This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast travels to Arcadia with Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Joseph Rishel and Kimbell Art Museum deputy director George Shackelford. Rishel is the curator of “Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia,” a major exhibition that opens June 20 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Shackelford, who was the head of European art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston before decamping for the Kimbell, contributed a catalogue essay on the MFAB’s great Gauguin, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (1897-98).
Rishel is the senior curator of European painting before 1900 at the PMA. His previous exhibitions include a major 1996 Cezanne retrospective and 2009’s “Cezanne and Beyond,” which surveyed Cezanne’s influence on generations of painters.
Shackelford is the second guest on the program. He and I talk about Gauguin — and a particularly dramatic moment in Shackelford’s catalogue essay.
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Image: Cezanne, The Large Bathers, 1906. Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.