Episode No. 462 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features author Janis A. Tomlinson and Stuart Collection director and author Mary Beebe.
Tomlinson is the author of “Goya: A Portrait of the Artist,” which Princeton University Press will publish this week. It is just the second English-language biography of Francisco Goya y Lucientes. While Robert Hughes’s 2003 biography “Goya” was written from a critical point-of-view and told the story of Goya and his Spain mostly through his work, Tomlinson emphasizes the documentation that reveals Goya’s life, the centrality of the Spanish court to his life and work, and his most important relationships. It is available through Amazon and Indiebound for $35.
Three Goya etchings series are discussed on the program. Each is browsable in its entirety:
- Los Caprichos, 1797-98;
- La Tauromaquia, 1816; and
- Los Disparates, aka Proverbios or Suenos, 1815-23.
On the second segment, Mary Beebe discusses “Landmarks: Sculpture Commissions for the Stuart Collection at the University of California San Diego,” which was just published by University of California Press. The Stuart Collection is one of the leading public collections of contemporary sculpture. Beebe is the director of the Stuart Collection and the author of “Landmarks,” which includes an essay by Miwon Kwon and interviews with Stuart Collection artists such as Mark Bradford, Do Ho Suh, Barbara Kruger and Bruce Nauman.
Thorough documentation of works discussed on the program is available at the Stuart Collection’s artists site.
Air date: September 10, 2020.