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The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Jonathan Lasker

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features New York-based painters Jonathan Lasker and Shirley Kaneda.

Both Lasker and Kaneda are featured in the exhibition “Conceptual Abstraction” at the Hunter College Art Galleries in New York. The exhibition takes as its jumping-off point a 1991 show of the same title at Sidney Janis Gallery, a show that aimed to introduce a new generation of abstract painters to New York. The show at Hunter reunites the same 20 painters and includes one work from around 1991 with one recent painting. The show was organized by Pepe Karmel and Joachim Pissarro and will remain on view through November 10th. (Painter Valerie Jaudon has posted the catalogue for the exhibition on her website.)

Lasker exhibits regularly in the United States in Europe and in 1999 curator David Moos organized a survey of his work titled “Selective Identity.” Lasker’s work is in the collection of numerous museums including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ludwig and the Whitney.

Among the topics Lasker and I discuss are:

  • How he makes and utilizes the frosting-like, heavily impastoed sections of his paintings;
  • His career-long interest in the primary colors;
  • How Lasker uses a traditional process to make paintings that he says don’t “quote art history”; and
  • Why he thinks of himself as a painter who composes in three dimensions, not two.

During our conversation I referenced this 2007 interview Lasker did with John Yau.

On the second segment, Shirley Kaneda talks about the tension between flatness and depth in her work, a tension that has increased in recent years. Kaneda also lives in New York. She’s had over 20 solo shows all over the world. In addition to her painting practice, she is a professor at the Pratt Institute and regularly interviews artists for Bomb Magazine. Don’t miss her Q&As with Charline von Heyl, Robert Mangold, Fabian Marcaccio and Philip Taaffe. (Or with Jonathan Lasker!)

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

Jonathan Lasker, An Image of the Self, 2009.

Jonathan Lasker, An Image of the Self (detail), 2009.

Jonathan Lasker, The Inability to Sublimate, 2009.

Jonathan Lasker, Love Light and Dark, 2009.

Jonathan Lasker, Born Yesterday, 1989.

Installation view of Corcoran Gallery of Art. At left: Jonathan Lasker, The Realm of the Quaint, 1988. Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington.

Shirley Kaneda, The Distorted Gaze of Desire, 1991.

Shirley Kaneda, Plumb Askew, 2011.

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  1. […] week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features two veterans of abstract painting: Jonathan Lasker and Shirley Kaneda. They’re part of the exhibition “Conceptual Abstraction” at the Hunter College Art […]

  2. Phil Mellen says:

    Wonderful episode! Lovers of Shirley Kaneda should look up Philadelphia painter Charles Burwell.

  3. John Newberry says:

    Lydia Dona and Lasker’s work still looks fresh and vital after all these years. Maybe better than ever. Nozkowski and Reed look tired and spent in comparison.

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