John and Craig tackle the bursting mailbag, answering listener questions on topics ranging from the variable length of the TV season to underachieving agents to embarrassing IMDb credits.
Big story: Michigan’s attorney general says that the Detroit Institute of Art’s art should stay where it is. (Perhaps for his next magic act he could banish all that ‘educational’ (and occasionally art historically iffy) text from the DIA’s galleries and undo the separation of African-American art from other art in the museum’s galleries?) Sebastian Smee [...]
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Joyce Pensato. The Santa Monica Museum of Art is currently showing “I Killed Kenny,” a survey of Pensato’s work. Curated by Jeffrey Uslip, the exhibition will be on view through August 17. This is Pensato’s first solo museum show. She’s been the focus of a three-person show at the [...]
John and Craig discuss the polarizing potentate of Deadline Hollywood Daily, then segue into what a healthy entertainment journalism ecosystem might look like.
Somehow I missed this last week, but the first review of the James Turrell trifecta is in: It’s from Christopher Knight. As first reported here, the Smithsonian effectively moved up outgoing Hirshhorn director Richard Koshalek’s resignation date and announced it will come at the end of this month. Show More Summary
Craig and John spend an entire episode discussing and dissecting 1989's THE LITTLE MERMAID, looking at both its structure and scene work.
Roberta Smith is always at her best on Donald Judd, including on the Judd Foundations renovation of Judd’s Spring Street property. (A Smith-penned Judd biography would rank high on the list of books I’d like to read.) However, Andy Bernheimer is correct in noting that Smith was negligent in failing to credit Architecture Resource Office’s [...]
Perhaps, you, cher public, will be crying out the above-mentioned phrase when you hear the most recent vocal collage prepared by our dear DeCaffarrelli.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Julie Mehretu. She is currently exhibiting new work at two venues: New York’s Marian Goodman Gallery (through June 22) and London’s White Cube (through July 7). Mehretu has received solo exhibitions at the Guggenheim, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Louisiana Museum in Denmark, the Museo de Arte [...]
by Chicago Artist Writers Chicago Artist Writers hosted a workshop with Lori Waxman at Gallery 400 on March 14, 2013. The following is an attempt to collect some of the many illuminating moments of her two-hour lecture and Q&A session. “Today I’m going to talk about a lot of forms of art criticism that don’t [...]
Sharon’s vegetarian taxidermy is the fabric-and-stuffing version of taxidermy animal trophies.
It's a week of pondering other people's opinions. First, Craig and John take a look at the Bechdel Test: is it a useful metric for screenwriters, or just meaningless checkbox-ticking?
This week’s Memorial Day weekend Modern Art Notes Podcast features a return visit from artist Tom Friedman and clips of Shirin Neshat and Lari Pittman. The Saint Louis Art Museum opens a new David Chipperfield-designed wing on June 29, and one of Friedman’s new works, Untitled (Seascape) (2012) graces the first gallery. The museum acquired the [...]
As promised, John and Craig answer a bunch of listener questions on everything except screenwriting, on topics ranging from sex to science to sushi.
In the Saint Louis Beacon, Bob Duffy likes the new David Chipperfield-designed galleries and the initial installation at the Saint Louis Art Museum’s new wing (at right), but found elements of the museum’s expansion plan disappointingly unambitious. (So apparently I’m not the only one thinking SLAM would benefit from more ambition.) The Plain-Dealer’s Steven Litt reports [...]
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Marianne Stockebrand, the curator of “Donald Judd: The Multicolored Works” and the former director of the Chinati Foundation. The program was taped before a live audience at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, where “The Multicolored Works” is on view through January 4. This is the first museum exhibition [...]
The Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations, originally designed by Danish architect Finn Juhl in 1952, reopened last month after a three-year renovation. “We all moan about the United Nations, but there was no supranational...Show More Summary
How you get from one scene to the next can be just as important as the scenes themselves. Craig and John talk techniques and tactics for making those cuts count.
Jeff Koons layers ancient sculptures and popular images, Charles Atlas collaborates with sound artists, Ai Wei Wei explores medical disaster in Hong Kong, and more.
Roberta Smith effectively Yelps a Walmart. And GalleristNY? If Smith is Yelping an art fair, GalleristNY takes the Tiger Beat approach. … which has the sad effect of hiding actual substance, such as Andrew Russeth’s strong profile of Eric Fischl. …and if you’d rather read about art, ideas, content and execution, I strongly recommend Holland Cotter on Matthew [...]