No. 317: Michelangelo, Art and China after 1989

Episode No. 317 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Carmen Bambach and Alexandra Munroe.

Bambach is the curator of “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition, which features 133 drawings, three sculptures, a painting and a wood architectural model, all by Michelangelo, and contextualizing contemporary works by his teachers, peers and pupils, is on view through February 12, 2018. The lavish, extensive exhibition catalogue was published by the Met and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $58.

Bambach is a curator at the Met. Her previous exhibitions include a 2010 survey of Bronzino’s drawings, a 2003 exhibition of Leondardo da Vinci’s drawings, and a 2001 show spotlighting the draftsmanship of Correggio and Parmigianino.

On the second segment, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum curator Alexandra Munroe discusses “Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World.” The exhibition, which presents work made in or about China by 71 artists and groups between 1989 and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is at the Guggenheim through January 7, 2018. Munroe co-curated the exhibition with Philip Tinari and Hon Hanru. The excellent catalogue was published by the Guggenheim. Amazon offers it for $46.

Clarification: In the 55th minute mark, Munroe refers to Wang Guangyi instead of to Wang Jianwei.

Air date: November 30, 2017.

Domenico Ghirlandaio, Cartoon of a Woman in Bust Length.

Domenico Ghirlandaio, Drapery Study of a Standing Figure.

Michelangelo, Study for a Seated Sibyl.

Michelangelo, Study of a Mourning Figure.

Donatello, Detail of a Mourning Figure in the Resurrection, ca. 1460-66.

Michelangelo, Study for the Three Labors of Hercules.

Michelangelo, Study of the Torso of a Male Nude Seen from the Back.

Michelangelo, Study of a Standing Male Nude Seen from the Back.

Bastiano (Aristotile) da Sangallo, Copy after the Central Episode of the Bathers in Michelangelo’s Battle of Cascina.

Michelangelo, Pieta for Vittoria Colonna.

Giulio Bonasone, after Michelangelo, Pieta for Vittoria Colonna.

Michelangelo, Fall of Phaeton.

Michelangelo, Studies for Christ in the Pieta of Ubeda for Sebastiano del Piombo.

Sebastiano del Piombo, Pieta.

Michelangelo, Figural Group with a Woman in Bust Length in a Fantastic Headdress (the so-called Zenobia) for Gherardo Perini.

Michelangelo, Cleopatra in Bust Length.

Gu Dexin, Plastic Pieces-287, 1983-95.

Huang Yong Ping, The History of Chinese Painting and A Concise History of Modern Painting Washed in a Washing Machine for Two Minutes, 1987 (reconstructed 1993).

Xu Tan, Made in China, 1997-98.

Black Cover Book, 1994, edited by Zeng Xiaojun, Ai Weiwei, and Xu Bing, with Zi Gong (Feng Boyi), 1994; White Cover Book, 1995, edited by Zeng Xiaojun, Ai Weiwei, ,and Zhuang Hui; and Grey Cover Book, 1997, edited by Zeng Xiaojun, Ai Weiwei, and Zhuang Hui.

Exterior view: National Art Gallery Beijing, with exhibition posters for China/Avant Garde, February 1989.


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