No. 434: Peter Saul, Barry X Ball

Episode No. 434 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Peter Saul and Barry X. Ball.

The New Museum in New York City is presenting “Peter Saul: Crime and Punishment,” a survey of Saul’s career. The exhibition includes 60 paintings Saul has made over the last 60 years, from his investigations of domestic space and consumerism, to his pioneering anti-war paintings of the Vietnam War era, to his arch looks at right-wing politicians (which continue into the present). It is on view through May 31. The exhibition was curated Massimiliano Gioni and Gary Carrion-Murayari. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by Phaidon in association with the New Museum. Amazon offers it for $56.

On the second segment, sculptor Barry X Ball discusses his work on the occasion of a career-spanning survey at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. That exhibition, “Barry X Ball: Remaking Sculpture,” is on view through April 19. It was curated by Jed Morse.

Ball’s sculptures are typically created out of rare stones with the assistance of 3-D scanning and printing technology and CNC milling machines. His work typically addresses and often updates mostly European major work from sculpture’s history, such as Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pieta or Medardo Rossos. This is Ball’s first survey exhibition in the United States; previous exhibitions of his work have been at Ca’ Pesaro in Venice, the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, and the Villa Panza in Varese. The fine exhibition catalogue was published by the Nasher.

Air date: Feb. 27, 2020.

Peter Saul, Ice Box 8, 1963.

Peter Saul, Ice Box, 1960.

Peter Saul, White Nurse, 1965.

Peter Saul, GI Christ, 1967.

Peter Saul, Subway I, 1979.

Peter Saul, Crucifixion of Angela Davis, 1973.

Peter Saul, Crime Doesnt Pay, 1963.

Peter Saul, The Government of California, 1969.

Peter Saul, View of San Francisco #2, 1984.

Peter Saul, Columbus Discovers America, 1992–95.

Peter Saul, Bush at Abu Ghraib, 2006.

Peter Saul, Donald Trump in Florida, 2017.

Peter Saul, Abstract Expressionist Portrait of Donald Trump, 2018.

Sleeping Hermaphrodite production image, Barry X Ball studio

Sleeping Hermaphrodite production image, Barry X Ball studio

Barry X Ball, Sleeping Hermaphrodite, 2008-17.

Barry X Ball, Pieta, 2011-18.

Barry X Ball, Pieta (detail), 2011-18.

Barry X Ball, Pieta (detail), 2011-18.

Barry X Ball, Baby at the Breast, 2013-19.

Medardo Rosso, Madame X, 1896.

Barry X Ball, Madame X, 2013-19.

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