This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Museum of Modern Art curator Leah Dickerman and her new exhibition, “Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925: How a Radical Idea Changed Modern Art.”
The show excavates the origins of abstraction — both in Europe and in America — and tells the story of how networks between artists and a new age of communication and inter-disciplinary practice and awareness helped fuel experimentation.
Dickerman is one of America’s top curators of modern art. Her “Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris” (2006) was one of the most important exhibitions of recent decades. Most recently she organized “Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art” (2011), which she also discussed here on The MAN Podcast.
Among the topics Dickerman and I discuss are:
- Why her story and exhibition starts with Kandinsky,
- How developments in music impacted Kandinsky and abstraction;
- Why text and words written about painting were so important to the movement; and
- The centrality of Guillaume Apollinaire to abstraction.
On the second segment, Whitney Museum of American Art curator Dana Miller talks about her new exhibition: the first major retrospective of Jay DeFeo. The exhibition is on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through February 3, 2013.
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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.