1.) Must-read critical take: Ed Schad in the Brooklyn Rail on how the joy of looking > the ‘joy’ of theory.
2.) Critical thoughts (edition of four): Jason Farago in BBC Culture on how love is making a comeback in contemporary art. Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times on the many threads that come together in the Hammer’s “Tea and Morphine.” Karen Rosenberg in the New York Times on Forest Bess at the Neuberger.
4.) Journalism (edition of four): Johannah King-Slutzky in The Awl on the art you see on television programs. Jen Graves in The Stranger on Gary Hill dropping a glass bomb. Jane Ure-Smith in the Financial Times with Jeff Wall. Rebecca Robertson in ARTnews on how contemporary photographers use expired materials. [Image at top: Gary Hill, Untitled (Fat Man & Little Boy) (detail), 2014. Image at right: Matthew Brandt, Grays Lake, ID 7, 2013.]
5.) Museum feature (print): Getty curators pick the best art movies ever made (and a few of the worst.)
6.) Museum feature (audio/visual): Distance athlete Diana Nyad and artist Catherine Opie in conversation at the Hammer Museum. One of Opie’s photographs of Nyad was used to illustrate Ariel Levy’s profile of Nyad in a recent New Yorker. Notes on the Nyad-Opie conversation from Casey Winkleman at VIA Publication.
8.) Twitter feed to follow: Mark B. Schlemmer, registrar at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
9.) Tumblr feed to follow: Caldergram, “geo-tagged Instagram photos taken near bright red public sculptures by Alexander Calder.”
10.) This week on The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Artist David Bates, who is the subject of a two-museum retrospective on view at the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Both shows are on view through May 11. The Nasher show features mostly sculptures, but also paintings and works on paper. The MAMFW show features Bates’ paintings. The program was taped in front of a live audience at MAMFW. How to listen: Download the show directly to your PC/mobile device. Listen on SoundCloud. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or via RSS.
11.) Other Modern Art Notes Podcast news: Past programs featuring artists in notable current exhibitions: Carrie Mae Weems (Guggenheim), Katharina Grosse (Public Art Fund at MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn). [Image below, right: Carrie Mae Weems, A Distant View from "The Louisiana Project," 2003.]
13.) Artwork in the public domain: Scene from the Shāhnāmah (Book of Kings), 16th century, Persian epic poetry. Farīdūn strikes down Ẓaḥḥāk in the palace in the presence of Jamshīd’s sisters. (IO Islamic 3540, f. 25r). Collection of The British Library, London. More information on the British Library’s Asian and African manuscript collections.
14.) Art book in the public domain: “Cezanne in the Studio: Still-Life in Watercolors,” by Carol Armstrong from Getty Publications.