Episode No. 271 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Anne Umland and Stephanie Barron.
Along with Catherine Hug, Umland is the curator of “Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction,” Picabia’s first American retrospective. It’s on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York through March 19. MoMA’s Umland and Hug, a curator at the Kunsthaus Zurich, were assisted by Talia Kwartler, also of MoMA. The exhibition catalogue was published by MoMA. Amazon offers it for $49.
Picabia is both one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century and one of the most slippery. From right around the turn-of-the-century until his death in 1953, he slipped from representative painting to cubism-informed abstraction, to conceptual work informed by design to kitsch to film-making and more.
Umland’s credits include “Picasso Sculpture,” “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914,” and “Joan Miro: Painting and Anti-Painting, 1927-1937.” She was previously on The MAN Podcast to discuss Magritte and Picasso.
On the second segment, LACMA’s Stephanie Barron discusses “John McLaughlin Paintings: Total Abstraction,” the artist’s first retrospective. McLaughlin was one of the most important artists of post-war America. At a time when most artists were looking to Europe, McLaughlin looked to centuries of Japanese art and created work informed by the void and also by an Emersonian understanding of nature. It’s on view through April 16. The exhibition’s excellent catalogue was published by Prestel. Amazon offers it for $39.
Air date: Jan. 12, 2017.