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Death of an Artist
Was the famous sculptor Carl Andre involved in the death of his up-and-coming artist wife Ana Mendieta? For over 35 years, accusations of murder shrouded one of the art world’s most storied couples. They were a textbook case of opposites attract. Andre was famous, rich, white, and within the small coterie of the artworld, powerful. Mendieta was a Cuban refugee, a woman, working at the edge of the Avant Garde. Just months after their wedding, Andre called 911 saying they had a fight and Mendieta “went out the window” of their 34th floor apartment. Andre was charged with murder and the art wo...
Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian • Mar 11, 2023
"The story of Mendieta, her exciting life and interesting work, is extremely upsetting, simply because it ends far too soon...what makes this podcast far more than a cold-case examination is how Molesworth also moves the story forward and out, to look at how Mendieta and Andre’s work is received today."
Max Pearl • Vulture • Nov 14, 2022
"The podcast’s most novel element is its analysis of what came after Mendieta died: the war of ideas waged by lawyers, artists, journalists, critics, and activists that turned her from flesh and blood into the loaded symbol she is today. One of the most shocking takeaways from the podcast is that lawyers and art critics alike used Mendieta’s work against her."
Kat Rooney • The Podcast Review Blog • Nov 9, 2022
"A persistent theme in Death of an Arist is the insistence of art world elites on separating the art from its maker, or in this case, on separating Andre’s brilliant sculptures from Andre the alleged murderer. The series is a sort of whodunnit...but it works best when considering what Mendieta’s death revealed about the art world."
Lauren Passell • Podcast The Newsletter • Nov 7, 2022
"This podcast is a sprawling lesson into a woman, a (possible) murder, a movement, and a very sexist industry, but it feels focused and fluffless."
Nicholas Quah • Vulture • Oct 5, 2022
"Death of an Artist does that thing you’d want from a narrative series that means to be more than a genre exercise: It’s itching to hang in a bigger frame, to transcend merely being a routine crime procedural. Part of the podcast’s appeal lies in how it handles quick descriptions of these pasts; they might lead non-art world listeners to wonder about what those scenes look like today. The series displays impressive sensitivity towards how the sensational circumstances of Mendieta’s demise has overpowered her human and artistic legacy."
Ximena Smith • Stuff NZ • Sep 24, 2022
"...the circumstances surrounding Mendieta’s death, and how the broader power dynamics of the art industry played into the incident’s lead-up and its subsequent fallout. Molesworth also grapples with her own complicitness in the story as a high-profile curator who followed along with what she describes as the art world’s tendency to always separate the art from the artist."
Jori Finkel • The Art Newspaper • Sep 20, 2022
"Death of an Artist is a moving portrait of Mendieta as a Cuban-American artist, wife, friend and crime victim. It is also a chilling portrait of the conspiratorial real-world silences that compound the art-historical neglect of women and people of colour."
Erin Vanderhoof • Vanity Fair • Aug 29, 2022
"On the podcast, Molesworth tells the story of how Mendieta’s reputation grew in the wake of her death...So over the course of six episodes, she unpacks the story of Mendieta’s turbulent life, her initial meetings with Andre, and the devolution of their relationship over the course of a few years. She lingers on that last night and the legal questions that emerge afterward, when Andre is charged and eventually goes on trial. The podcast also examines the moral attitudes of the art world and its emphasis on mid-century fixation on the so-called genius. "
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