No. 363: Hilma af Klint, Frans Hals

Episode No. 363 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Tracey Bashkoff and Lawrence W. Nichols.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is showing “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future,” a survey of Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944). The exhibition features more than 170 of af Klint’s artworks with a focus on the artist’s most significant period, from 1906–20, when her interest in spirtualism helped push her toward non-objective imagery.  It is the first major solo exhibition of af Klint’s work in the United States. Tracey Bashkoff curated the exhibition with assistance from David Horowitz. It will be on view through April 23, 2019. The exhibition’s excellent catalogue was published by the Guggenheim. Amazon offers it for $40.

On the second segment, Lawrence W. Nichols discusses “Frans Hals Family Portraits: A Reunion,” at the Toledo Museum of Art. It is the first exhibition devoted to Hals’s family portraiture. The show was motivated  by Toledo’s 2011 acquisition of Hals’s Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape and the recent conservation of Hals’s Three Children of the Van Campen Family at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels. The Toledo and Brussels canvases were originally a single painting, separated for unknown reasons in either the late 18th or early 19th century. Toledo has reunited the two paintings for this show, along with a third, a fragment of a painting presently in a private collection. The exhibition is in Toledo through Jan. 6, 2019. The exhibition catalogue was published by Hirmer. Amazon offers it for $33.

Air date: October 18, 2018.

Hilma af Klint, he Ten Largest, No. 7., Adulthood, Group IV, 1907.

Hilma af Klint, Group I, Primordial Chaos, No. 16, 1906-1907.

Hilma af Klint, Group IX/SUW, The Swan, No. 17, 1915, from The SUW/UW Series.

Hilma afKlint, Group X, No. 1, Altarpiece, 1915.

Hilma af Klint, Group VI, Evolution, No. 7, 1908.

Hilma af Klint, Group VI, Evolution, No. 14, 1908.

Hilma af Klint, Violet Blossoms with Guidelines, 1919.

Frans Hals, Children of the Van Campen Family with a Goat-Cart (fragment), ca. 1623–25.

Frans Hals, Marriage Portrait of Isaac Massa and Beatrix van der Laen, ca. 1622.

Frans Hals, Family Group in a Landscape, ca. 1645–48.

Frans Hals, The Van Campen Family in a Landscape (fragment), ca. 1623–25.

Frans Hals, Portrait of a Dutch Family, mid-1630s.

Frans Hals, Portrait of a Boy of the Van Campen Family, ca. 1623-25.

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