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The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Catherine Yass

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Catherine Yass.

Her large-screen projection Lighthouse (2011) is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the exhibition “Fluid Motion.” The installation, which will remain on view through June, was curated by Al Miner. Later this year Lighthouse will go on view at the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna.

Yass’ exhibition credits include a 2011 mid-career retrospective at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, England and presentations at Washington’s Phillips Collection, the Stedelijk-Hertogenbosch Museum and the Saint Louis Art Museum. Her work is in the collections of the Tate, The Jewish Museum, New York, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, and the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. She was short-listed for the 2002 Turner Prize.

Among the topics Yass and I discuss are:

  • Why an ‘empty’ lighthouse off the south coast of England attracted her interest;
  • Her treatment and critique of modernist architectural optimism;
  • Whether her work slyly nods at modernist sculpture as well as architecture; and
  • Works such as Lock, Wall and Descent in which her critique of built environments may also involve sociopolitical criticisms.

Excerpts of Yass works are available at:

On the second segment, the program airs the fourth of its four segments on the Getty Conservation Institute’s work on Jackson Pollock’s landmark Mural (1943). The painting is in the collection of the University of Iowa Museum of Art. GCI conservator Laura Rivers updates us on the work done on the painting and what Getty scientists learned about the creation of the artwork.

With the conservation of Mural complete, it will be on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from March 11 through June 1. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue that details the conservation of the painting. Amazon lists it at $20.

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 Michael Brzezinski.

Click through to the jump to see more images of art discussed on this week’s program.


Catherine Yass, Lighthouse (stills of large-screen projection), 2011.

Catherine Yass, High Wire (still), 2008.

Catherine Yass, Lock (installation view), 2006.

Catherine Yass, Lock (stills), 2006.

Catherine Yass, Lock (columns), 2007. Ilfotrans transparency, light box.

Catherine Yass, Corridor Walk (still), 2002.

Catherine Yass, Wall (video stills), 2004.

Jackson Pollock, Mural (top: before GCI treatment; below: after GCI treatment), 1943. Collection of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City.

Jackson Pollock, Mural (detail, before GCI treatment), 1943. Collection of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City.

Jackson PollockMural (detail, before GCI treatment), 1943. Collection of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City.

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