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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Teresita Fernández and Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Stephanie Barron. 

Fernández has created a major new series of installations for MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Titled "As Above So Below," the exhibition moves through the museum’s architecture to create enormous vistas and smaller, more intimate moments with sculpture. The show includes three large-scale installations that are informed by Fernández’s interest in landscape, art about landscape, and our perception of landscape, including Black Sun, Sfumato (Epic) and Lunar (Theatre). Curated by Denise Markonish, “As Above So Below” is on view through March, 2015. The exhibition is accompanied by a sleek, handsome 96-page book. 

In 2005 Fernández received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellowship, and she currently serves on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at MOCA North Miami, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Artpace, the ICA Philadelphia, Castello di Rivoli outside Turin, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and others. 

On the second segment, LACMA’s Stephanie Barron discusses "Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings, 1913-1915." The exhibition, which looks at the paintings Hartley made during a key early period in Berlin, is on view at LACMA through November 30. 

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 spotlights the work of Minor White.

On the first segment of the show, J, Paul Getty Museum curator Paul Martineau discusses "Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit," a retrospective on view through October 19. It’s the first White retrospective in 25 years, since a show that was organized by the Princeton University Art Museum and that debuted at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Getty itself published the catalogue for Martineau’s exhibition and it’s terrific. It’s a must-own not just for the many rarely published White photographs, but for Martineau’s unusually strong essay. Amazon offers it for under $30.

White was one of the most important and influential American photographers of the mid-20th-century. Not only was he a teacher and a founder and editor of Aperture magazine, but White’s brand of metaphorical modernism was perfect for an era in which much of what individuals thought or felt could not be said for fear of repercussions from the state.

This is a detail of White’s Point Lobos State Park, California (1950). 

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Very happy to see these pictures by Jarred Gastreich from Ferguson Police department in St Louis. It’s often (too often) so hard to believe in justice, and too often all the more so if you’re an African-American or a Native American. And yet justice is so profoundly necessary. In St Louis, and in so many other places in this country.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights the work of Minor White.

On the first segment of the show, J, Paul Getty Museum curator Paul Martineau discusses "Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit," a retrospective on view through October 19. It’s the first White retrospective in 25 years, since a show that was organized by the Princeton University Art Museum and that debuted at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Getty itself published the catalogue for Martineau’s exhibition and it’s terrific. It’s a must-own not just for the many rarely published White photographs, but for Martineau’s unusually strong essay. Amazon offers it for under $30.

White was one of the most important and influential American photographers of the mid-20th-century. Not only was he a teacher and a founder and editor of Aperture magazine, but White’s brand of metaphorical modernism was perfect for an era in which much of what individuals thought or felt could not be said for fear of repercussions from the state.

This is a detail of White’s Vicinity of Dansville, New York (1955). 

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast considers two artists who are certainly important within the context of art history, but who are particularly important for what their work tells us about the America of their times. 

First, J, Paul Getty Museum curator Paul Martineau discusses "Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit," a retrospective on view through October 19. It’s the first White retrospective in 25 years, since a show that was organized by the Princeton University Art Museum and that debuted at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Getty itself published the catalogue for Martineau’s exhibition and it’s terrific. It’s a must-own not just for the many rarely published White photographs, but for Martineau’s unusually strong essay. Amazon offers it for under $30.

White was one of the most important and influential American photographers of the mid-20th-century. Not only was he a teacher and a founder and editor of Aperture magazine, but White’s brand of metaphorical modernism was perfect for an era in which much of what individuals thought or felt could not be said for fear of repercussions from the state.

This is White’s Haags Alley, Rochester (1960) from “Sequence 16: Steely the Barb of Infinity.”

On the second segment, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art curator Jane Aspinwall tells us about two little-known bodies of work by one of America’s most famous photographers, Alexander Gardner. While Gardner is best known for the pictures he took during and immediately after the Civil War, Aspinwall’s "Across the Indian Country: Photographs by Alexander Gardner, 1867-68" provides an opportunity to consider Gardner’s photographs of and related to the Kansas Pacific railroad and his subsequent pictures of native Americans. Her exhibition is up through January 11, 2015. The catalogue of the exhibition will be available from Yale University Press next month.

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 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 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 of Bullock’s Photogram (1970).

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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 Bullock’s Mendocino Coast (1968). On this week’s program, Abbott and host Tyler Green discuss Bullock’s work in Mendocino, and how it followed many other Western photographers who went to Mendocino.

The first artist to go to there was the great Carleton Watkins, who went to Mendocino just after his pictures of Yosemite created a sensation on the East Coast. His A Coast View, Rocks (No. 1), Mendocino County (1863) is above. (This version is in the collection of the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, but better prints exist in other institutions.) Note how Bullock was sure to take a different view and with the sea at a different tide level.

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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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