Episode No. 311 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Eve Straussman-Pflanzer and Scott A. Shields. At the top of the program, host Tyler Green shares some findings from our recently completed annual survey.
“The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence” is the first American exhibition devoted to the paintings and drawings by Carlo Dolci. Curated by Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, the Detroit Institute of Art’s curator of European paintings, the exhibition is at the Nasher Museum at Duke University through January 14, 2018. The exhibition’s striking catalogue was published by the Davis Museum at Wellesley College and distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $35.
Dolci was a deeply devout painter of sacred subjects, a painter whose ouevre consists mostly of religious subjects (which may be part of why he fell out of favor in the nineteenth century). In addition to the intense feeling within his work, Dolci’s paintings are distinguished by exquisite finish and technical accomplishment.
On the second segment, Crocker Art Museum curator Scott A. Shields discusses “Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942-1955,” which the Crocker co-organized with the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. The exhibition looks at work, especially work on paper, that Diebenkorn made before turning to figuration while living and working in Berkeley, Calif. It reveals Diebenkorn working through artists with whom his work is not typically associated, such as John Marin and Arshile Gorky. The exhibition is accompanied by an excellent, well-illustrated catalogue that mines Diebenkorn’s archive to find a surprising range of influences. Amazon sells it for $42. From Sacramento, the show will trael to the Owsley Museum at Ball State University, the Portland (Ore.) Art Museum, the Weisman Museum at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and to the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md.
Air date: October 19, 2017.