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30 Americans

Episode 52: Brooke talks with Rock Hushka, chief curator of the Tacoma Art Museum about the 30 Americans exhibition which runs until this Sunday, January 15, 2017.  The critically acclaimed showcase of influential African-American artists who have have emerged as leading contributors to the contemporary art scene in the United States was put together nearly a decade ago, but is making its West Coast debut at the TAM.  Eight of the thirty artists featured have strong Pacific Northwest connections, and the TAM has several programs related to the exhibition to involve the community in the discussion.

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Featured Image:  Glenn Ligon, America, 2008. Neon sign and paint, ed. of 1 plus AP, 24 × 168 inches. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection. A group of 30 Americans artists, left to right: Rashid Johnson, Nick Cave, Kalup Linzy, Jeff Sonhouse, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, Barkley L. Hendricks, Hank Willis Thomas (front row), Xaviera Simmons, Purvis Young, John Bankston, Nina Chanel Abney, Henry Taylor, Mickalene Thomas (front row), Kerry James Marshall, and Shinique Smith.
Photo credit: Kwaku Alston, 2008.

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Kara Walker Camptown Ladies, 1998 Paper, 8 × 55 feet Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection

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Jean-Michel Basquiat Bird On Money, 1981 Acrylic and oil on canvas
66 × 90 inches Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection

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Glenn Ligon America, 2008 Neon sign and paint, ed. of 1 plus AP 24 × 168 inches Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection

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Rashid Johnson The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Thurgood), 2008 Lambda print, ed. 2/5 69 × 55½ inches Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection

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Hank Willis Thomas Who Can Say No to a Gorgeous Brunette? from the Unbranded series, 1970/2007 Digital C-print Edition 1 of 5 31⅛ × 30 inches Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection

The Healing Power of Art

Episode 51: Brooke talks with Nancy Marshburn on-site about her Healing Power of Art series which are part of the Harvest exhibition at the Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina. Marshburn uses her 20 year experience as a medical artist to combine art and science and anatomy and beauty.

Art has the power to heal.  It evokes an emotional response, and emotions have an effect on the body’s physiological responses.  Medical studies document the favorable therapeutic impact of visual arts:  Looking at art can change brain wave patterns, the autoimmune response and neurotransmitters that shift the body from stress to relaxation.  It also can modulate attitudes from fear to acceptance, from negativity to hope. Excerpt from Harvest exhibition press release   from Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery.

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 Re-Pear, Pastel, 14″ x 10″

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Lemon-Aid, Pastel, 12″ x 9″

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Artichoke Heart-beat, Pastel, 9″ x 12″

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A Stent in Time Saves Fine, Oil, 9″ x 12″

Featured Image:  Transplant  Pastel, 11″ x 14

 

All images used with permission.

 

FiFi & LuLu Designs (50th Episode)

Episode  50 : In a special 50th episode Brooke talks talk to her long-time friend Luann Schwall, who actualized her dream of being an artist after establishing a career as a therapist. Check out her designs at http://www.fifiandluludesigns.

(Editor’s Note:  This episode was recorded several months ago, and we have a large number of interviews that are back-logged several weeks.  All apologies to our listeners and interviewees.  We have been overwhelmed with the positive responses and the amount of downloads and page views.  I have been doing my best to make Brooke’s podcast the best it can be.  Thank you for your patience and for making Let’s Talk Art With Brooke possible.)

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Featured Image:  Lulu S.:  Fourth of July Doll

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Rosetta DeBerardinis

Episode 51:  Brooke talks with accomplished visual artist Rosetta DeBerardinis about her art, her inspiration, her process and about her experience as an artist.  DeBerardinis is a New Yorker who now has a full-time studio practice in Washington, D.C., just a short walk away from Capitol Hill.  Her large abstract paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, commercial galleries and art venues and included in both public and private collections.  She has won awards from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities and has been featured in The GuardianThe Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch and other publications.

Before embarking on a career as a full-time artist DeBerardinis was a corporate attorney, a playwright, a writer and editor with numerous by-lines, as well as a competitive fencer who trained with the U.S. Olympic Team.  She also happens to be a lively and insightful conversationalist.

To learn more DeBerardinis and her art please visit her website at rosettadeberardinis.com.

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Mel Ramos at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery

Episode 49:  Brooke talks with Louis K. Meisel of Bernarducci Meisel Gallery  at  37 East 57 at 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Since 2000 Bernarducci Meisel has exhibited the work of the iconic masters of  Pop Art and Photo Realism alongside that of up and coming artists.

Meisel tells Brooke about the origins of the Pop Art movement, his personal history and how he came to be involved in the visual arts.

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Art and Stories from Mughal India

Episode 47:  In the first half of the 15th Century (CE) Zahirrudin  Muhammad Barbur led his armies from Central Asia to decisive victories in battles at Panipat, Khanwa, and Ghagra on the Indian Sub-Continent.  Through these victories Barbur, who claimed a maternal descent from Genghis Khan and paternal descent through the Turco-Mongol conqueror Timur, established the foundation of the Mughal Empire, which would dominate large portions of present-day India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan for the next three-hundred years.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is presenting Art and Stories from Mughal India through October 23, 2016.  This exhibition presents works of art from this thoroughly fascinating historical era.  Brooke talks with Sonya Rhie Quintanilla, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art about this world-class exhibition.  Their conversation provides glimpses into the artistic expression of an empire that created the Taj Mahal, among countless other gifts to world culture, and which closely examined and attempted to reconcile Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and other religious traditions.

An excellent app dedicated to the exhibition is available on the App Store on Apple devices.  Search CMA Mughal in order to download a tour, a hundred images from the exhibition and an audio glossary.

Image 6. 2013.332_detailThe dream of Zulaykha, from the Amber Album, about 1670. Mughal India.  Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; 32 x 24.4 cm (page); 21.9 x 15.4 cm (painting).
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection, 2013.332 (recto)

 

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Women enjoying the river at the forest’s edge, about 1765. Mughal India, Murshidabad or Lucknow. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; 33.1 x 24.9 cm (page); 30.5 x 22.2 cm (painting). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection , 2013.351 (recto)
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Nur Jahan holding a portrait of Emperor Jahangir, about 1627; borders added 1800s. Mughal India. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; 30 x 22.1 cm (page); 13.6 x 6.4 cm (painting). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection, 2013.325 (recto).
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Layla and Majnun in the wilderness with animals, from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khusrau Dihlavi (Indian, 1253–1325), about 1590–1600. Attributed to Sanwalah (Indian, active about 1580–1600). Mughal India, made for Akbar (reigned 1556–1605). Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper; 24.9 x 16.8 cm (page); 18.6 x 16.2 cm (painting). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection, 2013.301 (recto).
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Posthumous portrait of the Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah (r. 1719–48)holding a falcon, 1764. Muhammad Rizavi Hindi (Indian, active mid-1700s). Mughal India, probably Lucknow. Opaque watercolor with gold on paper; 28 x 23.8 cm (page); 14.4 x 10.3 cm (painting).The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift in honor of Madeline NevesClapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection,2013.347 (recto)
Clockwise: Pierced railing, about 1655. Mughal India. Marble; 33.5 x 64 x 5.5 cm. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch, 2009.202.67. Image© President and Fellows of Harvard College
 Architectural panel, 1700s or early 1800s. Mughal India. Marble inlaid with variegated semiprecious stones; 46.4 x 24.4 x 7.5 cm. The Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Gary Smith, 86.189.4
 Ring, 1700s–1800s. India. Gold, enamel, and chased stones; diam. 2.3 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Edward L.Whittemore Fund ,1944.68
 Hookah bowl, about 1700. Mughal India. Gold on blue glass; h. 19.8 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cornelia Blakemore Warner Fund, 1961.44.
 Wine cup in the shape of a turban gourd, 1625–50. Mughal India. Nephrite. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60J485. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Featured Image: The Annunciation, from a Mir’at al-quds (Mirror of Holiness) of Father Jerome Xavier (Spanish, 1549–1617), 1602–4. Mughal India, Allahabad, made for Prince Salim (1569–1627). Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper; 26.2 x 15.4 cm (page); 20.6 x 10.2 cm (painting). The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund, 2005.145.2.

 

 

Psychic Compound

Episode 46:  The C24 Gallery in New York City is featuring the creations of London artist Nick Gentry in an exhibition entitled Psychic Compound, which will run through September 2, 2016.  Gentry incorporates found objects such as film negatives, VHS tapes, X-rays, and floppy discs into his paintings; paintings that are not only striking portraiture but also thought provoking insight into the ever accelerating speed of technological innovation and obsolescence.

Brooke talked with Gentry and exhibition curator  Michelle Maigret about Psychic Compound, the inspiration for and influences on Gentry’s art, and about the arc of his career to this point.

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Lloyd Ney: Local Color

Episode 45:  The art of Lloyd Raymond “Bill” Ney (1893-1965) is far-ranging in terms of style, era, geography, subject and medium.  The Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is presenting Lloyd Ney: Local Color, a showcase of Ney’s works, through September 11, 2016.  Ney, a native of nearby New Hope, Pennsylvania, travelled throughout the United States and the world, and participated in a variety of artistic scenes.  He was an outspoken Modernist, notable for his ambition and the controversies which marked his career.

Brooke talked to Louise Feder, assistant curator of the Michener Art Museum, about the exhibition.  Feder wrote her master’s thesis on Ney and in this interview she provides context for the artist and his art.  She also credits Ney’s family for preserving many of his works and for helping to maintain his legacy.

Programming at the Michener Art Museum includes a Curator’s Conversation and Gallery Talk on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at 1 pm, and a Curator’s Lecture, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, also at 1 pm.

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Lloyd Raymond Ney (1893-1965), Untitled Series, New London, Ohio, ca. 1954, oil on canvas, James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest.

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Lloyd Raymond Ney (1893-1965), Untitled Series, New London, Ohio, ca. 1954,                   oil on canvas, James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest.

Featured Image:  Lloyd Raymond Ney (1893-1965), Mechanic Street, New Hope, ca. 1934, oil on canvas, H. 30 x W. 36 inches. James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest.

Exalted Position

Episode 44 : What is art?  What gives an image meaning?  Exalted Position, which will run at the Peter Blum Gallery in Manhattan until August 31, 2016, suggests that an object can rise above its material status into the realm of the spiritual or the symbolic.  The exhibition features new works by artists Graham Durward, Irina Rozovsky, and Roger White.  Through their works these three artists offer entry points into the possibility of gleaning transcendent meaning out of mundane and ordinary moments.

Brooke has a casual, free-form conversation with curator Vlad Smolkin about Exalted Position, his career, and the Peter Blum Gallery.  The interview ends with Brooke describing her current writing project about early 20th century Irish art dealer Hugh Lane.

The Peter Blum Gallery is located at 20 West 57th Street, NYC, and the Exalted Position exhibition will run until the end of August, 2016.

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Graham Durward
The Place, 2016
oil on linen
80 x 42 inches (203.2 x 106.7 cm )

Irina Rozovsky
Untitled (from A Rock that Floats), 2014
Chromogenic color print on Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper
8 ½ x 13 ⅓ inches (21.6 x 34.3 cm)
Edition 1 0f 3 + 1 AP

Roger White
Silk Flowers (Third Version), 2016
oil on canvas
18 x 24 (45.72 x 60.96)

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Irina Rozovsky
Untitled (from A Rock that Floats), 2014
Chromogenic color print on Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper
8 ½ x 13 ⅓ inches (21.6 x 34.3 cm)
Edition 1 0f 3 + 1 AP

 

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Irina Rozovsky
Untitled (from ‘A Rock that Floats’), 2014
chromogenic color print on Kodak Portra Endura paper
6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches (16.5 x 24.8 cm )

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Irina Rozovsky
Untitled (from A Rock that Floats), 2015
chromogenic color print on Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper
11 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (29.2 x 24.1 cm)
edition 1 of 3 + 1 AP

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Roger White
Pink Mirror, 2015
oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches (91.44 x 91.44 cm )

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Roger White
Windows, 2015
oil on canvas
66 x 44 inches (167.6 x 111.8 cm )

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Graham Durward
Small Smoke, 2016
oil on linen
48 x 36 inches (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

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Graham Durward
Split Screen Red, 2014
oil on canvas
80 x 24 inches (203.2 x 61 cm)

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Graham Durward
Harlequin DJ, 2016
oil on linen
82 x 58 inches (208.3 x 147.3 cm)

Irina Rozovsky
Untitled (from A Rock that Floats), 2014
chromogenic color print on Kodak Portra Endura paper
11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (29.8 x 21 cm)
edition 1 of 3 + AP

 

All images used with permission c. Peter Blum Gallery

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting

Episode 43:  Canvases that manifest an art tradition going back tens of thousands of years. Brooke talks with Henry Skerritt, the curator of No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting, which will be at the Cornell University Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, New York until August 14, 2016.  Skerritt explains how the paintings in this exhibition reflect a genre that has traditionally been ceremonial and impermanent.  Although the artists that are featured in No Boundaries have created works that are hung in museums and private collections all over the world, the art is more about the process than the product. All nine showcased artists paint in full awareness that each viewer’s experience with a work of art will be unique from that of the artist.

Henry Skerritt, in addition to being a curator, is also an art historian and songwriter, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.  He originally hails from Perth in Western Australia and his knowledge of and passion for Aboriginal Australian art provide insight into a genre that is in many ways different from other world art traditions.

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Featured Image: David O. Brown/Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University