This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Josiah McElheny. A survey of McElheny’s work is on view through October 14 at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Titled “Some Pictures of the Infinite,” it was curated by Helen Molesworth.
McElheny was the recipient of a 2006 MacArthur ‘genius’ fellowship. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at the Museum of Modern Art. During a 2005 fellowship at the Wexner Center for the Arts, McElheny collaborated with Ohio State University professor David Weinberg, a process which resulted in An End to Modernity (2005, detail above), which is now in the collection of the Tate. The fantastic Wexner publication that chronicled the residency and the resulting work is available for free as a PDF.
On the second segment of the show I talk with Kansas City-based artist A. Bitterman, who is currently in residence at Indy Island, Andrea Zittel’s live-in sculpture in the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 100 Acres sculpture park. His project there is titled “Indigenous: Out of the Wild with A. Bitterman” and has a fantastic website.
WikiProject Public Art Featured in MMCA Newsletter
I’m always happy to be talking about WikiProject Public Art. This time I discuss how it might be applied to help document contemporary public artworks in the International Council of Museum’s (ICOM) Modern Materials Working Group Newsletter. Download the newsletter here.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast is all about Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series, which is surveyed in a major exhibition that opens this weekend at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. First, exhibition curator Sarah Bancroft talks about how the work came to be and what makes it great; next, conservator Ana Alba discusses her new research into the Ocean Park series — and why some of the paintings from certain parts of the series are having condition issues.
Bancroft is a curator at the Orange County Museum of Art, where the exhibition was shown this spring. (The show was co-organized by the Modern Art Museum Fort Worth, where it debuted last fall. I reviewed the MAMFW presentation here.) Previously she was a curator of the OCMA’s 2010 California Biennial, and the co-curator (with Walter Hopps) of the Guggenheim’s 2003 James Rosenquist retrospective.
Alba is a conservation fellow in modern paintings at the National Gallery of Art. She started her work on Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park paintings while at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden when she was a paintings conservation intern. In May she presented her research on the Ocean Park series at the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works’s annual conference in Albuquerque.
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Image: Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #38, 1971. Collection of The Phillips Collection, Washington.