No. 544: David’s drawings, JMW Turner

Episode No. 544 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Perrin Stein and Frederick Ilchman.

Stein is the curator of “Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Met says it’s the first exhibition devoted to David’s works on paper. “David” features over 80 drawings, preparatory studies and oil sketches related to significant paintings that helped shape public understandings of major events in the years before, during and after the French Revolution. The exhibition is on view through May 15. The excellent exhibition catalogue was published by the Met. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for about $54-65.

Ilchman organized the MFA Boston presentation of “Turner’s Modern World” with Julia Welch and Cara Wolahan. (The exhibition, which originated at the Tate, was curated David Brown, Amy Concannon, James Finch, and Sam Smiles with Hattie Spires.) “Turner’s Modern World” features about 100 Turners, including paintings, watercolors, drawings and sketchbooks, and argues for the present sociopolitical relevance of Turner’s work. In Boston, the presentation centers one of Turner’s most important works, Slave Ship (1840), a dramatic indictment of the transatlantic slave trade. “Turner’s Modern World” is on view through July 10. The catalogue was published by the Tate. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $42-55.

Images will post on Saturday, April 9.

Instagram: Perrin Stein, Tyler Green.

Air date: April 7, 2022.

David, The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of His Sons, ca. 1787.

David, The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of His Sons, 1787.

David, The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of His Sons, 1787.

David, The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of His Sons, 1787.

David, The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of His Sons, 1788.

David, The Combat of Diomedes, 1776.

David, Paris and Helen (Anonymous Tracing after d ’Hancarville), ca. 1775-80.

David, Paris and Helen, ca, 1782-86.

David, Paris and Helen, ca. 1782.

David, Paris and Helen, 1786.

David, Paris and Helen, 1786-87.

David, The Death of Socrates, 1782.

David, The Death of Socrates, 1786.

David, The Death of Socrates, 1787.

David, The Oath of the Tennis Court, 1791.

David, The Oath of the Horatii, ca. 1782.

David, The Oath of the Horatii, 1784-85

David, Leonidas at Thermopylae, ca. 1812-13.

David, Leonidas at Thermopylae, 1813.

David, The Intervention of the Sabine Women, 1799.

JMW Turner, Chicester Canal, ca. 1828.

JMW Turner, Sheerness as seen from the Nore, 1808.

JMW Turner, The Battle of Trafalgar, as Seen from the Mizen Starboard Shrouds of the Victory, 1806-08.

JMW Turner, The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16 October 1834, 1835.

JMW Turner, A Disaster at Sea, ca. 1835.

JMW Turner, The Slave Ship, 1840.

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