This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Paul Schimmel, the former chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the curator of the new MOCA exhibition “Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962.” The show is accompanied by a fascinating catalogue.
Schimmel’s exhibition examines the way artists responded to the unprecedented killing and destruction of World War II by (often) literally attacking the picture plane. The show, which features 26 artists (but only three Americans) charts the way artists used abstraction to respond to a post-atomic world, and in so doing offers an alternate history about post-abstract expressionism abstract art.
On the second segment, artist Gedi Sibony discusses his exciting installation for the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis. Titled “In the Still Epiphany,” Sibony’s intervention features artworks by artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso in dialogue with each other, as well as in dialogue with installations Sibony has made from multiple objects. As usual, the Pulitzer’s website is chock full of fantastic installation shots taken by Sam Fentress, pictures that reveal the show in a way most installation shots do not. They’re must-see stuff.
Image: Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1962. Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.