This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features two art historians: David Anfam on Clyfford Still and Mia Fineman on her new Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition "Faking It: Manipulating Photography Before Photoshop."
Anfam is one of the leading scholars of abstract expressionism and has compiled the catalogue raisonnes of Mark Rothko and Conrad Marca-Relli. He’s the adjunct curator at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, where he has worked with director Dean Sobel on the museum’s installations. The CSM is currently showing selections from its collection along side "Vincent/Clyfford," an installation that demonstrates how Still looked closely at van Gogh. The museum has also just published "Clyfford Still: The Artist’s Museum," which features a major essay by Anfam on Still’s life and work. (Amazon offers the book for $25 off.)
Fineman a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her new show, “Faking It, Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,” goes back to nearly the beginning of photography to reveal how artists have been manipulating their pictures since nearly the start of photography. (You can see a JPEG of just about every picture in the exhibition here.) The exhibition is accompanied by a terrific book, one of the best art history books of the season. It’s published by the Met and is distributed by the Yale University Press. It’s also almost $25 off via Amazon.
Image: Unknown American, Man on Rooftop with Eleven Men in Formation on His Shoulders (detail), ca. 1930. Collection of the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, New York.