This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Shirin Neshat. The Detroit Institute of Arts debuts a mid-career survey of Neshat’s work on Sunday, April 7. The exhibition, organized by curator Rebecca R. Hart, remains on view through July 7. The museum has published this catalogue in conjunction with the show.
Neshat is one of the most prominent Iranians living in the West. Neshat has been the subject of major survey exhibitions at museums in Spain, Germany, England, Italy, Mexico, Canada and the United States. Among many other honors, she won the Silver Lion at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival for “Women Without Men” and the First International Award at the 1999 Venice Biennale. She was a guest on Episode No. 11 of The MAN Podcast when she debuted her “The Book of Kings” series of photographs at New York’s Barbara Gladstone Gallery.
Subjects we discuss include:
- The recurrence of motifs in her work, such as how the ‘negative’ protagonists always wear white while the sympathetic characters always wear black;
- Why Neshat participates in so many monographic museum exhibitions;
- The way in which certain actors recur in her work; and
- The role of architecture in her work.
On the second segment, artist Kelly Richardson discusses the mid-career survey of her work that’s at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo through June 9. Titled “Legion,” the exhibition was organized by Alistair Robinson for the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, England. The Albright is the exhibition’s only U.S. stop. The show is accompanied by a catalogue titled “Kelly Richardson: The Last Frontier.” More information on Richardson and her work is available on her website. Extended clips from several of her works are available on Vimeo, including The Erudition, Mariner 9 (still detail at right), Leviathan and Twilight Avenger.
The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license.
For links images of artworks discussed on this week’s show, please click through to the jump.
Shirin Neshat, Unveiling from the series “Women of Allah,” 1993. Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Shirin Neshat, Passage Series, 2001. Passage is in the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Shirin Neshat, Turbulent (still), 1998. Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Shirin Neshat, Tooba (still), 2002. Collection of the Seattle Art Museum.
Kelly Richardson, Mariner 9 (installed), 2012.