No. 170: Melvin Edwards, Gohar Dashti

Episode No. 170 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Melvin Edwards and Gohar Dashti.

This past week the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas opened a major retrospective of my first guest, Melvin Edwards. Titled “Melvin Edwards: Five Decades,” the exhibition is the first Edwards museum retrospective in 20 years, and the most thorough. It was organized by Catherine Craft. It includes a re-creation of Edwards’ important 1970 installation of barbed-wire sculptures at the Whitney Museum of American Art, dozens of Edwards’ best-known works, his ‘lynch fragments’ series, and more.

The show will travel to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers and to the Columbus Museum of Art. Finally, don’t miss the show’s terrific catalogue, which was published by the Nasher. The only place I could find to buy it online is the Nasher’s own store. The Nasher’s website features a Q&A between Craft and Edwards that host Tyler Green mentions on this week’s show.

The second segment features a 2013 conversation with Gohar Dashti. We spoke on the occasion of Dashti’s inclusion in the exhibition “She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The show was curated by Kristen Gresh. The exhibition is now at Stanford’s
Cantor Art Center, where it will be on view through May 4.

Air date: Feb. 5, 2015.

Melvin Edwards, Chaino, 1964. Collection of the Williams College Museum of Art.

Melvin Edwards, Chaino, 1964. Collection of the Williams College Museum of Art.

Melvin Edwards, Begin Again (Lynch Fragment), 1979.

Melvin Edwards, Begin Again (Lynch Fragment), 1979.

Melvin Edwards, Djeri Djef, ca. 2004.

Melvin Edwards, Djeri Djef, ca. 2004.

Melvin Edwards, Koyo, 1973.

Melvin Edwards, Koyo, 1973.

Martin Puryear, Lever #3, 1989. Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Martin Puryear, Lever #3, 1989. Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Gohar Dashti, Untitled #8 from "Today's Life and War," 2008.

Gohar Dashti, Untitled #8 from “Today’s Life and War,” 2008.

Gohar Dashti, Untitled #7 from "Today's Life and War," 2008.

Gohar Dashti, Untitled #7 from “Today’s Life and War,” 2008.

Gohar Dashti, Untitled #2 from "Today's Life and War," 2008.

Gohar Dashti, Untitled #2 from “Today’s Life and War,” 2008.

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