No. 586: Justine Kurland

Episode No. 586 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Justine Kurland.

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford recently acquired a complete vintage set of Kurland’s 69-picture “Girl Pictures” suite (1997-2002) and has installed it in the museum’s 1934 Avery Court. (The building is known for having the first international style spaces of any American art museum.) The exhibition is on view through August.

Kurland’s series presents a fictional semi-narrative of an empowered, self-sufficient, ever-traveling community of young women. It is a feminist recasting of the long tradition of adolescent and vagabond narratives that foreground boys and young men. Aperture published the entire series in a book that includes a story by Rebecca Bengal. Amazon and Indiebound offer it for about $47.

Instagram: Justine Kurland, Tyler Green.

Air date: January 26, 2023.

Installation view of “Justine Kurland: Girl Pictures,” Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.

Justine Kurland, Girls in Sand, 2002.

Georges Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte – 1884, 1884/86.

Justine Kurland, Golden Field, 1998.

Justine Kurland, Forest Fire, 2000.

Justine Kurland, Armadillo Burial, 2001.

Gustave Courbet, A Burial at Ornans, 1849-50.

Justine Kurland, Twelve-Point Buck, 1999.

Thomas Cole, The Hunter’s Return, 1845.

Justine Kurland, Bathers, 1998.

Thomas Eakins, The Swimming Hole, 1884-85.

Justine Kurland, Waiting for Trains While Playing with Trains, 2009.

Justine Kurland, Lupin Blossoms, Caliente Pass, 2010.

Carleton Watkins, The [Tehachapi] Loop, SPRR, Kern County, Calif., 1877.

Justine Kurland, Like a Black Snake, 2008.

Justine Kurland, Nudes after Jay Defeo, 2021.

Justine Kurland, Monograph, 2020.


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