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The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Robert Bechtle

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Robert Bechtle.

Bechtle’s work is featured in “Still Life: 1970s Photorealism” at the Yale University Art Gallery. The exhibition, which is drawn from YUAG’s collection, was curated by Cathleen Chaffee and will be on view through March 9. It also includes work by Robert Cottingham, Ralph Goings, Duane Hanson, Malcolm Morley, Gerhard Richter, and John Salt. Bechtle is also exhibiting new paintings and drawings at New York’s Gladstone Gallery through February 22.

In 2005 Bechtle was the subject of a San Francisco Museum of Modern Art-organized retrospective that traveled to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and to the Corcoran Gallery of Art. His work is in numerous museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Among the topics we discuss:

  • Why residential neighborhoods interest him while other neighborhoods, such as downtown areas, do not;
  • The attraction of painting stucco, a ubiquitous Northern Californian building material;
  • Why Bechtle chooses the particular daylight he chooses; and
  • How San Francisco’s steep hills impact his paintings.

On the program I mention Bechtle’s two oral histories at the Archives of American Art. The first was with Paul Karlstrom from 1978-80. The second was conducted by Judith Olch Richards in 2010.

On the second segment, Alison de Lima Greene talks about Georges Braque: A Retrospective,” which opens at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston on Feb. 13. The MFAH is the only American venue for the exhibition, which debuted at the Grand Palais in Paris. It will be on view in Houston through May 11. This is only the second comprehensive Braque retrospective shown in the US since 1950. (The Guggenheim presented a Braque survey in 1988.)

de Lima Green installed ‘Braque’ at the MFAH, where she is curator of contemporary art and  special projects. Among the exhibitions she has organized are “Czech Modernism: 1900-1945,” “Twentieth-Century American Sculpture at the White House,” and “Kenneth Noland: The Nature of Color.” [Image: Braque, The Duet, 1937.]

How to listen: Download the show directly to your PC/mobile device. Listen on SoundCloud. 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 to Janet Bishop.

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

Robert Bechtle, Nancy Sitting, 1964.

Robert Bechtle, Cookie Jar, 1964.

Robert Bechtle, French Doors II, 1966. Collection of the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento.

Robert Bechtle, ‘64 Valiant, 1971. Collection of Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Robert Bechtle, Nova ‘68, 1972. Collection of Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Robert Bechtle, ‘63 Bel Air, 1973. Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Robert Bechtle, Alameda Gran Torino, 1974. Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Robert Bechtle, Watsonville Patio, 1977.

Robert Bechtle, Watsonville Olympia, 1977. Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Robert Bechtle, Frisco Nova, 1979. Collection of the City and County of San Francisco.

Robert Bechtle, Sacramento Montego, 1980. Collection of Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Robert Bechtle, Sunset Intersection — 40th and Vicente, 1989.

Ambrogio Lorenzetti, The Allegory of Good and Bad Government (detail of Allegory of Bad Government), 1338-39.

Robert Bechtle, Potrero Table, 1994.

Robert Bechtle, Twentieth and Texas, 1995.

Robert Bechtle, Texas and 20th Intersection, 2004. Published by Crown Point Press.

Robert Bechtle, Malibu 4906, 2013.

Georges Braque, Le Canal Saint-Martin, Paris, 1906. Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Georges Braque, The Duet, 1937.

Georges Braque, The Billiard Table, 1945. Collection of Tate, London.

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  1. [...] 11.) This week on The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Robert Bechtle, who is showing new work at New York’s Gladstone Gallery and who is featured in “Still Life: 1970s Photorealism” at the Yale University Art Gallery; MFAH curator Alison de Lima Greene on “Georges Braque: A Retrospective,” which opens this week. How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Listen on SoundCloud. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, or via RSS. See images of art discussed on this week’s program. [...]

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