Episode No. 136 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Jo Ann Callis and curator Carol S. Eliel.
Starting in the early 1970s, Callis has constructed both black-and-white and color photographs that consider, sex, sexuality, pleasure and more pleasure. Aperture has just published “Other Rooms,” a new book of Callis’ investigations of the nude body and sexuality, mostly from the mid-1970s. Amazon offers it for $54. And on Tuesday, June 17th, Callis and Lesley A. Martin will discuss the project at Aperture on West 27th Street in New York. Their conversation starts at 6:30.
Callis is one of the most important photographers of her generation. In 2009 the J. Paul Getty Museum presented a retrospective of her work titled “Woman Twirling.” Callises are in the permanent collection of museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
On the second segment Carol S. Eliel discusses her new retrospective of John Altoon, which opened at LACMA this week. Altoon was a member of the group of artists who came of age in post-war Los Angeles, where his paintings and drawings were informed by surrealism and biomorphism and exuded sex. The exhibition will be on view through September 14.
Air date: June 12, 2014.