No. 370: Laura Owens, Mark Lamster

Episode No. 370 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Laura Owens and author Mark Lamster.

“Laura Owens,” a survey of Owens’s work since the mid-1990s, is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Geffen Contemporary location through March 25, 2019. The exhibition, which was curated by Scott Rothkopf and originated at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, features about 60 paintings. The exhibition is accompanied by a book published by the Whitney. Amazon offers it for $30.

Throughout her career, Laura Owens has made paintings that address art history, how paintings are made, how images are produced and how painters have left marks on canvas, often within single artworks. Her previous museum exhibitions have come at MOCA (in 2003), the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht, Kunsthalle Zurich, the Secession in Vienna and at The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College for the Arts in San Francisco.

On the second segment, Mark Lamster discusses his new biography “The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century.” The book, which was published by Little, Brown and Co., reveals how important the New York art world was to Johnson’s professional rise, and how Johnson’s affiliation with Nazis almost ended his architecture career before it began. Lamster is the architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News and he teaches at the University of Texas at Arlington. His previous books include “Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of Peter Paul Rubens,” and “Spalding’s World Tour: The Epic Adventure that Took Baseball Around the Globe – And Made It America’s Game.” Amazon offers “The Man in the Glass House” for $21.

Air date: December 6, 2018.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 1995.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 1997.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 1997.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 1998.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 1998.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2000.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2003.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2003.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2006.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2006.

Henri Matisse, Le bonheur de vivre, 1905-06.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2007.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2011.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2011.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2012.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2018.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2018.

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