Reviews

By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on June 27, 2024

East City Art Reviews—Sondra Arkin and Ellyn Weiss The Human Flood at American University Museum

The Human Flood, on view at American University Museum, immerses visitors in the urgent crisis of climate-driven human migration through a powerful collaborative installation by artists Ellyn Weiss and Sondra Arkin. Curated by Laura Roulet, the exhibit uses various media to evoke empathy and raise awareness about the complex and pressing issue of immigration.

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By Olivia Niuman on June 11, 2024

East City Art Reviews—Laura Grothaus Return to the Library of L.E. Grothaus at McLean Project for the Arts

At McLean Project for the Arts, three solo exhibitions by Osvaldo Mesa, Abol Bahadori, and Laura Grothaus explore the rich inner life of the imagination and the reframing of perspective. Grothaus’s exhibit, Return to the Library of L.E. Grothaus, transforms books into interactive art objects, inviting viewers into a personal sanctuary and challenging traditional modes of interaction with visual art and literature.

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By Olivia Niuman on May 21, 2024

East City Art Reviews—IA&A at Hillyer Contemporary Echoes: Rediscovering Italian Art from 1950-1980

Contemporary Echoes: Rediscovering Italian Art from 1950-1980 at IA&A at Hillyer, features 18 postwar works from the BFF Collection, offering a new perspective on Italian art’s interplay with American pop and abstract expressionism. Curated by Renato Miracco, the exhibition highlights the nuanced and politically charged approaches of Italian artists, contrasting them with their American contemporaries.

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By Matthew McClure on March 25, 2024

East City Art Reviews—Alyse Radenovic Lines in Color at The Art League Gallery

Alyse Radenovic’s Lines in Color at The Art League Gallery presents eleven abstract acrylics, showcasing a serene departure from her symbol-rich previous works, reflecting a unique interpretation of the Washington Color School’s influence.

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By Olivia Niuman on March 14, 2024

East City Art Reviews—Mark Rothko: Paintings on Paper at the National Gallery of Art

Mark Rothko: Paintings on Paper reveals Rothko’s lesser-known works on paper, tracing his shift from figurative to abstract art. The exhibition is a curated journey through his evolution, designed to evoke deep emotional engagement, making it a compelling experience for all viewers.

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By Olivia Niuman on February 16, 2024

East City Art Reviews—A Delicate Balance at the Athenaeum

A Delicate Balance showcases the work of nine sculptors whose materials, practices, and conceptual concerns vary widely. Curator Jackie Hoysted and producer Veronica Szalus have assembled a show that explores the notion of balance in almost every way the word can be interpreted- physically, spiritually, ecologically, and conceptually.

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By Matthew McClure on January 29, 2024

East City Art Reviews—Terence Nicholson You Can’t Unring The Bell at Honfleur Gallery

Terence Nicholson’s solo exhibition presents a vigorous historical archive of the ebb and flow of history through DC’s neighborhoods and by extension through his own corporeality. He lays down the gauntlet of personal/political activism offering you the chance to pick it up. Will you?

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on January 12, 2024

East City Art Reviews—Moving Beyond Beauty: Reverence and Reclamation at McLean Project for the Arts

The large and fluid space of Emerson Gallery at McLean Project for the Arts is the venue for an exhibit of five women artists addressing climate change and other environmental perils. Although each has this content, the work goes beyond that in aesthetic expression

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By Olivia Niuman on January 8, 2024

East City Art Reviews—Nicole Salimbene Seed Scattering at The Silva Gallery x Latela Curatorial

Nicole Salimbene’s solo exhibition, Seed Scattering at The Silva Gallery x Latela Curatorial, showcases eleven meticulously crafted collage “tapestries” made from rolled magazine pages bound with gold wire. Through a thematic exploration of seed scattering, Salimbene invites viewers to decipher coded images within her artwork.

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on December 13, 2023

East City Art Reviews—Eternal Paper at UMGC

A large and diverse exhibition of works on, and of, paper is on view in the Arts Program Gallery of the UMD Global Campus through May of next year. Featuring works by 20 artists, it was originated and guest curated by artist and art educator Helen Frederick.

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By Phil Hutinet on December 11, 2023

East City Art Reviews—Intersection at Cody Gallery

Currently on view at Marymount University’s Cody Gallery, Intersection features two Northern Virginia-based artists—Chee Keong Kung, presenting sculptures, and David Carlson, showcasing recent abstract paintings. The curation of Intersection thoughtfully presents the work, effectively providing the viewer with smooth transitions from one work to the next.

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By Olivia Niuman on December 5, 2023

East City Art Reviews—DC Art Now 2023 at 200 Eye Street Gallery

Every year since 1986, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has collected work by local artists for its Art Bank program. This year’s exhibition of the finalists, titled DC Art Now 2023, showcases the work of seventy-two artists at its 200 I (Eye) Street gallery. A sweeping show, DC Art Now 2023 represents a cross-section of DC’s contemporary arts scene.

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By Olivia Niuman on September 13, 2023

East City Art Reviews—SANA(A) at Pyramid Atlantic

SANA(A), on view at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, features hand-printed works by Jessica Sabogal and Shanna Strauss. The exhibition showcases their virtuosity in technique and dedication to feminist, intersectional, and collective care themes. With distinct styles, both artists emphasize the voices of Black, Indigenous, and women of color.

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on August 17, 2023

East City Art Reviews—Philip Guston Now at the National Gallery of Art

Guston saw his self-esteem as an artist, and an honest human being, in his ability to abandon what was fully explored for something else that represented a new path.

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By Olivia Niuman on August 1, 2023

East City Art Reviews—RE/ENVISIONING

Curators Nicole Dowd and Allison Nance present RE/ENVISIONING, a group exhibition on view at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Gallery, featuring six artists who each question, subvert, and re-tell traditionally accepted narratives

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