No. 597: Binh Danh, “Object Lessons”

Episode No. 597 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Binh Danh and curator Jeffrey Richmond-Moll.

Radius Books has just published a two-volume monograph titled, “Binh Danh: The Enigma of Belonging.” The book, Danh’s first monograph, brings together Danh’s prints on plant matter that consider images associated with the war in Vietnam, and Danh’s daguerreotypes of scenic vistas in the American West, his attempt to negotiate the land and history of a still-contested region. The book features essays by Danh, Boreth Ly, Joshua Chuang, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, and Andrew Lam. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for about $60.

Danh’s work is on view in “Ansel Adams in Our Time” at the de Young Museum, San Francisco. The exhibition, which was curated by Karen Haas for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is on view through July 23.

Danh has had solo shows at museums such as the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; and the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska. He’s in many major US museum collections, including at the Eastman House in Rochester, NY; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.

Richmond-Moll discusses “Object Lessons in American Art: Selections from the Princeton University Art Museum” at the Georgia Museum of Art. The exhibition features work from PUAM that present artworks about American history, culture, and society in ways that reveal how Princeton has taught and presented US art history. It’s on view through May 14. A catalogue was published by PUAM. Bookshop and Amazon offer it for $30-40.

Air date: April 13, 2023.

Binh Danh, Angkor Wat from the “In the Eclipse of Angkor” series, 2008.

Binh Danh, Shock and Awe, 2008.

Binh Danh, Military Foliage, #21, 2010.

Binh Danh, Jimmy W. Phipps, 18 years old, 2008.

Binh Danh, Waiting, 2009.

Binh Danh, Yosemite Falls, April 15, 2012, 2012.

Binh Danh, El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, 2012.

Binh Danh, Untitled from the Viet Nam series, 1999.

Binh Danh, from the series Blurred Memories, 2002.

Installation view, Georgia Museum of Art, 2022-23.

Severin Roesen, The Abundance of Nature, ca. 1855.

John Singleton Copley, Elkanah Watson, 1782.

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