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The MAN Podcast: Middlebrook, Anfam

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Jason Middlebrook and art historian David Anfam.

This summer MASS MoCA is presenting the exhibition “Jason Middlebrook: My Landscape.” Curated by Susan Cross, it will be on view through April 7, 2014. The show continues Middlebrook’s examination of the intersection between the man-built environment and nature, especially the incursion of one into what seems to be the domain of the other. The show includes a hanging, Fallingwater-recalling mobile made from discarded material and many of his painted planks, which juxtapose abstract natural forms against painted abstractions.

Middlebrook has received solo shows at Art House in Austin, the University Art Museum in Albany, NY, and the Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art in Ridgefiled, Conn. His work is in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the MCA Chicago, the MFA Boston, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Among the topics we discuss are:

  • The relationship between the ‘fountain’ at MASS MoCA, Alexander Calder and Frank Lloyd Wright;
  • Middlebrook’s interest in land art; and
  • How a piece Middlebrook did for the New York subway system (the Avenue U station on the Q line) is true to his interest on how nature tries to reclaim built enviornments.

On the second half of the show, art historian David Anfam returns to talk about “Memory, Myth and Magic,” his latest installation at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. It’s on view through September 29. According to the CSM, the exhibition “explores these currents of imagery and ideas that surge through Still’s figurative and abstract compositions.” As with pretty much every CSM show, it presents never-before-seen Stills, helping to give us a more complete idea of the artist’s oeuvre. [Image: Still, PH-444, 1942. Collection of the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver.]

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at 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 more images of artworks discussed on this week’s program, please click through to the jump.

Jason Middlebrook, Keep Digging, 2013.

Jason Middlebrook, Keep Digging (detail), 2013.

Jason Middlebrook, Once Again a Version of Nature Through My Eyes, 2011.

Jason Middlebrook, Falling Water, 2013.

Jason Middlebrook, installation at the MCA Chicago for “Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy,” 2010.

Jason Middlebrook, Brooklyn Seeds, 2009-2011.

Jason Middlebrook, The Great Horned Owl, 2006.

Jason Middlebrook, Double Negative, 1969-70, 2003.

Clyfford Still, PH-444, 1942. Collection of the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver.

Clyfford Still photograph. Collection of the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver.

Clyfford Still photograph. Collection of the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver.

Clyfford Still, PH-554, 1942. Collection of the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver.

Clyfford Still, 1941-42-C, 1942. Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo.

Clyfford Still, PS-3, 1938. Collection of the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver.

Clyfford Still, PS-2, 1943. Collection of the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver.

Clyfford Still, PH-615, 1927. Collection of the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver.

Clyfford Still, Row of Elevators, ca. 1928-29. Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington.

Clyfford Still, PP-236, 1968. Collection of the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver.

Clyfford Still, PP-232, 1968. Collection of the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver.

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  1. Zee says:

    What a treat to hear Tyler and David talk about Still. Thanks for the great supportive images. Enlightening and educational.

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