No. 292: Spencer Finch, on Botticelli

Episode No. 292 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Spencer Finch and curator Frederick Ilchman.

Spencer Finch is presenting two new installations at two venues on opposite sides of the United States: His The Western Mystery (2017), a commission from the Seattle Art Museum for its Olympic Sculpture Park, is up through March 3, 2019. At MASS MoCA, Finch’s Cosmic Latte (2017) is on view at least through 2018.

Finch’s work typically addresses light and its relationship to memory at specific geographic locations, and often specific times. He has fulfilled commissions for and had exhibitions at The Morgan Library, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (then the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts), the Corcoran Gallery of Art and more. His work is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Kemper Museum of Art in St. Louis, the Guggenheim and more.

Frederick Ilchman has organized the Museum of Fine Arts Boston’s showing of “Botticelli and the Search for the Divine,” the largest exhibition of Botticelli paintings ever shown in the United States. The exhibition, which is on view through July 9, includes 15 works by 15th-century Florentine master Sandro Botticelli, as well as works by Filippo Lippi, Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Jacopo del Sellaio and more. The exhibition was co-organized by the MFA Boston and the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary. Ilchman is the MFA Boston’s curator of paintings.

Air date: June 8, 2017.

Spencer Finch, The Western Mystery, 2017.

Spencer Finch, The Western Mystery, 2017.

Spencer Finch, The Western Mystery (detail), 2017.

Spencer Finch, Sunset (St. Louis, July 31, 2008), 2008.

Spencer Finch, Sunset (St. Louis, July 31, 2008), 2008.

Spencer Finch, Morning Effect (March 13, 2007), 2007.

Spencer Finch, Walden Pond (surface/depth), 2013.

Spencer Finch, Walden Pond (surface/depth), 2013.

Spencer Finch, Painting Air, 2012.

Spencer Finch, Painting Air (detail), 2012.

Spencer Finch, Snow Shadow (Giverny, January 8, 2003, 1:10pm), 2006.

Spencer Finch, 366 (Emily Dickinson’s Miraculous Year), 2009.

Spencer Finch, 366 (Emily Dickinson’s Miraculous Year) (detail), 2009.

Spencer Finch, The Most Beautiful Blue (Goethe’s Theory), 2007.

Spencer Finch, Remarks on Color, 2017.

Spencer Finch, Remarks on Color (detail), 2017.

Spencer Finch, Evening Star, 2011.

Spencer Finch, Thank You Fog, 2006.

Spencer Finch, Thank You Fog (detail), 2009.

Spencer Finch, Thank You Fog, 2016.

Spencer Finch, Thank You Fog (detail), 2016.

Spencer Finch, Fog (Lake Wononscopomuc), 2016.

Spencer Finch, Lost Man Creek, 2016.

Spencer Finch, Lost Man Creek (detail), 2016.

Spencer Finch, Sunset (South Texas, 6/21/03), 2003.

Spencer Finch, Sunset (South Texas, 6/21/03) (detail), 2003.

Spencer Finch, Shield of Achilles (Dawn, Troy, 10/27/02), 2013.

Spencer Finch, Passing Cloud (Over Derneburg), 2011.

Spencer Finch, Shadow, sculpture of centaur, Tuileries (after Atget), 2007.

Spencer Finch, The Route of Evanescence, 2011.

James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold — The Falling Rocket, 1874.

Spencer Finch, Crevasse (Fox Glacier, April 8, 2008, 4:47pm), 2010.

Spencer Finch, Cosmic Latte, 2017.

Spencer Finch, Cloud H2O, 2006.

Sandro Botticelli, Madonna of the Book, c. 1479.

Filippo Lippi, Pieta, ca. 1460-65.

Sandro Botticelli, Nativity (Adoration), ca. 1482-1485.

Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Battle of the Nudes, 1470-98.

Fillipo Lippi, Madonna and Child, ca. 1466-69.

Sandro Botticellii, Madonna of the Loggia, c. 1467.

Sandro Botticelli, Minerva and the Centaur, 1481.

Sandro Boticelli, The Judgement of Paris, c. 1485-88.

Sandro Botticelli, ‘Mystic Nativity,’ 1500.

Sandro Botticelli, Mystic Crucifixion, ca. 1500.

One thought on “No. 292: Spencer Finch, on Botticelli

  1. Looking forward to listening to this podcast. Heard a lecture by Spencer Finch at the Norton in West Palm a few months ago. As a Philosophy major I was totally impressed. His work deals a lot with epistemology. They had a small exhibition of his works. Very enjoyable!

    Also I really love Botticelli. When I think about my favorite artists through history he is always on the list.


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