This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights "Alibis: Sigmar Polke, 1963-2010" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition is in member previews now, opens to the public on April 19 and will remain on view through August 3. The exhibition’s catalogue was published by MoMA.
Joining the program to discuss the exhibition is Kathy Halbreich, who curated “Alibis.” Halbreich is MoMA’s associate director and the former director of the Walker Art Center. Her last exhibition before “Alibis” was a 2010 installation of contemporary art from MoMA’s collection that was co-curated with Christophe Cherix.
The image above is a detail from Polke’s Watchtower (1984), which Halbreich and host Tyler Green discuss on this week’s program. It’s one of Polke’s many paintings that addresses Germany’s recent history, including both the Nazi era and the separation between East and West Berlin. Watchtower is both in the exhibition and in MoMA’s collection.
On the second segment, Olaf Peters discusses "Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937," which is on view through June 30. Peters is a professor at the Peters is a professor at the Institute for Art History and Archaeology in Europe at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. He curated “Degenerate Art” and edited its excellent exhibition catalogue, which was published by Prestel.