This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Fred Wilson and was taped live at the Toledo Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of “Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012.” The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass movement and the TMA’s role in it. The show includes work by Wilson, Dan Flavin, Josiah McElheny and more. (Toledo has long been one of the world’s glass-manufacturing powerhouses.)
Among the pieces we discuss on this week’s show is Iago’s Mirror (2009, above, click to expand), which is in the collections of the Toledo Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It’s remarkable… and on this week’s MAN Podcast, Wilson tells the story of his interest in Shakespeare as well as how he conceived and created the piece.
Wilson is best known for his works made not out of glass, pigment-and-canvas or bronze, but with museum collections. His work with his materials raises questions about historical narratives we’ve been taught, narratives that are often re-inforced by collections and displays of cultural objects.
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