Reviews

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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By Hamiltonian Artists on July 31, 2023

Essays on Art—Cecilia Kim when the body becomes dust and settles around you

when the body becomes dust and settles around you offers a profound and immersive exploration of grief as a transformative force in our lives. Through a series of installations, Cecelia Kim invited viewers to traverse the threshold of absence, guiding us on a poignant journey of processing emotions and revelations of memory.

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

East City Art Reviews—Painting Is Alive and Well: The 19th Annual Bethesda Painting Awards

The art of painting—qua painting, on a flat support using traditional means—has had a number of deaths and resurrections over the past 50 or so years. The high quality work on view now at Gallery B of the winners and finalists of the Bethesda Painting Awards, it is alive and well in the DMV, with a strong emphasis on figuration.

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By Phil Hutinet on June 5, 2023

East City Art Reviews—Sally Kauffman Irreplaceable at Workhouse Arts Center

Between 2019-2023, Kauffman created a series of oil paintings depicting animals in bright, playful colors that immediately grab your attention. However, these pleasing visual cues stand in stark contradiction with Kauffman’s somber message—that mankind’s impact on the environment is bringing many of the most vulnerable species in the animal kingdom to the brink of extinction.

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By Hamiltonian Artists on June 2, 2023

Essays on Art—Matthew Russo Practiced Play

Practiced Play is the first interactive exhibition created by Matthew Russo. It is essentially a large sculpture comprised of many smaller sculptures that visitors can activate. Practiced Play leans towards relational aesthetics generally, where artists are often facilitators rather than exclusively makers.

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on May 2, 2023

East City Art Reviews—Revisiting the Art and Science of Alberto Gaitán, 1955-2022

Albertopalooza: The Self-Organizing Systems of Alberto Gaitán was curated by Gaitán’s collaborator and friend, James Huckenpahler at Otis Street Art Project. The exhibit is primarily a retrospective of Gaitán’s conceptual stance as it was expressed in his sometimes quirky, often fascinating and surprisingly elegant work.

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