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The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Erwin Redl

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Erwin Redl. The Toledo Museum of Art is exhibiting Redl’s newest work, Floating, In Silence (2013) in its SANAA-designed Glass Pavilion. Redl developed Floating, In Silence as a resident artist in the TMA’s Guest Artist Pavilion Project. It is the first work he’s made that does not include his trademark use of LEDs. While the work is installed out of doors and as a result there is no set close-of-exhibition date, it should be on view through next summer.

Redl was born in Austria, came to the United States on a Fulbright and now lives and works in Bowling Green, Ohio. He’s exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, including at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, in the Whitney Biennial, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, where he was in residence in 2003. Thorough documentation of Redl’s work is available on his website.

Among the topics Redl and I discsussed were:

  • How he worked through using glass after having spent years using LEDs;
  • Why using grid-based strategies continue to interest him;
  • How Fred Sandback’s work — and especially a 1996-98 exhibition at Dia — has motivated him; and
  • His transformation of Peter Eisenman’s Wexner Center for the Arts into a kind of light sculpture.

On the second segment, art historian John Marciari discusses “Francesco Vanni: Art in Late Renaissance Sienna,” which is on view at the Yale University Art Gallery through January 5, 2014 . Marciari co-curated the exhibition with YUAG’s Suzanne Boorsch. “Vanni” is accompanied by an excellent catalogue published by the Yale University Press. Vanni was Siena’s most important artist at the turn of the 17th century and a key figure in Counter-Reformation painting. This is the first monographic Vanni exhibition. It was motivated by YUAG’s 2003 acquisition of a major Vanni, The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, known as the Madonna della Pappa (ca. 1599).

As Marciari and I discuss, Vanni’s work is closely related to the painting of Federico Barocci, who happens to be the subject of the last major American monographic Old Master exhibition. The St. Louis Art Museum presented “Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master” in 2012 and the exhibition traveled to London’s National Gallery earlier this year. “Barocci” curator Judith Mann discussed her exhibition on Episode No. 59 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. The Mann/Barocci segment begins at 45:00, and is marked in the file here.

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or via 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. Special thanks this week to Gary Garrels, Franklin Sirmans and to Anna Brooke and the team at the Hirshhorn library.

For images of art discussed on this week’s show, please click through to the jump.

Erwin Redl, Floating, In Silence, 2013.

Erwin Redl, 16 Cubes I, 2009.

Erwin Redl, Fetch, 2010.

Erwin Redl, Matrix II, 2000-2011.

Erwin Redl, Matrix VI, 2002.

Erwin Redl, Matrix, 2002. Installed in the Ice Plant at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas.

Francesco Vanni, The Rest on the Flight to Egypt, known as the Madonna della Pappa, ca. 1599. Collection of the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Francesco Vanni, Compositional Study for Saint Ansanus Baptizing the People of Siena, 1593–96. Collection of the Worcester (Mass.) Art Museum.

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