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Robert Heinecken

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights conceptual photographer Robert Heinecken with Museum of Modern Art curator Eva Respini.

Heinecken was a pioneer in using media to critique media, a practice that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have adapted for a television age. Heinecken rarely took his own photographs, instead using existing images and long-familiar photographic and printing techniques to create new semi-collages made up of multiple images. Heinecken’s work is the subject of "Robert Heinecken: Object Matter," a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition runs through September 7.

Early in his career Heinecken made a number of ‘photograph-sculptures’ in which he presented human forms on an armature that insisted upon viewer interaction. This is Figure in Six Selections (1965), which asks a viewer to arrange a woman’s body as a painter or photographer might ask a model to arrange herself. 

Eva Respini has organized exhibitions of Cindy Sherman and with Vik Muniz. Her many projects are chronicled at her website. She organized “Heinecken” with curatorial fellow Drew Sawyer.

On the second segment, Museum of Fine Arts Houston Anne Wilkes Tucker discusses Heinecken as a conceptualist. On the occasion of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s 1999 Heinecken retrospective, Tucker gave a lecture in which she posited that in the future the conceptual nature of Heinecken’s practice would be more valued and more useful to other artists than it was then. Did her prediction come true?

Tucker was most recently a guest on The MAN Podcast to discuss an MFAH exhibition she co-curated titled, “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath.”

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Would you believe that there has been just one career-length survey of Georges Braque’s work in the United States since 1950? On February 13 — a week from today — the Museum of Fine Arts Houston opens "Georges Braque: A Retrospective," which will feature 75 works from throughout Braque’s career. The exhibition debuted at the Grand Palais in Paris.
The exhibition will Braque’s first great fauve painting, Le Canal Saint-Martin (Saint-Martin Canal) (1906). On the second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, Alison de Lima Greene talks about the MFAH’s Braque presentation, and why Braque remained interested in the painter-and-model subject for so long.
de Lima Green is the MFAH’s curator of contemporary art and  special projects. Among the exhibitions she has organized are “Czech Modernism: 1900-1945,” “Twentieth-Century American Sculpture at the White House,” and “Kenneth Noland: The Nature of Color.”
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Would you believe that there has been just one career-length survey of Georges Braque’s work in the United States since 1950? On February 13 — a week from today — the Museum of Fine Arts Houston opens "Georges Braque: A Retrospective," which will feature 75 works from throughout Braque’s career. The exhibition debuted at the Grand Palais in Paris.

The exhibition will Braque’s first great fauve painting, Le Canal Saint-Martin (Saint-Martin Canal) (1906)On the second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, Alison de Lima Greene talks about the MFAH’s Braque presentation, and why Braque remained interested in the painter-and-model subject for so long.

de Lima Green is the MFAH’s curator of contemporary art and  special projects. Among the exhibitions she has organized are “Czech Modernism: 1900-1945,” “Twentieth-Century American Sculpture at the White House,” and “Kenneth Noland: The Nature of Color.”

Listen to or download this week’s MAN Podcast above, on SoundCloud, via direct-link mp3, or subscribe to The MAN Podcast (for free) at:

See more images of art discussed on this week’s program.


On the second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curator Emily Ballew Neff discusses "American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World." The exhibition explores how the American born painters Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley moved from the colonies to London, how they navigated the revolutionary period — and what happened when they became London painters. Neff curated the exhibition with MFAH’s Kaylin H. Weber. It opens today and will be on view through January 20, 2014. The MFAH-published, Yale University Press-distributed catalogue is one of the best art books I’ve read all year.

This is a detail of Benjamin West’s 1779 portrait of King George III, which is still in the British royal collection. On this week’s MAN Podcast, Neff discusses how West and Copley navigated the American Revolution, during which this portrait was painted.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Museum of Modern Art curator Anne Umland. Her new exhibition, "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938," is on view at MoMA through January 12, 2014. The exhibition catalogue, published by MoMA, is excellent.
Umland is one of the world’s top curators of modern art. Her exhibitions include 2011’s “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914,” 2008’s “Joan Miro: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-37,” and a 2001 retrospective of Alberto Giacometti.
On the second segment, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curator Emily Ballew Neff discusses "American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World." The exhibition explores how the American born painters Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley moved from the colonies to London, how they navigated the revolutionary period — and what happened when they became London painters. Neff curated the exhibition with MFAH’s Kaylin H. Weber. It opens Sunday and will be on view through January 20, 2014. The MFAH-published, Yale University Press-distributed catalogue is one of the best art books I’ve read all year.
This is Copley’s landmark painting Watson and the Shark (1778) at the National Gallery of Art. It’s one of the two paintings around which Neff and Weber’s show is built. On this week’s program, Neff explains how this painting was important to Copley’s career — and to British politics of the day.
How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or via RSS. Stream the program at MANPodcast.com.

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Museum of Modern Art curator Anne Umland. Her new exhibition, "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938," is on view at MoMA through January 12, 2014. The exhibition catalogue, published by MoMA, is excellent.

Umland is one of the world’s top curators of modern art. Her exhibitions include 2011’s “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914,” 2008’s “Joan Miro: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-37,” and a 2001 retrospective of Alberto Giacometti.

On the second segment, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curator Emily Ballew Neff discusses "American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World." The exhibition explores how the American born painters Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley moved from the colonies to London, how they navigated the revolutionary period — and what happened when they became London painters. Neff curated the exhibition with MFAH’s Kaylin H. Weber. It opens Sunday and will be on view through January 20, 2014. The MFAH-published, Yale University Press-distributed catalogue is one of the best art books I’ve read all year.

This is Copley’s landmark painting Watson and the Shark (1778) at the National Gallery of Art. It’s one of the two paintings around which Neff and Weber’s show is built. On this week’s program, Neff explains how this painting was important to Copley’s career — and to British politics of the day.

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or via RSS. Stream the program at MANPodcast.com.


This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Museum of Modern Art curator Anne Umland. Her new exhibition, "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938," is on view at MoMA through January 12, 2014. The exhibition catalogue, published by MoMA, is excellent.
Umland is one of the world’s top curators of modern art. Her exhibitions include 2011’s “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914,” 2008’s “Joan Miro: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-37,” and a 2001 retrospective of Alberto Giacometti.
On the second segment, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curator Emily Ballew Neff discusses "American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World." The exhibition explores how the American born painters Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley moved from the colonies to London, how they navigated the revolutionary period — and what happened when they became London painters. Neff curated the exhibition with MFAH’s Kaylin H. Weber. It opens Sunday and will be on view through January 20, 2014. The MFAH-published, Yale University Press-distributed catalogue is one of the best art books I’ve read all year.
This is West’s landmark painting The Death of General Wolfe (1770) at the National Gallery of Canada. It’s one of the two paintings around which Neff and Weber’s show is built.
How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or via RSS. Stream the program at MANPodcast.com.
The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license.

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Museum of Modern Art curator Anne Umland. Her new exhibition, "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938," is on view at MoMA through January 12, 2014. The exhibition catalogue, published by MoMA, is excellent.

Umland is one of the world’s top curators of modern art. Her exhibitions include 2011’s “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914,” 2008’s “Joan Miro: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-37,” and a 2001 retrospective of Alberto Giacometti.

On the second segment, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curator Emily Ballew Neff discusses "American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World." The exhibition explores how the American born painters Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley moved from the colonies to London, how they navigated the revolutionary period — and what happened when they became London painters. Neff curated the exhibition with MFAH’s Kaylin H. Weber. It opens Sunday and will be on view through January 20, 2014. The MFAH-published, Yale University Press-distributed catalogue is one of the best art books I’ve read all year.

This is West’s landmark painting The Death of General Wolfe (1770) at the National Gallery of Canada. It’s one of the two paintings around which Neff and Weber’s show is built.

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or via RSS. Stream the program at MANPodcast.com.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license.


Anne Umland on Magritte

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Museum of Modern Art curator Anne Umland. Her new exhibition, "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938," is on view at MoMA through January 12, 2014. The exhibition catalogue, published by MoMA, is excellent.

Umland is one of the world’s top curators of modern art. Her exhibitions include 2011’s “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914,” 2008’s “Joan Miro: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-37,” and a 2001 retrospective of Alberto Giacometti.

On the second segment, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curator Emily Ballew Neff discusses "American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World." The exhibition explores how the American born painters Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley moved from the colonies to London, how they navigated the revolutionary period — and what happened when they became London painters. Neff curated the exhibition with MFAH’s Kaylin H. Weber. It opens Sunday and will be on view through January 20, 2014. The MFAH-published, Yale University Press-distributed catalogue is one of the best art books I’ve read all year.

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or via RSS. Stream the program at MANPodcast.com.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license.

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The second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Kate Shepherd. Her work is included in the group show "The Artist’s Palette: The Primary Colors on Paper" at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. It’s on view through June 2. Many images of Shepherd’s work are available at her website.

This is a detail of Shepherd’s Wallpaper (2012). On this program, Shepherd and host Tyler Green talk about her interest in the primary colors.

Shepherd’s work has been the subject of exhibitions at the Chinati Foundation and at The Phillips Collection. Her work is in the collection of museums such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Seattle Art Museum. 

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast via iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or RSS. See more images of art discussed on the program.


The second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Kate Shepherd. Her work is included in the group show "The Artist’s Palette: The Primary Colors on Paper" at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. It’s on view through June 2. Many images of Shepherd’s work are available at her website.

This is a detail of Shepherd’s Blueprint (2008). On this program, Shepherd and host Tyler Green talk about her interest in the primary colors.

Shepherd’s work has been the subject of exhibitions at the Chinati Foundation and at The Phillips Collection. Her work is in the collection of museums such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Seattle Art Museum. 

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast via iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or RSS. See more images of art discussed on the program.


The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Eric Fischl

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Eric Fischl. His new memoir "Bad Boy," co-written with Michael Stone, has just been published by Crown. In the book, Fischl talks about growing up on Long Island, his mother’s alcoholism and suicide, his discovery of art, his meteoric rise in the New York art world during the cocaine-fueled 1980s, how he was motivated to become sober and how his travels and life experiences have fueled his work in the decades since.

It’s a strikingly good read. Art students and young artists, no matter whether they’re painters or ardent conceptualists, will find it particularly interesting: Fischl talks about the process of figuring out how to become — and remain — an artist with candor and insight.

Fischl was one of the most prominent American painters to emerge in New York in the 1980s. He was featured in a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1986, just four years after his first solo gallery show. Since then he’s been the subject of exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne, at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, the Museum Haus Esters in Krefeld and more.

On the second segment, Kate Shepherd talks about her work, particularly her interest in the primary colors. Her work is included in the group show "The Artist’s Palette: The Primary Colors on Paper" at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. It’s on view through June 2. Many images of Shepherd’s work are available at her website.

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast via iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or RSS. See more images of art discussed on the program.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features the new Museum of Fine Arts Houston exhibition "War Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath." Anne Wilkes Tucker, the show’s co-curator (along with MFAH’s Will Michaels and Natalie Zelt) joins me to discuss the exhibition and the related 600-page book from the MFAH and the Yale University Press.

The show, which runs through February 3, includes almost 500 objects, images by more than 280 photographers on six continents, all of it covering 165 years of war. The exhibition and catalogue are presented thematically, with sections on war-related topics such as recruitment, training, daily routine, patrol, the wait, the fight itself, leisure time and more.

Do you recognize this picture? If you saw this more famous image first, you’d recognize the picture here as being the raising of the flag on Mt. Suribachi on the Pacific Ocean island of Iwo Jima. One of the things Tucker tells us on this week’s MAN Podcast is that she and her team found images that conclusively document that Joe Rosenthal’s iconic picture of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima is legit, not staged. You can see more images from Iwo Jima here. In the exhibition catalogue Tucker details the history behind how the images — and the moment — were made.

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Image: Bob Campbell, USMC, American, 1910–1968, Flag Raising at Iwo Jima — Installing Large Flag on Mt. Suribachi, February 23, 1945. Collection of the MFA Houston.