Episode No. 124 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Carla Klein and Nayland Blake.
An exhibition of Klein’s new work opens today at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York. Klein’s work is big and painterly. She paints landscapes that are rooted in abstraction. She has had a dozen solo gallery exhibitions in Europe and in the United States, and in two thousand five the Berkeley Art Museum featured her in one of its Matrix shows. Klein paintings are in the collections of the Berkeley Art Museum and the Miami Art Museum.
On the second segment, Nayland Blake discusses work in “Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology” at the Hammer Museum. The exhibition, which was curated by Anne Ellegood and Johanna Burton, is on view through May 18. Blake has long made work about queer identity, and he’s organized shows about it too, such as the landmark 1995 exhibition “In a Different Light” that he co-curated with Lawrence Rinder for the Berkeley Art Museum. Blake has been the subject of many solo exhibitions, most recently Free! Love! Tool! Box! last year at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. He’s also the chairman of the International Center of Photography-Bard MFA program.
Air date: March 20, 2014.