travel to Museo Jumex in Mexico City in April 2023. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by the Walker. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $55.

Mazow is the curator of "Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art" at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. It's on view through March 19, 2023. The exhibition follows artists' interest in the guitar as a visual subject, revealing its cultural significance as a tool that reveals class, gender, identity and that amplifies protest and progressive change. "Storied Strings" will travel to the Frist Art Museum in May 2023. The exhibition catalogue was published by VMFA. It is available from the museum for $40.

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Audio from Session Five of The Darkwater Project's 2022 digital colloquium, "Historical American Art, Whiteness, and the Idea of the American Nation." 

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Episode No. 574 features curator Emily Braun and artist Mark Steinmetz.

With Elizabeth Cowling, Braun is the co-curator of "Cubism and the Trompe L'Oeil Tradition" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition considers cubist works by Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Pablo Picasso in the context of the centuries-long trompe l'oeil painting tradition. In addition to dozens of major cubist works, the exhibition includes paintings by Samuel van Hoogstraten, William Harnett, and more. "Cubism" is on view through January 22, 2023. It is accompanied by an outstanding catalogue that was published by the museum. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $43-50.

Steinmetz is included in "Reckonings and Reconstructions: Southern Photography from the Do Good Fund" at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. The Do Good Fund is a Columbus, Ga.-based charity that collects and makes available to museums photography of the American South made from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition, which includes artists such as Jill Frank, Baldwin Lee, Deborah Luster, Gordon Parks, and RaMell Ross. It's at the GMOA through January 8, 2023.

Steinmetz also contributed a portfolio titled "Irina & Amelia" to the new, 70th anniversary issue of Aperture magazine. The issue also features work by John Edmonds, Hannah Whitaker, Dayanita Singh, and others, and is available from Aperture for $25.

Air date: November 3, 2022.

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