This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features James Rondeau, the head of the contemporary art department at the Art Institute of Chicago, talking about his new Roy Lichtenstein retrospective. Rondeau co-organized the exhibition with Sheena Wagstaff, the head of modern and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The exhibition is the first career-length survey of Lichtenstein’s art and the first retrospective of the artist in 18 years. Currently in member previews, the show opens at the AIC on May 22 before traveling to the National Gallery of Art, the Tate Modern and to the Centre Pompidou. The exhibition catalogue is published by Yale University Press.
Rondeau’s previous exhibitions include “Jasper Johns: Gray” and “Cy Twombly: The Natural World: Selected Works 2000-2007.” Rondeau and I discuss:
- Why now was a good time for a Lichtenstein retrospective;
- Lichtenstein’s mining of art history and why he chose the subjects and art historical examples he chose;
- Major works such as Brushstroke and Spatter and Mustard on White; and
- What artists today have most mined Lichtenstein.
In the second segment, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art curator Keith Davis tells us about “Timothy H. O’Sullivan: The King Survey Photographs,” which is on view in Kansas City through September 2. The exhibition is accompanied by a fantastic Yale University Press-published catalogue, a must-own for lovers of both American art and photography.
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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. This week’s show was edited by Wilson Butterworth. For images of the works discussed on this week’s show, click through to the jump.