Sundays with the Modern offers unique perspectives on the Museum’s architecture, permanent collection, and special exhibitions. A variety of artists, art historians, critics, writers, and architects hold conversations and lead tours in the galleries.
Artist John Beech, born in England and living in Brooklyn, is recognized for his wry Duchampian twist on the everyday, producing minimalist sculptures and images that combine humor and beauty in perfect union. Beech’s superbly crafted and appointed paintings, drawings, and sculptures have been described by Edward Albee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Beech’s collaborator for the 2007 book Obscure/Reveal, as “pure beauty.” Ken Johnson of the New York Times states that, “the absurdist conjunction of idealist abstraction and real-world function in Mr. Beech’s work is amusing; it also affords the deeper satisfaction of seeing Minimalism’s mandarin purity brought down to earth.”
Uta Barth is a photographer who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Unlike traditional photography where the camera is used as a pointing device for selecting significant moments and places, Barth’s overriding interest is in perception—in vision itself. Her images share more with the work of Robert Irwin, John Cage, and Brian Eno than with the ideology of Walker Evans or Edward Weston. Barth’s is a serious and concentrated practice that has been rewarded with a great deal of critical acclaim and recognition, including a 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship; the comprehensive survey Uta Barth, published by Phaidon Press as one of the publisher’s prestigious Contemporary Art Series; and most recently, the 2010 monograph Uta Barth: The Long Now. For this Tuesday Evenings presentation, the artist shares her work as it has developed over the past 20 years.