The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Episode No. 612 features curators Susan Davidson and Stephanie Schrader.

Davidson is the curator of "Robert Motherwell: Pure Painting," which is at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through September 3. The exhibition is the first Motherwell paintings retrospective in a quarter-century. Motherwell was a New York-based painter prominent in the development of abstract expressionism. The exhibition catalogue was published by Hatje Cantz Verlag. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $55. From Fort Worth, "Motherwell" will travel to the Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna.

Along with Freyda Spira and Thomas Lederballe, Schrader is a co-curator of "Beyond the Light: Identity and Place in 19th-Century Danish Art," which is at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, through August 20. The exception looks at the development of Danish art across both paintings and drawings, and shows how artists helped develop the nation's cultural identity. The excellent catalogue was published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which originated the show. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $45.

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Episode No. 611 features artist Wendy Red Star.

The Columbus Museum of Art is presenting the career-length survey "Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on the Earth." It's on view through September 3. The exhibition was curated by Tricia Laughlin Bloom and Nadiah Rivera Fellah, and is accompanied by a publication from the Newark Museum of Art, which originated the exhibition.

An enrolled member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Tribe, Red Star's work explores both Native American ideologies and colonialist structures in ways that point to both the past and the present. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Anderson Collection at Stanford University, the Joslyn Art Museum, MASS MoCA, the Missoula (Mont.) Art Museum, and more.

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Episode No. 610 features artist Dyani White Hawk and curator Kelly Montana.

White Hawk is included in "Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America" at the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibition presents new works that examine the question, "Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy?" The exhibition was organized by a six-person curatorial team and is on view through October 8.

White Hawk (Sičáŋǧu Lakota) makes works multiple media that often foreground Lakota art forms and cultural knowledge and blend both Native American and non-Native interests and art histories. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. She's also been in group shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Ark., and more.

Montana is the curator of "Si Lewen: The Parade" which is at the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston through September 3. The Parade is an epic narrative that unfolds across 63 drawings. Lewen, a Polish-born immigrant who lived and worked in New York and Pennsylvania, witnessed the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945 while serving in the United States Army. In the 1950s he published a graphic novel that responded to the horrors he encountered as part of his war-time experience. This exhibition is the first in the United States to bring together the complete set of works from The Parade.

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Episode No. 609 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a summer clips episode featuring artist Virginia Jaramillo.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City is presenting "Virginia Jaramillo: Principle of Equivalence," the first retrospective of Jaramillo's work. The exhibition includes 73 paintings and handmade paper works extending back over 70 years. The exhibition was curated by Erin Dziedzic and will be on view through August 26. A catalogue is forthcoming.

This episode was recorded on the occasion of  “Virginia Jaramillo: The Curvilinear Paintings, 1969-74” which was at the Menil Collection in 2020. The show was the first solo museum exhibition of Jaramillo’s career. Curated by Michelle White, it featured a series of paintings that Jaramillo made featuring the joining of line to color against mostly monochromatic backgrounds.

See Episode No. 469 for images.

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