Episode No. 280 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Simon Kelly and Gail Stavitsky.
Along with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Esther Bell, Kelly is the co-curator of “Degas, Impressionism & the Paris Millinery Trade.” The exhibition melds the social history of modernizing 19th-century Paris with the ways in which painters, especially Edgar Degas, captured one the city’s boomingest industries, the manufacturing and selling of hats, an industry that was a gateway into the city, employment and the bourgeoisie for tens of thousands of French women. The exhibition is at the Saint Louis Art Museum through May 7, when it will travel to San Francisco’s Legion of Honor. The exhibition’s superb catalogue was published by the two museums and DelMonico Prestel. Amazon offers it for $48.
On the second segment, Gail Stavitsky discusses “Matisse and American Art,” her new exhibition on the impact Matisse’s work has had on American artists. The show, which features 65 paintings, sculptures, prints and archival objects is on view at New Jersey’s Montclair Art Museum through June 18. Stavitsky curated the show with assistance from John Cauman and Lisa Mintz Messinger. The exhibition catalogue was published by the museum, which sells it for $45.
Air date: March 16, 2017.