The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a weekly, hour-long interview program featuring artists, historians, authors, curators and conservators. Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee called The MAN Podcast “one of the great archives of the art of our time.” When the US chapter of the International Association of Art Critics gave host Tyler Green one of its inaugural awards for criticism in 2014, it included a special citation for The MAN Podcast.
Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Jonathan Brown
Episode No. 533 features curator Anne Umland and art historian Jonathan Brown.
Along with Walburga Krupp, Eva Reifert and Natalia Sidlina, Umland is a co-curator of "Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Living Abstraction" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition surveys Taeuber-Arp's pioneering interests in Dada and abstraction across over 300 works, including textiles, beadwork, polychrome marionettes, architectural and interior designs, stained glass windows, works on paper, paintings, and relief sculptures. The exhibition is on view through March 12. The outstanding exhibition catalogue was published by MoMA and the Kunstmuseum Basel. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $57-75.
Brown was one of the world's leading scholars of art of Spain and the Spanish colonial world. He died on January 17 at 82. In addition to teaching at New York University, Brown was the editor, author or co-author of about 20 books on Spanish and Latin American art. He also curated exhibitions that explored the works of Murillo, Goya, Velazquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Ribera, and more.
This clip was taken from Episode No. 137.
Sandy Rodriguez, In American Waters
Episode No. 532 features artist Sandy Rodriguez and curator Austen Barron Bailly.
Sandy Rodriguez's history-and-the-present addressing work is featured in four ongoing museum presentations, including:
"Mixpantli: Contemporary Echoes" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through June 12;
"Borderlands" at the Huntington Library until fall;
"Re:Visión Art in the Americas" at the Denver Art Museum through July 17; and
"Sandy Rodriguez: In Isolation," a solo exhibition of 30 new works on paper that join addresses of American history to present events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and mass responses to police violence. It's on view through April 17.
In addition, Rodriguez is included in the Denver Art Museum exhibition "Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The Legacy of La Malinche," which will open February 6 before traveling to the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Rodriguez's work explores the methods and materials of painting in works that address Native and colonial histories, memory and contemporary events. Among her exhibition credits are the recent triennial at El Museo del Barrio, the Riverside Art Museum, Art + Practice, Los Angeles, and more.
On the second segment, Austen Barron Bailly discusses "In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting." The exhibition, which is at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art through January 31, features assorted pictures of marine art from across 250 years of US history. Bailly co-curated the show with Daniel Finamore.
Beverly Semmes, Rubens & Antiquity
Episode No. 531 features artist Beverly Semmes and curator Jeffrey Spier.
Beverly Semmes is included in "Witch Hunt," an exhibition that presents how 16 women artists have used feminist, queer, and decolonial strategies to explore gender, power, and the global impacts of patriarchy. It is on view across two venues, the Hammer Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles through January 9.
On January 9, the JOAN exhibition space in downtown Los Angeles was scheduled to host "Pool," a performance and installation developed as a collaboration between Jennifer Minniti and Semmes' CarWash Collective and Emily Mast. It has been postponed due to the pandemic. The performance will feature a new collection of CarWash garments based on Semmes' Feminist Responsibility Project. In New York, Susan Inglett Gallery will show new work from Semmes beginning February 3.
Semmes's multi-disciplinary work explores the body and its representation. Her work has been the subject of solo shows at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, and more.
On the second segment, Spier discusses "Rubens: Picturing Antiquity," a Getty Villa exhibition that looks at how Rubens's work was informed by classical antiquity. It was curated by Anne T. Woollett, Davide Gasparotto, and Spier. It is on view through January 24. The excellent catalogue for the exhibition was published by the Getty. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for $40.
Instagram: Beverly Semmes, Tyler Green.
Holiday clips: Wayne Thiebaud
Episode No. 530 is a holiday clips episode featuring artist Wayne Thiebaud.
Thiebaud died on Christmas Day; he was 101. This episode was recorded in the final days of 2017, and aired in early 2018. For images see Episode No. 324.
Holiday clips: Arthur Dove
Episode No. 529 is a holiday clips episode with art historian Debra Bricker Balken.
Balken is the author of "Arthur Dove: A Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings and Things," a thorough presentation that includes Dove's assemblages. Jessie Sentivan contributed to the book. It contains 537 illustrations, almost all of them in color, of each work Balken was able to identify, find, photograph and document. "Dove" includes a an essay on Dove's work and its critical reception, as well as mini-essays on major works. Many of the materials and images in the book are published for the first time here. It lists for $125 via Indiebound or Amazon.
Dove is among the most prominent American modernists of the early twentieth century, a key link between the American nature tradition and abstraction.
Mitch Epstein, Milton Avery
Episode No. 528 features artist Mitch Epstein and curator Edith Devaney.
Steidl has just published Epstein's newest book "Property Rights." Featuring 197 pictures across 288 pages, "Property Rights" examines the relationship between the United States, land and the impact of the American nation on the people who live here. The book was edited by Susan Bell and includes texts by both Epstein and Bell. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $75.
Epstein has published 15 books including "In India," "American Power," and "Family Business."
Devaney discusses "Milton Avery," a survey of the artist's career at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The exhibition features about 70 paintings Avery made between the 1910s and the mid-1960s and emphasizes Avery's interest in color. It's on view at MAMFW through January 30. "Avery" was co-organized by the Royal Academy, London, the Wadsworth Atheneum and MAMFW. Its catalogue was published by the Royal Academy. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $45.