This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features painters Thomas Nozkowski. An exhibition of new Nozkowski paintings and drawings opens at two of Pace Gallery’s Chelsea locations tomorrow. The shows will remain on view through March 23.
Nozkowski is one of America’s most admired painters. His work is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MFA Boston, the Museum of Modern Art, The Phillips Collection, the Yale University Art Gallery and more. In 2009 the National Gallery of Canada presented a major survey of his work.
Among the topics Nozkowski and I discuss are:
- Nozkowski’s observation that after 40 years of painting he knows how to ‘make a Nozkowski’ and how he fights against that;
- Why walking in the woods around his Hudson River valley home is important to him;
- Why Nozkowski regularly mentions Song Dynasty painting as an ideal; and
- His love for Pierre Bonnard’s work.
While talking with Nozkowski I referenced several videos including Casimir Nozkowski’s “Thomas Nozkowski Takes a Hike,” and Gorky’s Granddaughter’s 2012 Nozkowski studio visit, as well as this MAN write-up on the Albright-Knox’s then-just-acquired Nozkowski. Among the Q&As I mentioned during our interview was this Nozkowski-John Yau conversation.
On the second segment, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art senior curator Colin Mackenzie discusses his new exhibition “Journey through Mountains and Rivers: Chinese Landscapes Ancient and Modern.” It’s up through April 28. The Nelson-Atkins has one of the world’s greatest collections of Chinese landscape painting, and the exhibition will feature many works from the Song and Yuan Dynaties (the 10th-14th centuries). The fragile paintings are only on view once every ten years. Among the greatest works of Chinese art that are in both the Nelson’s collection and the exhibition are Solitary Temple Amid Clearing Peaks, which is believed to be one of just two surviving paintings by Li Cheng, Fishermen on a Mountain Stream by Xu Daoning and Illustration to the Second Prose Poem on the Red Cliff, likely by Qiao Zhongchang. Accompanying the installation will be a major work by contemporary Chinese painter Xu Longsen: The Law of the Dao is its Being What it Is (2002-08). I’ll have images of the show in tomorrow’s “Friday exhibition” post. [Image: Attributed to Li Cheng, A Solitary Temple Amid Clearing Peaks (section), Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127). Collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.]
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For links images of artworks discussed on this week’s show, please click through to the jump.