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The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Sophie Calle

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Sophie Calle.

Calle’s work is featured in the new exhibition “The Progress of Love,” a three-venue collaborative project now on view at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, the Menil Collection in Houston and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos. The exhibition is now on view at all three venues. For closing dates at the various venues, see the exhibition website. The exhibition catalogue was published by the Yale University Press.

The Pulitzer’s section of the exhibition includes Calle’s Take Care of Yourself (2007), an installation that was first exhibited at the 2007 Venice Biennale. The piece documents how 107 women responded to a break-up letter Calle received from her lover via email. This is the first time Take Care of Yourself has been shown in an American museum.

In addition, Siglio Press has published Calle’s “The Address Book,” the first time the book has been published in its entirety in English. The artwork dates back to 1983 when it was published in Paris’ Liberation newspaper and consists of Calle’s documenting her experiences contacting the people in a lost address book she found on a Parisian street. Amazon offers the book for $20, a $10 discount.

On the program Calle and I discuss:

  • Her introduction to America as a hitchhiker then as a resident of tiny, out-of-the-way, intensely self-protective Bolinas, Calif.;
  • The ways in which Daniel Buren helped ‘loosen up’ Take Care of Yourself when he worked with Calle as the curator of the French Pavilion in which the work was first installed;
  • Calle’s Puckish sense of humor, which is wonderfully evident in this talk she gave last year in San Francisco; and
  • Her long-standing relationship with architect Frank Gehry and how they’ve helped each other’s careers.

On the second segment, Walters Art Museum curator Joaneath Spicer talks about her new show “Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe,” which is on view in Baltimore through Jan. 21, 2013. The exhibition documents the increasing presence of Africans in European art from around 1400 through the 16th century. The website the Walters has put together for the show is particularly good. The exhibition’s excellent catalogue is not available via the usual online sources; it’s $25 at the Walters’ own store.

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The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. It is edited by Wilson Butterworth. 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.

Sophie Calle. Take Care of Yourself: Opera Singer, Natalie Dessay, 2007.

Sophie Calle. Take Care of Yourself: Rifle Shooter, Sandy Morin, 2007.

Sophie Calle, “The Address Book,” Siglio Press.

Jacopo Pontormo, Portrait of Maria Salviati de’ Medici and Giulia de’ Medici, ca. 1539. Collection of the Walters Art Museum.

Gerard David and Workshop, Adoration of the Kings, ca. 1514. Collection of the Princeton University Art Museum.

Luis de Vargas, Preparations for the Crucifixion, mid-16th-century. Collection of the Philadelphia Art Museum.

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