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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast examines the work of three American photographers: Wynn Bullock, Bruce Davidson and Paul Caponigro.

A major retrospective of Bullock’s work is on view at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Curated by Brett Abbott, this week’s first guest, "Wynn Bullock: Revelations" is on view through January 18, 2015. The show — and its excellent catalogue — reveal an artist addressing and creating photographic traditions while innovating in ways that suggest Bullock is an under-recognized pioneer of the use of color in photography. 

Pictured above is a detail from Bullock’s Let There Be Light (1954).

The second segment features Huntington Library curator Jenny Watts. Along with Scott Wilcox, Watts has organized "Bruce Davidson, Paul Caponigro: Two American Photographers in Britain and Ireland." The exhibition examines how trips to the U.K. were important to the careers of two of the most important American photographers of the post-war era. The show is at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut through September 14. The catalogue was published by Yale University Press.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license. 

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

The artwork at the top of this post is the most important painting of the 20th century: Henri Matisse’s Blue Nude, Memory of Biskra (1907). It isn’t in Benson’s show, but it’s influence is evident and often overt. Included here are some of the many ways artists engaged with Blue Nude. All are in “Expressionism in Germany in France.” From top-to-bottom:

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Dodo Playing with Her Fingers (1909). Collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum;

Erich Heckel, Scene in the Woods (1910), Plate 2 of the portfolio “Die Brucke VI (1911), Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art;

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Reclining Nude in Front of Mirror (1909-10). Collection of Brucke Museum; and

Max Pechstein, Dancers and Bathers at a Forest Pond, 1912. Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

This is a detail of German painter Karl Schmidt-Rottluff’s Reflective Woman (1912). The painting suggests how Schmidt-Rottluff learned from French artists and art movements, including from Cezanne’s brushwork and the Fauves’ use of bright, flat colors. 

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Timothy O. Benson.

Benson is the curator of "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The show reveals how expressionism, typically considered a German movement, had its roots in late 19th-century French art and then presents how central European artists discovered, learned from and expanded upon developments in France. 

It’s on view through September 14. The exhibition’s catalogue, published by Prestel, is terrific. Amazon offers it for $50.

Among the topics that Benson and host Tyler Green discuss on this week’s show is Benson’s use of works on paper to demonstrate how central European artists translated French ideas into what has come to be known as ‘German Expressionism.’ This is a detail of Gabriele Münter’s woodcut Aurelie (1906). Münter, who was German, dated Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky and studied at the Paris academy run by Henri Matisse. 

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Judy Fiskin and curator Michael Duncan. 

Fiskin’s newest work, I’ll Remember Mama (2013) is featured in "Made in L.A. 2014," the Hammer Museum’s biennial of art from Los Angeles. The exhibition, curated by Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte, is on view through September 7.

I’ll Remember Mama cleverly jumps off from George Stevens’ 1948 film "I Remember Mama," which was nominated for five Academy Awards, to consider the ways in which Fiskin’s mother has aged, and how that’s reflected in their relationship. 

Fiskin came to prominence in the 1970s as a photographer who was part of the New Topographics movement. While she was not included in the famous all-male exhibition of that title, Fiskin’s examinations of vernacular architecture in southern California, New York, and beyond earned her significant acclaim. In 2011, J. Paul Getty Museum curator Virginia Heckert published "Some Aesthetic Decisions: The Photographs of Judy Fiskin" in conjunction with the exhibition “In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945-1980,” a Pacific Standard Time exhibition of the Getty’s holdings of Southern California photographs. The 360-page monograph includes a terrific interview Fiskin did with artist John Divola. 

Fiskin started working in video after experiencing health problems that made photography challenging. That went pretty well right from the start: Her first major video, 1997’s Diary of a Midlife Crisis, was screened at film festivals in the United States and Europe, and won the Silver Spire award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.  

On the second segment, Michael Duncan discusses “An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle,” an exhibition he co-curated with Christopher Wagstaff. The show debuted at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, traveled to the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, and is on view through August 17 at the American University Museum in Washington, DC. It will conclude its tour this fall at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Siglio Press recently published Duncan’s marvelous "O! Tricky Cad and Other Jessoterica," a visual wander through Jess’s exquisitely composed collages.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license. Special thanks to Jennifer Gould and Miranda Sklaroff for their help this week.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features A. L. Steiner, whose newest piece is included in "Made in L. A. 2014," the Hammer Museum’s biennial of Los Angeles-based artists.

Steiner’s photo-installation Accidenthell (detail above) considers, among other things, elements of the America’s corporate underbelly, from energy extraction to the private prison industry. The exhibition, which was curated by Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte, is on view through September 7. 

Steiner is a member of several artist collectives and artist-groups and regularly collaborates with other artists. The film “Community Action Center,” which Steiner made with A.K. Burns has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Steiner was included in the most recent Whitney Biennial. 

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features A. L. Steiner, whose newest piece is included in "Made in L. A. 2014," the Hammer Museum’s biennial of Los Angeles-based artists.

Steiner’s photo-installation Accidenthell considers, among other things, elements of the America’s corporate underbelly, from energy extraction to the private prison industry. The exhibition, which was curated by Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte, is on view through September 7. 

Steiner is a member of several artist collectives and artist-groups and regularly collaborates with other artists. The film “Community Action Center,” which Steiner made with A.K. Burns has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Steiner was included in the most recent Whitney Biennial. 

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license. Special thanks to Claudia Bestor, Jennifer Gould and Darin Klein for their help this week.

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The second half of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features J. Paul Getty Museum curator Scott Allan.  Allan curated "The Scandalous Art of James Ensor," which is on view through September 7.

The show focuses on Ensor’s wild, groundbreaking work of the 1880s and 1890s, and places the artist’s two greatest works in the context of Ensor’s larger project. The Getty’s own Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889 is famous and well-known, but the exhibition also includes Ensor’s 1887 The Temptation of St. Anthony, a mammoth drawing never before exhibited in the United States. It’s in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, to which this exhibition will travel after it’s in LA. 

The image here is Ensor’s The Man of Sorrows (1891).

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast leads off with artist Deborah Grant.  

Grant makes paintings deeply rooted in art history, but takes as a significant goal the adding of new names and bodies of work to the roster of artists we know. Her work mixes folk traditions, the work of famous artists and our cultural history to build narratives that use our past to address our present. Her work is included in "When the Stars Begin to Fall; Imagination and the American South," a group show at the Studio Museum in Harlem that was curated by Thomas J. Lax. The show closed Sunday, but travels to the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale in August.

Earlier this year The Drawing Center exhibited "Deborah Grant: Christ You Know it Ain’t Easy!!", which was curated by Claire Gilman. The image above is a detail from Grant’s Crowning the Lion and the Lamb (2013), which was in that show.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features art historian Jonathan Brown.

Widely considered the top Hispanist in the world, Brown has written a new memoir titled “In the Shadow of Velazquez: A Life in Art History.” In the book Brown starts at the beginning of his life, as the child of contemporary art collectors in Springfield, Mass., continues through his discovery of Spain, Spanish art, and artists such as Ribera, El Greco and, of course, Diego Velazquez. It’s a lively story of discovery and engagement that might alternatively titled ‘Letters to a Young Art Historian.’ Published by Yale University Press, the book will be available early next month. Amazon offers it now for $36.

Brown’s previous books include tomes on Velazquez, Goya, Murillo, the Spanish Habsburg Court, Zurbaran and the Yale University Press Pelican History of Art that covers Spanish art from 1500-1700. Later this year Yale will publish “Painting in Latin America, 1550-1820,” which Brown co-wrote with Luisa Elena Alcala.

This is a detail from Ribera’s The Holy Family with Saints Anne and Catherine of Alexandria (1648), in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Brown’s new memoir includes a chapter on Ribera, El Greco and their use of their workshop. Brown and MAN Podcast host Tyler Green discuss the subject on this week’s program.

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On the second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, Museum of Fine Arts Houston curator Mari Carmen Ramirez talks about Jesus Rafael Soto’s final work, The Houston Penetrable. The GIF above shows The Houston Penetrable. MANPodcast.com will have more GIFs of MFAH’s new Soto both today and tomorrow!
Commissioned from Soto a decade ago, The Houston Penetrable is on view for the first time. It will remain in MFAH’s Mies van der Rohe-designed Law Building through September 1. Ramirez is the MFAH’s curator of Latin American art and the director of the museum’s International Center for the Arts of the Americas. 
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On the second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, Museum of Fine Arts Houston curator Mari Carmen Ramirez talks about Jesus Rafael Soto’s final work, The Houston Penetrable. The GIF above shows The Houston Penetrable. MANPodcast.com will have more GIFs of MFAH’s new Soto both today and tomorrow!

Commissioned from Soto a decade ago, The Houston Penetrable is on view for the first time. It will remain in MFAH’s Mies van der Rohe-designed Law Building through September 1. Ramirez is the MFAH’s curator of Latin American art and the director of the museum’s International Center for the Arts of the Americas. 

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features art historian Jonathan Brown.

Widely considered the top Hispanist in the world, Brown has written a new memoir titled “In the Shadow of Velazquez: A Life in Art History.” In the book Brown starts at the beginning of his life, as the child of contemporary art collectors in Springfield, Mass., continues through his discovery of Spain, Spanish art, and artists such as Ribera, El Greco and, of course, Diego Velazquez. It’s a lively story of discovery and engagement that might alternatively titled ‘Letters to a Young Art Historian.’ Published by Yale University Press, the book will be available early next month. Amazon offers it now for $36.

Brown’s previous books include tomes on Velazquez, Goya, Murillo, the Spanish Habsburg Court, Zurbaran and the Yale University Press Pelican History of Art that covers Spanish art from 1500-1700. Later this year Yale will publish “Painting in Latin America, 1550-1820,” which Brown co-wrote with Luisa Elena Alcala.

This is a detail from El Greco’s The Penitent Magdalene at the Worcester (Mass.) Art Museum, which Brown visited often when he was growing up.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features art historian Jonathan Brown.

Widely considered the top Hispanist in the world, Brown has written a new memoir titled “In the Shadow of Velazquez: A Life in Art History.” In the book Brown starts at the beginning of his life, as the child of contemporary art collectors in Springfield, Mass., continues through his discovery of Spain, Spanish art, and artists such as Ribera, El Greco and, of course, Diego Velazquez. It’s a lively story of discovery and engagement that might alternatively titled ‘Letters to a Young Art Historian.’ Published by Yale University Press, the book will be available early next month. Amazon offers it now for $36.

Brown’s previous books include tomes on Velazquez, Goya, Murillo, the Spanish Habsburg Court, Zurbaran and the Yale University Press Pelican History of Art that covers Spanish art from 1500-1700. Later this year Yale will publish “Painting in Latin America, 1550-1820,” which Brown co-wrote with Luisa Elena Alcala.

On the second segment, Museum of Fine Arts Houston curator Mari Carmen Ramirez talks about Jesus Rafael Soto’s final work, The Houston Penetrable. Commissioned from Soto a decade ago, the work is now on view for the first time. It will remain in MFAH’s Mies van der Rohe-designed Law Building through September 1. Ramirez is the MFAH’s curator of Latin American art and the director of the museum’s International Center for the Arts of the Americas. 

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Jo Ann Callis.

If you know the work of Jeff Wall or Gregory Crewdson or Marilyn Minter, you should know Callis, whose work anticipated theirs. Starting in the early 1970s Callis has constructed both black-and-white and color photographs that consider, sex, sexuality, pleasure and more pleasure.

Aperture has just published “Other Rooms,” a new book of Callis’ investigations of the nude body and sexuality, mostly from the mid-1970s. Amazon offers it for $54. 

Callis is one of the most important photographers of her generation. In two thousand nine the J. Paul Getty Museum presented a retrospective of her work titled "Woman Twirling." Callises are in the permanent collection of museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

In 1974, Robert Heinecken, Callis’ teacher at UCLA, organized a workshop in Yosemite. Several famous pictures came out of that trip, including works by Callis, Heinecken and Judy Dater. Several of them, all discussed by Callis and host Tyler Green on this week’s MAN Podcast, are shown here. From top-to-bottom: Two untitled 1974 Callises; Dater, Imogen and Twinka at Yosemite (1975) from the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Heinecken, Space/Time Metamorphosis No.1 (1975) from the collection of the MFA Houston. Green wrote about the Heinecken and the Dater on our sister site Modern Art Notes. 

Thanks to ROSEGALLERY for its assistance with the Callises!

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Jo Ann Callis.

If you know the work of Jeff Wall or Gregory Crewdson or Marilyn Minter, you should know Callis, whose work anticipated theirs. Starting in the early 1970s Callis has constructed both black-and-white and color photographs that consider, sex, sexuality, pleasure and more pleasure.

Aperture has just published “Other Rooms,” a new book of Callis’ investigations of the nude body and sexuality, mostly from the mid-1970s. Amazon offers it for $54. And on Tuesday, June 17th, Callis and Lesley A. Martin will discuss the project at Aperture on West 27th Street in New York. Their conversation starts at 6:30.

Callis is one of the most important photographers of her generation. In two thousand nine the J. Paul Getty Museum presented a retrospective of her work titled "Woman Twirling." Callises are in the permanent collection of museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

The image above is a detail of Callis’ Hands on Ankles (1976-77), which is included in “Other Rooms.” 

On the second segment Carol S. Eliel discusses her new retrospective of John Altoon, which opened at LACMA this week. Altoon was a member of the group of artists who came of age in post-war Los Angeles, where his paintings and drawings were informed by surrealism and biomorphism and exuded sex. The exhibition will be on view through September 14.

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