No. 275: Medardo Rosso

Episode No. 275 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Sharon Hecker and Tamara Schenkenberg and was taped live at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis.

Hecker and Schenkenberg are the co-curators of “Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form,” which is at the Pulitzer through May 13. The exhibition is the first broad survey of Rosso’s work in an American museum in over fifty years. (In 2014-15 the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York presented this Rosso installation.) It features nearly 100 works, including sculptures, drawings and photographs. The exhibition’s catalogue is available for free from the Pulitzer for a $7 PayPal-administered shipping charge.

Rosso is an Italian artist who spent much of his career in France. His sculptures of heads and figures in wax, plaster, and bronze are key pivots between an era of monumental bronze sculpture, realist and impressionist sculpture and ultimately modern art.

Hecker is the author of the forthcoming “A Moment’s Monument: Medardo Rosso and the International Origins of Modern Sculpture,” which University of California Press will publish in June. Hecker is an art historian who has also published extensively on Lucio Fontana and Luciano Fabro.

Schenkenberg is a curator at the Pulitzer. She was previously on The MAN Podcast to discuss her exhibition “Fred Sandback: 64 Three-Part Pieces.”

Air date: February 9, 2017.

Medardo Rosso, La Riconoscenza (lost), 1883.

Medardo Rosso, La Riconoscenza (lost), 1883.

Medardo Rosso, Portinaia (Concierge), 1883-1884.

Medardo Rosso, Portinaia (Concierge), 1883-1884.

Medardo Rosso, Aetas Aurea (Golden Age), 1885-86.

Medardo Rosso, Aetas Aurea (Golden Age), 1885-86.

Medardo Rosso, Aetas Aurea (Golden Age), 1885-86.

Medardo Rosso, Aetas Aurea (Golden Age), 1885-86.

Medardo Rosso, The Bookmaker, 1893-95.

Medardo Rosso, The Bookmaker, 1893-95.

Auguste Rodin, Monument to Balzac, 1898.

Auguste Rodin, Monument to Balzac, 1898.

Medardo Rosso, Henri Rouart, 1889-90.

Medardo Rosso, Henri Rouart, 1889-90.

Medardo Rosso, Madame X, 1896.

Medardo Rosso, Ecce Puer (Behold the Child), 1906.

Medardo Rosso, Ecce Puer (Behold the Child), 1906.

Medardo Rosso, Landscape, not dated.

Medardo Rosso, Landscape, not dated.

Medardo Rosso, Forest, not dated.

Medardo Rosso, Forest, not dated.

One thought on “No. 275: Medardo Rosso

  1. Rosso is one of the most seminal sculptors of the last 200 years. Rodin owes him a great debt as yet unpaid! Thank you for this exhibit. Thank you curators. Best, R.H. Dick, sculptor

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