No. 574: Cubism and Trompe l’Oeil, Mark Steinmetz

Episode No. 574 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Emily Braun and artist Mark Steinmetz.

With Elizabeth Cowling, Braun is the co-curator of “Cubism and the Trompe L’Oeil Tradition” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition considers cubist works by Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Pablo Picasso in the context of the centuries-long trompe l’oeil painting tradition. In addition to dozens of major cubist works, the exhibition includes paintings by Samuel van Hoogstraten, William Harnett, and more. “Cubism” is on view through January 22, 2023. It is accompanied by an outstanding catalogue that was published by the museum. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $43-50.

Mark Steinmetz is included in “Reckonings and Reconstructions: Southern Photography from the Do Good Fund” at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. The Do Good Fund is a Columbus, Ga.-based charity that collects and makes available to museums photography of the American South made from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition, which includes artists such as Jill Frank, Baldwin Lee, Deborah Luster, Gordon Parks, and RaMell Ross. It’s at the GMOA through January 8, 2023.

Steinmetz also contributed a portfolio titled “Irina & Amelia” to the new, 70th anniversary issue of Aperture magazine. The pictures are Steinmetz’s engagement with Estelle Jussim’s essay “Mothers & Daughters” in Aperture’s summer 1987 issue. The new issue of Aperture also features work by John Edmonds, Hannah Whitaker, Dayanita Singh, and others, and is available from Aperture for $25.

Among Steinmetz’s work discussed on the program (see below) are the series:

ATL/Terminus (2012-18);

Greater Atlanta (1994-2009)

Air date: November 3, 2022.

Juan Fernández (El Labrador), Still Life with Four Bunches of Grapes, ca. 1636.

Adriaen van der Spelt and Frans van Mieris the Elder, Trompe l’Oeil Still Life with Flower Garland and Curtain, 1658.

Juan Gris, Pears and Grapes on a Table, 1913.

Juan Gris, The Washstand, 1912.

Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts, A Hanging Wall Pouch, 1677.

Georges Braque, Fruit Dish and Glass, 1912.

Pablo Picasso, Guitar and Wine Glass, 1912.

Pablo Picasso, Violin and Newspaper, 1912.

Juan Gris, The Musician’s Table, 1914.

Louis Leopold Boilly, Trompe l’Oeil, ca. 1799-1803.

William Michael Harnett, The Artist’s Letter Rack, 1879.

Juan Gris, Violin and Engraving, 1913.

Juan Gris, The Guitar, 1913.

Juan Gris, The Glass of Beer, 1914.

Catalogue spread featuring Juan Gris, The Sunblind, 1914 and Isidore Leroy (manufacturer), Wallpaper pattern 14618 B, 1910-11.

Mark Steinmetz, Athens, Georgia, 1995.

Mark Steinmetz, Emelia, Athens, GA, February, 2021.

Mark Steinmetz, Paso Robles, CA, December, 2018.

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