No. 533: Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Jonathan Brown

Episode No. 533 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Anne Umland and art historian Jonathan Brown.

Along with Walburga Krupp, Eva Reifert and Natalia Sidlina, Umland is a co-curator of “Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Living Abstraction” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition surveys Taeuber-Arp’s pioneering interests in Dada and abstraction across over 300 works, including textiles, beadwork, polychrome marionettes, architectural and interior designs, stained glass windows, works on paper, paintings, and relief sculptures.  The exhibition is on view through March 12. The outstanding exhibition catalogue was published by MoMA and the Kunstmuseum Basel. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $57-75.

Brown was one of the world’s leading scholars of art of Spain and the Spanish colonial world. He died on January 17 at 82. In addition to teaching at New York University, Brown was the editor, author or co-author of about 20 books on Spanish and Latin American art. He also curated exhibitions that explored the works of Murillo, Goya, Velazquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Ribera, and more.

This clip was taken from Episode No. 137.

Air date: January 20, 2022.

Nic Aluf, Sophie Taeuber with her Dada Head, 1920.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Circle Picture, 1933.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Gradation, 1934.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Vertical Horizontal Composition, c. 1917.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Stag, 1918.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Stag, 1918.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Oedipus Complex, 1918.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Freudanalyticus, 1918.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Tapestry, ca. 1925.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Jean Arp, Maquette for the stained glass window in the staircase of the Aubette, Strasbuorg, France, 1927.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp and probably Jean Arp, Aubette 113 (axonometric drawing of the passageway in the Aubette, Strasbourg, France), 1927.

Aubette 127 (axonometric drawing of the “Five O’Clock” tearoom in the Aubette, Strasbourg, France), 1927.

Orthon Scholl, Interior of the “Five O’Clock” tearoom designed by Sophie Taeuber-Arp in the Aubette, Strasbourg, France, 1928.

Orthon Scholl, Interior of the “Five O’Clock” tearoom designed by Sophie Taeuber-Arp in the Aubette, Strasbourg, France, 1928.

Orthon Scholl(?), Interior of the “Five O’Clock” tearoom designed by Sophie Taeuber-Arp in the Aubette, Strasbourg, France, 1928.

Unknown photographer, unknown vestibule with murals by Sophie Taeuber-Arp in the house of Arthur and Berthe Heimendinger, Strasbourg, France, 1928.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Axonometric drawing, 1932.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Axonometric drawing, 1935.

Ernst Nipkow, Kitchen designed by Sophie Taeuber-Arp in the house of Ingeborg and Wilhelm Bitter, Berlin. 1935.

Ernst Nipkow, Kitchen designed by Sophie Taeuber-Arp in the house of Ingeborg and Wilhelm Bitter, Berlin. 1935.

Ernst Nipkow, Kitchen designed by Sophie Taeuber-Arp in the house of Ingeborg and Wilhelm Bitter, Berlin. 1935.

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