John and Craig discuss how you create a fictional universe for your story, and the limits of how much can fit on the page. From location to language to wardrobe, choosing which details to make explicit is a crucial early decision. Too little detail and the reader doesn’t know how your story is special; too much detail and the story gets lost.
1.) Must-read review: Roberta Smith in the New York Times on Paul Gauguin at MoMA. 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of three): Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times on Robert Heinecken in New York and not (yet) in Los Angeles. David Pagel in the LAT on Walead Beshty. Philip Kennicott in the Washington Post on the Phillips Collection’s [...]
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights conceptual photographer Robert Heinecken with Museum of Modern Art curator Eva Respini. Heinecken was a pioneer in using media to critique media, a practice that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have adapted for a television age. Heinecken rarely took his own photographs, instead using existing images and long-familiar photographic [...]
First up (naturally), Das Rheingold.
Every episode of Scriptnotes starts with the same five notes: Beginning with episode 98, every episode ends with a new listener-created outro, each one a variation on that same five-note theme. We’ve had some amazing outros, both because our listeners are geniuses and the basic melody is so adaptable. You can hear all of them […]
John has questions about the questions Craig answered on his Reddit AMA, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg as we answer six great listener questions.
Tomorrow the J. Paul Getty Museum will place Jackson Pollock’s great Mural (1943) on view. For the last 20 months the painting has been undergoing conservation at the Getty Conservation Institute. The painting — which measures nearly 20-feet-by-eight-feet — is in the collection of the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Mural is the first Pollock painting [...]
1.) Must-read review: Mark Lamster in the Dallas Morning News on Rice University’s planned demolition of ‘The Art Barn.’ 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of seven): Mark Stryker in the Detroit Free Press with a think-piece on the past and future of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Christopher Lyon in Hyperallergic on Doug Wheeler at New [...]
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 [...]
From Mike Richter's CD-ROM "El Anillo," here is radiant soprano Gré Brouwenstijn in the first act of Die Walküre as performed at the Teatro Colon in 1962.
John and Craig pay their respects to Harold Ramis with an episode devoted entirely to Groundhog Day.
1.) Must-read review: Christopher Knight in the LAT on “Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology,” at the Hammer Museum. 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of three): Philip Kennicott in the Washington Post on how the Corcoran is going away just as its mission becomes more critical than ever. Karen Wilkin in the Wall Street Journal [...]
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights “Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. It is the first overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the United States. It’s on view through September 1. My guest is Guggenheim curator Vivien Greene, who organized the show. Greene’s previous [...]
John and Craig look at the implicit contract made between screenwriters and readers -- and ultimately, movies and their audience. That's a natural introduction to our Three Page Challenge and the three new entries we look at this we...
1.) Must-read review: David Pagel in the Los Angeles Times on Oscar Murillo. 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of eight): Karen Rosenberg in the NYT on Laure Prouvost at the New Museum. Robin Cembalest in ARTNews on how artists have turned art historical data into art. Jessie Wender in The New Yorker on photographers’ self-portraits. Seven artists [...]
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast will spotlight the re-discovery of a devotional painting by Spanish master Bartolome Esteban Murillo. The painting is The Infant St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness (ca. 1670, below right). For the last eight decades or so, the painting has been on view in a corner of a living room [...]
A particularly delectable treat from the Mike Richter trove: Wolfgang Sawallisch conducts a 1985 performance of Arabella at the Bayerische Staatsoper, featuring Lucia Popp and Wolfgang Brendel. Strauss: Arabella München – 9 January...Show More Summary
Craig and John get in your head to talk procrastination, pageorexia and generalized anxiety. They also move beyond the psychopathology to discuss all the changes in the industry, from cable mergers to lawsuits to disruptive technologies. You’re not as paranoid as you think you are.
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 [...]
For your racionative pleasure, cher public, here's an epistolary quiz in honor of the Met's new production of Werther: 13 artists share Charlotte's "Ces lettres! Ces lettres!" scena from Massenet's opera.