Rank #1: Joan Miró, Pop América
Episode No. 384 features curators Anne Umland and Esther Gabara.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York is presenting "Joan Miró: Birth of the World." While most of the exhibition comes from MoMA's excellent Miró collection, it is augmented by several key loans, including the early The Table (Still Life with Rabbit) (1920-21). Umland curated the presentation with assistance from Laura Braverman. It is on view through June 15.
On the second segment, Duke University professor Esther Gabara discusses her exhibition "Pop América, 1965-75," which is on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University through July 21. The exhibition examines how Latin American and Latinx artists engaged with pop art alongside their American and European peers. The exhibition is accompanied by a terrific catalogue published by the Nasher and distributed by Duke University Press. Amazon offers it for $29.
Mar 14 2019
Rank #2: Julie Mehretu, Gold Rush Daguerreotypes
Episode No. 417 features artist Julie Mehretu and curator Jane Aspinwall.
This weekend, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens "Julie Mehretu," a mid-career survey of Mehretu's work. The exhibition will include approximately 40 paintings and 40 works on paper from the first 25 years of Mehretu's career. After closing at LACMA on March 22, 2020, "Mehretu" will travel to the Whitney Museum of American Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center. The exhibition was curated by LACMA's Christine Y. Kim and the Whitney's Rujeko Hockley.
On the second segment, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art curator Jane L. Aspinwall discusses her new exhibition "Golden Prospects: California Gold Rush Daguerreotypes." The show argues that the Gold Rush was the first "broadly significant event in American history" to be broadly documented in substantial depth by photography. It includes rich images of San Francisco and of the Sierra foothills transformed by miners in pursuit of gold. It's on view in Kansas City through January 26, 2020, and will travel to the Yale University Art Gallery.
Oct 31 2019
Rank #3: Sheila Hicks
Episode No. 396 features artist Sheila Hicks.
The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas is presenting "Sheila Hicks: Seize, Weave Space," an exhibition that presents often site-engaged work both inside the Nasher and in its garden. The exhibition, which was curated by Leigh Arnold, is on view through August 18.
The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Fla. is concurrently presenting "Sheila Hicks: Campo Abierto (Open Field)." It was curated by Frederic Bonnet and is on view through September 29.
Hicks, who has made fiber the foundation of her practice for 60 years, is one of the world's most celebrated artists. Last year in Paris, where Hicks lives, the Centre Pompidou, presented a retrospective of Hicks's career. Her last American retrospective was in 2010, an exhibition that originated at the Addison Gallery of American Art before traveling to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and the Mint Museum in Charlotte. (The catalogue for the Pompidou show is excellent; Amazon offers it for $31.)
The program was taped before a live audience at the Nasher.
Jun 06 2019
Rank #4: Early Rubens, Alicia McCarthy
Episode No. 395 features curator Kirk Nickel and artist Alicia McCarthy.
The Legion of Honor in San Francisco is presenting "Early Rubens," an examination of the first phase of Rubens's career. 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 this week's guest, Kirk Nickel of the Legion of Honor. The exhibition is on view in San Francisco through September 8, when it will travel to the Art Gallery of Ontario (where Suda was previously the curator of European art). The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by Delmonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for just $31.
On the second segment, Alicia McCarthy discusses "Alicia McCarthy: No Straight Lines," a major commissioned mural at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. The exhibition was curated by Lucy I. Zimmerman and will be on view through August 1. The Oakland-based McCarthy was the winner of the 2017 SFMOMA SECA Award. Her recent projects have included a 2018 show at the Berkeley Art Museum with Ruby Neri and a building-side mural in downtown San Francisco.
May 30 2019
Rank #5: Pattern & Decoration, Robert Zakanitch
Episode No. 423 features curator Anna Katz and artist Robert Zakanitch.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is presenting "With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985." The exhibition is the first broad scholarly survey of one of the most important art movements to emerge out out of American feminism. The exhibition features about fifty artists whose work addressed and embraced material typically coded as feminine and thus inferior, including the decorative, domestic, and ornamental. Katz curated the show, which will remain on view in Los Angeles through May 11 before traveling to the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College. The terrific exhibition catalogue was published by MOCA in association with Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $54.
Robert Zakanitch was one of the founders of P&D art. Starting in the early 1970s, his work turned away from minimalism and color-field painting to embrace motifs most often wielded as decoration. His work is in the collection of museums such as the Tate, MoMA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His most recent museum exhibition was at the Hudson River Museum.
Dec 12 2019
Rank #6: Allen Ruppersberg, Hans Hofmann
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.
Feb 28 2019
Rank #7: Harmony Hammond, Anicka Yi
Episode No. 398 features artists Harmony Hammond and Anicka Yi.
Hammond is featured in three important exhibitions around the United States. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn. is showing "Harmony Hammond: Material Witness, Five Decades of Art," a survey of Hammond's career. The exhibition, which was curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, will be on view through September 5. The excellent catalogue, the first hardcover monograph on Hammond's career, was published by the Aldrich and Gregory R. Miller. Amazon offers it for $45.
Hammond is also included in two major summer historical surveys. "Art after Stonewall, 1969-89" is at the Grey Art Gallery at New York University and at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. It closes at the Grey on July 20; at the Leslie-Lohman on July 21. "Art after Stonewall" surveys the impact the LGBTQ movement had on visual art and culture in the two decades after the Stonewall Rebellion. It was curated curated by Jonathan Weinberg, Tyler Cann and Drew Sawyer for the Columbus Museum of Art, which organized the exhibition. It next travels to the Frost Art Museum in Miami before arriving in Columbus. "Queer Abstraction" is on view at the Des Moines Art Center through September 8. The exhibition, which was curated by Jared Ledesma, examines how LGBTQ artists have used abstraction to address sexuality and gender. It will travel to the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kan. An exhibition catalogue is forthcoming.
On the second segment, Anicka Yi, whose Le Pain Sympathetique (2014) is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in "The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA's Collection." Organized by Bennett Simpson and Rebecca Lowery, the exhibition is at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary building through January 27. Yi talked with host Tyler Green in 2017 on the occasion of "Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon" at the New Museum in New York.
Jun 20 2019
Rank #8: Summer clips: Late Monet
Episode No. 399 is a summer clips episode that features curator George Shackelford.
Shackelford is the curator of "Monet: The Late Years", which has just opened at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. The exhibition includes canvases Monet made at the end of the nineteenth century and in the mid-1900s, but primarily considers the paintings Monet made between 1913 and his death in 1926. The show debuted this past spring at San Francisco's de Young Museum. "Monet" is at the Kimbell through September 15.
Jun 27 2019
Rank #9: "Art & Empire," William Forsythe
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.
Aug 01 2019
Rank #10: Barry Schwabsky, Shara Hughes
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.
Apr 25 2019
Rank #11: Lari Pittman
Episode No. 415 features artist Lari Pittman.
The Hammer Museum recently debuted "Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence," a retrospective of Pittman's nearly forty-year career. The exhibition reveals Pittman's engagements with America's history and with issues and subjects that have been core to our history and identity, including landscape, violence, citizenship, belonging and more. The exhibition was curated by Hammer chief curator Connie Butler. It is on view through January 5, 2020. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $51.
Oct 17 2019
Rank #12: Nayland Blake, Ann Hamilton
Episode No. 419 features artists Nayland Blake and Ann Hamilton.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is exhibiting "No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake." Curated by Jamillah James, the exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of Nayland Blake's art. The exhibition spotlight's Blake's interest on feminism and queer liberation and their investigation of subcultures ranging from punk to the BDSM and leather communities. The exhibition, which is on view through January 26, 2020, will be accompanied by a forthcoming catalogue.
On the second segment, Ann Hamilton talks about her recent work. She's included in "Here: Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin" at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus. The exhibition presents work by three Ohio-born artists whose careers have overlapped with the Wexner's own thirty-year history. Elements of the exhibition extend beyond the Wexner and across The Ohio State University campus and Columbus. It was curaetd by Michael Goodson with Lucy I. Zimmerman and Kristin Helmick-Brunet, and remains on view through December 29.
Hamilton also discusses this recent installation at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute.
Nov 07 2019
Rank #13: Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Chiura Obata
Episode No. 426 features artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya and art historian/curator ShiPu Wang.
The Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston is presenting the survey exhibition "Paul Mpagi Sepuya." The exhibition originated at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and was curated by Wassan Al-Khudhairi with Misa Jeffereis. The Houston presentation was coordinated by Tyler Blackwell. It's on view at the Blaffer through March 14.
Sepuya's photographs of himself, his friends and his colleagues advance portraiture through layering, fragmentation, confusion and a certain kind of trompe l'oeil. They make us question what we see, how it's constructed, and encourage us to contemplate the relationship between reality and artifice. His work is in the collection of museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York (which included his work in "Being: New Photography 2018"), MOCA (where his work may be seen in "The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA's Collection" through January 20), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.
On the second segment, art historian and curator ShiPu Wang discusses "Chiura Obata: An American Modern," a retrospective of Obata's career. Obata, who was born in Okayama, Japan, melded modernism and American landscapes with Japanese traditions to make a body of work that both engaged the United States and critiqued its racism. "Obata" debuted at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum through May 25. The exhibition catalogue was published by University of California Press.
Jan 02 2020
Rank #14: Verrocchio, Stephanie Syjuco
Episode No. 409 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Andrew Butterfield and artist Stephanie Syjuco.
Butterfield is the curator of "Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence," the first monographic exhibition in the United States to examine Verrocchio, one of the most influential teachers and artists of the early Renaissance. The exhibition opens at the National Gallery of Art on September 15 and continues through January 12, 2020. It includes roughly 50 works by Verrocchio and his students and collaborators, including Leonardo da Vinci, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Pietro Perugino. The fantastic exhibition catalogue was published by the NGA and Princeton University Press. Amazon offers it for $60.
On the second segment, Stephanie Syjuco discusses her work on the occasion of "Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States," which opens at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis on September 6. The exhibition, which is on view through December 29, was curated by Wassan Al-Khudhairi with Misa Jeffereis. Syjuco is also included in "Less is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design" at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston through September 22. It was curated by Jenelle Porter with Jeffrey De Blois.
Sep 05 2019
Rank #15: Cole's Catskill Creek, Book of Beasts
Episode No. 402 features curator and art historian H. Daniel Peck and curator Elizabeth Morrison.
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York is presenting "Thomas Cole's Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek." For the first time, the exhibition considers Cole's paintings of Catskill Creek, a 46-mile long river that drains part of the Catskill Mountains and enters the Hudson just below the town of Catskill, as a series. It includes 12 Coles and paintings of Catskill Creek by artists who followed Cole, including Asher B. Durand and Frederic Edwin Church. "Thomas Cole's Refrain" was curated by H. Daniel Peck, a professor emeritus at Vassar College and is on view through November 3 before traveling to the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY. Peck is also the author of an excellent accompanying book also titled "Thomas Cole's Refrain." It was published by Cornell University Press's Three Hills imprint. Amazon offers it for $32.
On the second segment, the J. Paul Getty Museum's Elizabeth Morrison discusses "Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World," which she curated with assistance from with Larisa Grollemond. The bestiary is the tradition that brought animals -- both real and imagined -- to the pages of manuscripts, tapestries and to all manner of objects during the Middle Ages. The Getty exhibition includes not just manuscripts and tapestries, but also paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and contemporary works that demonstrate the influence of the 1,500-year-old bestiary tradition. It's on view at the Getty Center through August 18. The terrific exhibition catalogue was published by the Getty. Amazon offers its for $60.
Jul 18 2019
Rank #16: Shirin Neshat, James Tissot
Episode No. 419 features artist Shirin Neshat and curator Melissa E. Buron.
The Broad is exhibiting "Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again," a career-spanning survey that places special emphasis on Neshat's address of her home country of Iran and her 2010s turn toward addressing the United States and the ways in which the United States has come to resemble Neshat's theocratic homeland. The exhibition was curated by Ed Schad and will remain on view through February 16, 2020. The excellent catalogue was published by The Broad and DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $45.
On the second segment, Melissa E. Buron discusses her exhibition "James Tissot: Fashion & Faith," which is on view at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. The exhibition examines Tissot's career, his engagement with and distance from impressionism, his multi-national career, and his late-in-life turn toward Biblical subjects (in part to attract American patronage). The exhibition is on view through February 9, 2020. The beautifully designed, smart exhibition catalogue was published by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and DelMonico Prestel.
Nov 14 2019
Rank #17: Tintoretto
Episode No. 385 features curators Frederick Ilchman and John Marciari.
Along with Robert Echols, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston curator Frederick Ilchman has organized "Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice" at the National Gallery of Art. The exhibition, the first Tintoretto retrospective in the United States, opens on Sunday and will remain on view through July 7. It includes nearly 50 paintings and over a dozen works on paper. The outstanding exhibition catalogue was published by the NGA and Yale University Press.
On the second segment, Morgan Library curator John Marciari discusses "Drawing in Tintoretto's Venice," a survey of roughly 80 drawings by Tintoretto and his Venetian cohorts. It also opens on Sunday and will remain on view at the NGA through June 9. Its excellent catalogue was published by Paul Holberton Publishing.
Mar 21 2019
Rank #18: Holiday clips: Rachel Whiteread
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.
Apr 18 2019
Rank #19: Sanford Biggers, Michelle Angela Ortiz
Episode No. 427 features artists Sanford Biggers and Michelle Angela Ortiz.
Sanford Biggers's work is on view in "Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations," at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The exhibition, substantially but not entirely from the Nasher's collection, considers artworks that engage visual and musical rhythm. It was curated by the Nasher's Trevor Schoonmaker and will be on view through March 1.
On April 8, the Bronx Museum of Art will originate a major survey of Biggers's quilts titled "Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch." Curated by Antonio Sergio Bessa and Andrea Andersson, the exhibition will feature around 80 of the quilt-based works Biggers has made between 2009 and 2019. From the Bronx it will travel to New Orleans and Los Angeles.
On the second segment, Michelle Angela Ortiz discusses her work on the occasion of "When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art" at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. The exhibition was curated by Ruth Erickson and Eva Respini and will be on view through January 26, when it will travel to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.
Ortiz is a Philadelphia-based artist whose artworks, often made in and for public sites, activate, embolden and advocate for the under-represented. In 2018 she was a fellow at the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and was a Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist fellow.
Jan 09 2020
Rank #20: David Park, Nature's Nation
Episode No. 397 features curators Janet Bishop and Karl Kusserow.
Bishop is the curator of "David Park: A Retrospective," which is on view at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through September 22. Park was the originator of what has become known as the Bay Area Figurative School, a key response to abstract expressionism that helped make San Francisco one of America's post-war art-making capitals.
On the second segment, Princeton University Art Museum curator Karl Kusserow discusses "Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment," an exhibition he co-curated with Alan C. Braddock. The exhibition offers an ecocritical take on the American landscape tradition through works by nineteenth-century painters, Native American basket-makers, photographers and more. It is on view at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. through September 9. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Princeton University Art Museum and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon lists it at $50.
Jun 13 2019