No. 360: Ruth Asawa, Angela Fraleigh

Episode No. 360 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Tamara Schenkenberg and artist Angela Fraleigh.

Schenkenberg is the curator of “Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work” at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was a San Francisco-based artist who melded traditional craft practices with industrial materials to make some of the most distinctive sculpture of the twentieth century. The exhibition includes 80 works including sculpture, works on paper and collages spanning the start of Asawa’s career at Black Mountain College in western North Carolina through to the intricate and complicated ceiling-hanging works of her later years. It is the first museum exhibition of Asawa’s work in 12 years and the first away from the West Coast. The exhibition is on view until February 16, 2019. A catalogue is forthcoming from Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for pre-order for $40.

Angela Fraleigh is included in “The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of  Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S.” at the Shiva Gallery at John Jay College. The exhibition includes artists such as Kara Walker, Yoko Ono, Senga Nengudi and Suzanne Lacy and was curated by Monica Fabijanska. It is on view through November 2. On Wednesday, October 3, the Shiva will host an evening symposium related to the exhibition.

Fraleigh is a painter and sculptor whose work engages issues of desire and power. Her work is in the collections of the Kemper Art Museum in Kansas City and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Air date: September 27, 2018.

Ruth Asawa, Untitled (BMC.119, Early Organic Biomorphic Forms), ca. 1946–49.

Ruth Asawa, Untitled (BMC.117, BMC Laundry Stamp on Newsprint), ca. 1948–49.

Ruth Asawa, Untitled (Dancers), 1948-49.

Ruth Asawa, Untitled, late 1950s.

Ruth Asawa, Untitled, ca. 1952.

Ruth Asawa, Untitled, ca. 1956.

Ruth Asawa, Untitled, 1965-70.

Ruth Asawa, Untitled, ca. 1963.

Ruth Asawa, Untitled, ca. 1963.

Ruth Asawa, Untitled, 1996.

Installation view of “Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work” at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2018.

Installation view of “Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work” at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2018.

Installation view of “Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work” at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2018.

Installation view of “Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work” at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2018.

Angela Fraleigh, lonelily loomed into bone, 2011.

Francois Boucher, The Rape of Europa, 1734.

Angela Fraleigh, star by star stare stepping (detail),

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