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The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Mitch Epstein

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Mitch Epstein.

Epstein is one of America’s most prominent and most honored photographers. His work is in the collection of virtually every major museum in the world and has been exhibited recently at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris and at the Kunstmuseum Bonn. He was the winner of the 2011 Prix Pictet for his series “American Power,” and he was awarded the 2008 Berlin Prize in Arts and Letters by the American Academy in Berlin. His most recent work, an examination of the trees of New York City, is on view now at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in Chelsea. (The gallery has an unusually good website: Click-through to see large images of all the works in the show, plus installation shots.)

Epstein and I discuss:

  • After spending several years traveling to make “American Power” and to work in Berlin, why he chose to focus on trees in his own city;
  • The unexpected, often disjunctive relationships he noticed between trees and the neighborhoods in which he found them;
  • How trees began to interest him as he was working on “American Power”;
  • The trees of “American Power”; and
  • How the history of trees in photography motivated his new work. [Image: Epstein, Eastern Cottonwood Tree, Staten Island II 2011, 2011.]

On the second segment of this week’s show, Denver Art Museum curator Eric Paddock and I discuss work by Epstein’s teacher, Garry Winogrand. Fifty photographs from Winogrand’s “Women are Beautiful” series are on view now at the Denver Art Museum.

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The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. It is released under this Creative Commons license. For images of the works discussed on this week’s show, click through to the jump.

Mitch Epstein, American Elm, Central Park, New York, 2011, 2011.

Mitch Epstein, American Elm, Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 2012, 2012.

Mitch Epstein, Cypress, Northern Boulevard, Queens, 2011, 2011.

Mitch Epstein, American Elm, Central Park, New York, 2012, 2012.

Mitch Epstein, Tulip Tree, Alley Ponds Park, Queens, 2011, 2011.

Mitch Epstein, Weeping Beech, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, 2011, 2011.

Mitch Epstein, Amos Power Plant, Raymond, West Virginia, from the series “American Power,” 2004.

Mitch Epstein, BP Carson Refinery, California from the series “American Power,” 2007.

Mitch Epstein, Chalmette Oil Refinery, Louisiana from “American Power,” 2007.

Robert Adams, Cape Blanco State Park, Oregon, from the series “Turning Back”, 1999-2003.

Carleton Watkins, Yucca Draconis, Mojave Desert, ca. 1880.

Garry Winogrand, Woman with String, 1975.

Garry Winogrand, Woman with Teardrop Earring, 1975.

Garry Winogrand, Woman Carrying Bags, 1975.

Garry Winogrand, Woman Eating a Pretzel, 1981.

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  2. [...] their weekly Modern Art Notes Podcast, ArtInfo‘s Tyler Green talks to Mitch Epstein, who he calls “one of America’s most prominent and most honored [...]

  3. [...] Beautiful” series. Download the program, subscribe via iTunes, subscribe via RSS and/or view images of art discussed on the show. « Friday exhib: “Women are Beautiful” in Denver Blog Home Weekend [...]

  4. [...] thought of Epstein’s Amos Power Plant, Raymond, West Virginia. [Above.] As I told Epstein on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, I think it’s one of the best pictures of the last decade. Epstein and I talked through many [...]

  5. [...] (Aperture 2005).In their weekly Modern Art Notes Podcast, ArtInfo‘s Tyler Green talks to Mitch Epstein, who he calls “one of America’s most prominent and most honored [...]

  6. [...] One place you won’t find them — at least more than two or three of them — is in Leo Rubinfien’s Winogrand retrospective, which is at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through June 2. After the show leaves SFMOMA it will travel to the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jeu de Paume and to the Foundacion MAPFRE. It’s something I asked Rubinfien about when he was a guest on Episode No. 70 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. And I’m not the only one to lock in on that question: Take a look at what Nick Shere had to say here. And Denver Art Museum curator Eric Paddock exhibited the photographs in 2012 and we discussed them here. [...]

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