[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 iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher 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.