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The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Joyce Pensato

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Joyce Pensato. The Santa Monica Museum of Art is currently showing “I Killed Kenny,” a survey of Pensato’s work. Curated by Jeffrey Uslip, the exhibition will be on view through August 17.

This is Pensato’s first solo museum show. She’s been the focus of a three-person show at the Saint Louis Art Museum (with Mike Kelley and Raymond Pettibon), at the Wexner Center for the Arts and more. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA, the Hammer Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art, among others.

Topics Pensato and I discussed included:

  • Her father’s work as a printmaker and how it impacted her;
  • Her use of enamel;
  • Her interest in Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning; and
  • Why she keeps stuffed animals of characters such as Homer Simpson in her studio.

On the second segment, Alexander Dumbadze discusses the life of Bas Jan Ader and his new book, “Bas Jan Ader: Death is Elsewhere.” It was published by the University of Chicago Press. It is the most significant book on Ader’s life and work published to date. Dumbadze teaches art history at The George Washington University in Washington.

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast via iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or RSS. Stream the program at MANPodcast.com.

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 images and links to video of artworks discussed on this week’s show, please click through to the jump.

Joyce Pensato, You’re Just the One I’ve Been Waiting For, 2012.

Joyce Pensato, Punk Homer, 2012.

Joyce Pensato, Untitled (Mickey), 1995.

Joyce Pensato, 2012 Batman, 2012.

Joyce Pensato, Silver Batman II, 2012.

Joyce Pensato, Evil Stan, 2007.

Joyce Pensato, Batman Chair I, 1976.

This single video from Ubu offers six Jas Ban Ader videos: Fall 1 (Los Angeles 1970), Fall II (Amsterdam 1970), I’m Too Sad To Tell You (1971), Broken Fall (Geometric) [West Kapelle - Holland], Broken Fall (Organic) [Amsterdamse Bos - Holland], and Nightfall.

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