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Episode No. 379 features artist Amy Sherald and curator Iria Candela.

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is showing "Amy Sherald," an exhibition of recent paintings, through May 18. The exhibition was organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and curated by its director, Lisa Melandri.

On the second segment, Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Iria Candela discusses "Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold," a retrospective of the Argentine-Italian artist. The exhibition is primarily on view at the Met Breuer through April 14, but Fontana environments are also on view at the Met's Fifth Avenue building at the El Museo del Barrio. The catalogue was published by the Met and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $42.

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Episode No. 352 features artist Christina Quarles and curator Joel Smith.

Christina Quarles is included in the Hammer Museum's "Made in LA 2018" biennial. "Made in LA" was curated by Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale and is on view through September 2.

Quarles's work typically includes recognizable elements such as flowers or tables and figures that then dissolve into each other in ways that confuse our ideas of gender, race and space. On her website, Quarles describes this blending of elements as rooted to her own personal history: "The contradiction of my Black ancestry coupled with my fair skin, results in my place always being my displace."

Next month Quarles will be the subject of a "MATRIX" exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum. She's been included in group shows at the New Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, LAXART and at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

On the second segment, Morgan Library curator Joel Smith discusses his “Peter Hujar: Speed of Life.” The exhibition, which is at the Berkeley Art Museum through November 18, includes 140 photographs and surveys Hujar’s entire career. The exhibition catalogue, published by Aperture, is easily the most important publication about Hujar. Amazon sells it for $34. This segment first aired in February when the exhibition debuted at the Morgan. For images, see Episode No. 326.

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Episode No. 334 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a holiday weekend presentation of previously recorded interviews with curators Frederick Ilchman and Scott Shields.

Ilchman, a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is the co-curator of “Casanova: The Seduction of Europe,” a broad look at the over-the-top luxury of European art and decorative arts in the pre-French Revolution decades. It debuted at the Kimbell Art Museum last year, and is on view at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco through May 28. The show is built around the famed Giacomo Casanova, a courtier, lothario and schemester whose memoir provides one of the best insights to an era in which those at the top of society milked their countries for wealth and prestige, leaving little for others. The exhibition was co-curated by Ilchman, the National Gallery of Art’s C.D. Dickerson (who started work on the show while he was at the Kimbell), and the Clark Art Institute's Esther Bell (who worked on the show while she was at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco). The catalogue is absolutely terrific, a great read, a decadent look, and Amazon will sell it to you for $34.

Next, Crocker Art Museum curator Scott A. Shields discusses “Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942-1955,” which the Crocker co-organized with the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. The exhibition looks at work, especially work on paper, that Diebenkorn made before turning to figuration while living and working in Berkeley, Calif. It reveals Diebenkorn working through artists with whom his work is not typically associated, such as John Marin and Arshile Gorky. The exhibition is accompanied by an excellent, well-illustrated catalogue that mines Diebenkorn’s archive to find a surprising range of influences. Amazon sells it for $44. From Sacramento, the show will trael to the Owsley Museum at Ball State University, the Portland (Ore.) Art Museum, the Weisman Museum at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and to the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md. Images of art discussed on the program are here.

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