This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Kemper Art Museum curator and Washington University professor Karen Butler. Her exhibition "Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945" is at the Kemper through April 21. Phillips Collection curator Renée Maurer co-organized the show. Its handsome catalogue was published by Prestel.
The exhibition offers the first detailed look at Braque’s still-life painting in the years leading up to and through World War II, a period during which questions of painting and daily life were inextricably wrapped up in politics and resistance. Somehow the Kemper exhibition is the first Braque show of any kind in the United States in 16 years.
This is a detail from a 1936 Braque still-life in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art that’s in Butler’s exhibition. It’s a terrific example of Braque’s late style, in which Braque paints space in multiple depths and from multiple angles.