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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Jo Ann Callis.

If you know the work of Jeff Wall or Gregory Crewdson or Marilyn Minter, you should know Callis, whose work anticipated theirs. Starting in the early 1970s Callis has constructed both black-and-white and color photographs that consider, sex, sexuality, pleasure and more pleasure.

Aperture has just published “Other Rooms,” a new book of Callis’ investigations of the nude body and sexuality, mostly from the mid-1970s. Amazon offers it for $54. 

Callis is one of the most important photographers of her generation. In two thousand nine the J. Paul Getty Museum presented a retrospective of her work titled "Woman Twirling." Callises are in the permanent collection of museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

In 1974, Robert Heinecken, Callis’ teacher at UCLA, organized a workshop in Yosemite. Several famous pictures came out of that trip, including works by Callis, Heinecken and Judy Dater. Several of them, all discussed by Callis and host Tyler Green on this week’s MAN Podcast, are shown here. From top-to-bottom: Two untitled 1974 Callises; Dater, Imogen and Twinka at Yosemite (1975) from the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Heinecken, Space/Time Metamorphosis No.1 (1975) from the collection of the MFA Houston. Green wrote about the Heinecken and the Dater on our sister site Modern Art Notes. 

Thanks to ROSEGALLERY for its assistance with the Callises!

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