Today the New York Times published three letters from prominent gay thinkers on topical issues. On a recent Modern Art Notes Podcast, Lari Pittman talked extensively about being a gay man who channels his thoughts and experiences onto canvas. I think it’s one of our best shows, so don’t miss it below!
This is the last weekend in Chicago for the exhibition “This Will Have Been,” an show that looks at how artists responded to the crises of the 1980s. The exhibition, curated by Helen Molesworth, pays special attention to how feminism motivated American artists to make sociopolitically engaged work.
I haven’t seen the show, but I’ve read the outstanding catalogue. It seems to me that the key work in the show is Lari Pittman’s The Veneer of Order (1985, above, click to enlarge). Pittman and I discussed that painting and how his art is motivated by the politics of personhood on a really great show that first aired back in March. Don’t miss it — I think it’s one of the best MAN Podcast artist interviews!
“This Will Have Been” will travel next to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where it opens on June 30.
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