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Modern Art Notes is over

Due to circumstances beyond my control and for the first time since I started the site in 2001, Modern Art Notes is on hiatus over. For updates on the status of this site, please follow me on Twitter.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast, which is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media, will continue via the usual outlets: On MANPodcast.com, iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher and via RSS feed. As always, new programs become available each Thursday at noon EDT.

I hope to see many of you in New York on May 12.

[Image: Guillaume-Benjamin-Armand Duchenne de Boulogne and Adrien Tournachon, Figure 20: Profound suffering with resignation from the album “The Mechanism of Human Facial Expression,” 1854-56, printed 1862. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.]

The Huntington’s new Dove

William Poundstone has a nice look at The Huntington’s new Arthur Dove. It looks like a stunner.

Tuesday travel

I’m traveling. In 2009 I wrote about first lady Michelle Obama’s guns (and Michelangelo).

Monday travel

I’m traveling. In 2010 I wrote about how a little-seen series of Richard Diebenkorns re-surfaced at the Hirshhorn.

Craft beer Friday: Schlafly Rauchbier

Schlafly Rauchbier: On draft. Aroma of smoked ham. Flavor of smoke that dissolves and gives way to a solid lager. No sweetness, just a nice, clean progression of flavors. No surprise that a St Louis brewery would have mastered a central European style, right? Read brewer Augie Altenbaumer on the making of the beer.

ABV: 5.9%.

My rating: 3.5.

RateBeer rating: 56 overall, 36 for style, weighted average of 3.14.

Brewery: Saint Louis Brewery, Saint Louis, Mo.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Hans Haacke

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Hans Haacke.

Haacke’s work is included in two ongoing exhibitions: “Art of Its Own Making,” which is on view at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts through August 20, and “Moving Parts: Time and Motion in Contemporary Art” at the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, which is up through August 31. “Art of Its Own Making,” which explores the way artworks evolve in response to their surroundings and interactions with viewers, was curated by Gretchen Wagner. “Moving Parts” was organized by Meredith Malone. Both exhibition feature ‘condendation’ works that Haacke made in the 1960s.

Haacke was recently awarded the Fourth Plinth commission for London’s Trafalgar Square. Haacke’s Gift Horse (2013) will go on view in 2015.

Topics we discuss include:

  • Why condensation, which Haacke used in many works in the 1960s, interested him;
  • Whether any temptation the viewer may feel to interact with his environmental systems works of the 1960s and early 1970s is fundamental to the work;
  • Turning points between Haacke’s interest in closed environmental systems and closed political and social systems; and
  • Whether his German heritage and knowledge of German history was useful to him in addressing American history in the early 21st century.

On this week’s program I referenced this catalogue for the 1969 “Earth Art” exhibition at the Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art at Cornell University.

How to listen: Download the show directly to a PC or mobile device. Listen on SoundCloud. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or via RSS. Stream the program at MANPodcast.com.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license. Special thanks to Kristen Hileman and to Paul Jackson and the rest of the communications team at the Museum of Modern Art, New York for their assistance with this week’s program.

For images of art discussed on this week’s program, please click through to the jump.

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The intensity of history at the Neue Galerie

One of the intensities of “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937″ is the connection the exhibition enables the viewer to make between an art object, such as a painting, and the Nazis vilification of it and their ensuing expulsion of it from German museum collections. (Reminder: Exhibition curator and catalogue editor Olaf Peters is on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast.)

Here’s how that works. This is George Grosz’s 1925 Portrait of the Writer Max Herrmann-Neisse.

This is the title panel on the wall next to the painting. (Please excuse my imperfect smartphone photograph.)

As you can see, the label lays out the exact history of the painting. It’s pretty darn chilling to stand before the object and to realize it was this exact thing…

Later in the exhibition you can see the Nazis own ledger listing degenerate paintings that were to be expunged from German museums. Via the Victoria & Albert Museum’s website, here’s the entry for this Grosz.

St. Louis devotes exhibition to Serra’s ‘Twain’

For many years now I’ve been telling the story of Twain, an underrated, under-appreciated Richard Serra sculpture in Saint Louis. One of the newly expanded Saint Louis Art Museum’s first shows spotlights and celebrates Twain: Titled “Sight Lines: Richard Serra’s Drawings for Twain,” the exhibition features drawings, ‘manipulated photographs,’ and a steel model related to Twain. The exhibition was curated by Ann-Maree Walker and will remain on view through September 7. [Image: Richard Serra, photographed by Robert Pettus, Manipulated Photograph related to “Twain”, c. 1975. Collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum.]

MAN’s examination of Serra, Twain and Serra’s St. Louis has included:

Richard Serra, photographed by Robert Pettus, Manipulated Photograph related to “Twain”, c. 1975. Collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Richard Serra, photographed by Robert Pettus, Manipulated Photograph related to “Twain”, c. 1975. Collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

The Monday Checklist

[Robert Olsen, no title, 2007. Olsen, one of America’s best young painters, died on April 14. He was 44. David Colker wrote the Olsen obituary for the Los Angeles Times. See more of Olsen’s work at his website and more work and related images at his Flickr stream.]

1.) Must-read review: Christopher Knight in the LAT on ‘Byzantium’ at the Getty Villa. (A related show at the J. Paul Getty Museum.)

2.) Critical thoughts (edition of four): Monica Bowen on Alberti’s Window on the female body and horizontal images. David Pagel in the LAT on Helen Pashgian at LACMA. Karen Rosenberg in the NYT on “When the Stars Began to Fall” at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Jori Finkel in The Art Newspaper on Mike Kelley’s death and his art. [Image below, right: Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013-14, included in “When the Stars Began to Fall.”]

3.) Must-read journalism: Sherry El-Gergawi in Ahram Online on how a retired Egyptian general wants the famed St. Catherine’s monastery in Sinai (and presumably the art in it) demolished. (A 2006 J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition of icons from the monastery is one of the greatest exhibition’s I’ve seen.)

4.) Journalism (edition of three): Kyle MacMillan in the Wall Street Journal on the Art Institute of Chicago’s conservation of its famed Caillebotte. Rachel Donadio in the NYT on what happens to repatriated art. Four Detroit Free Press reporters on a deal in Detroit.

5.) Museum feature (print): Lotte Johnson on MoMA’s Inside/Out on Paul Gauguin‘s so-called oil transfer drawings. [Image: Paul Gauguin, Tahitian Woman with Evil Spirit (recto). c. 1900. Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.]

6.) Museum feature (audio/visual): Alec Soth and Aperture on the current state of the photo book.

7.) Three tweets: From Brian Sholis. From Philippe Vergne via @MOCAlosangeles. (My response.) From the Archives of American Art.

8.) Twitter feed to follow: Jon Seydl, director of curatorial affairs at the Worcester Art Museum.

9.) Tumblr feed to follow: ScupltureCenter.

10.) This week on The Modern Art Notes Podcast: The Museum of Modern Art’s Kathy Halbreich on Sigmar Polke; Olaf Peters on “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937″ at the Neue Galerie. How to listen: Download the show directly to your PC/mobile device. Listen on SoundCloud. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or via RSS.

11.) Other Modern Art Notes Podcast news: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is presenting “Kaz Oshiro: Chasing Ghosts” at LACMA’s satellite gallery at the Charles White Elementary School at 2401 Wilshire. Hear Oshiro on Episode No. 75 of The MAN Podcast. [Image below, right: Oshiro, Dumpster, 2010. Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.]

12.) Web-accessible sound/video art: Joan Jonas, Volcano Saga, 1989. Via UbuWeb.

13.) Artwork in the public domain: Juan de Flandes, Christ Appearing to His Mother, ca. 1496. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Last week the Met added the tag “OASC” to many images of artworks in its collection, and posted this on its website elucidating its open-access scholarly content initiative. So far it looks like all the images are still sub-publication quality (72dpi), at least for now.

14.) Art book in the public domain: The catalogue for Phyllida Barlow’s Tate commission.

Robert Olsen, no title, 2007.

Craft beer Friday: Peekskill Eastern Standard

Peekskill Eastern Standard IPA: On draft. Faint aroma of citrus. No lacing or bubbles. Flavors of orange backed by mild chocolate malts. Some pleasant bittering on the finish. Nice, crisp, warm-weather IPA!

ABV: 6.7%.

My rating: 3.6.

RateBeer rating: 98 overall, 98 for style, weighted average of 3.71.

Brewery: Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY.