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Plague Pictures or Art in Times of Pestilence

Plague Pictures or Art in Times of Pestilence

The massive toll that the current pandemic is wreaking is already affecting the art world. We thought it would be both interesting and appropriate to take a look back at the artistic response to widespread pestilences of the past. A simple look at art made during and after outbreaks of the plague in western Europe alone produces a huge and fascinating inventory. Read More
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East City Art Reviews—Heloisa Escudero: Tools for the Mind

East City Art Reviews—Heloisa Escudero: Tools for the Mind

Colorful assemblages containing lightbulbs, string, glass vials, plastic bottles, metal handles, and other recycled materials make up the entirety of the exhibit, Tools for the Mind, currently on view at the BlackRock Center for the Arts. The exhibit contains twenty-four participatory artworks, by local artist Heloisa Escudero, that aim to engage and heal the mind. Read More
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East City Art Reviews—Dialog: Landscape and Abstraction—Freya Grand and the Permanent Collection of the Art Museum of the Americas

East City Art Reviews—Dialog: Landscape and Abstraction—Freya Grand and the Permanent Collection of the Art Museum of the Americas

Freya Grand does large scale landscape paintings. The key to understanding her work is to realize that her paintings are not so much descriptive of the places she visited to make them, but are about the experiences of being there. This exhibit pairs her work with abstract paintings by Latin American artists in the OAS/AMA collection. Read More
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East City Art Reviews—Meditations and Epiphanies

East City Art Reviews—Meditations and Epiphanies

Curated by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery & Music Room of downtown Silver Spring hosts artists who describe the metaphysical with paint. Though ineffable and intangible, Judith Benderson, J. Jordan Bruns, Kelly Posey, and Terry Sitz bring various visions of those things that might only be felt. With bright colors and subtle textures, these artists seek to describe the indefinable nature of human experience through abstraction. Read More
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East City Art Reviews—Looking In: Edward Hopper’s Hotel Interior Views

East City Art Reviews—Looking In: Edward Hopper’s Hotel Interior Views

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel is a major exhibition of paintings, watercolors, prints and never before exhibited drawings at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. With a focus on Hopper’s representations of hotel interiors, it includes works that show Hopper’s extensive influence in this genre. Hopper’s works were designed to encourage the viewer to look in—even in cases where they’d rather not. Read More
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East City Art Reviews—Beyond the “Encuentro”: Printmakers from Medellín, Colombia

East City Art Reviews—Beyond the “Encuentro”: Printmakers from Medellín, Colombia

The first encuentro of printmakers in the city of Medellín in 2018 was the brainchild of Washington DC artist Felix Angel. From among the seventy in that show, Angel has selected eighteen artists for an exhibit at the International Development Bank Staff Association Art Gallery. The exhibit shows the diversity and richness of the printmakers currently living and working in the city of Medellín. Read More
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East City Art Reviews—Cianne Fragione Gate to the Sea

East City Art Reviews—Cianne Fragione Gate to the Sea

Works from a large series of paintings watercolors and prints by Cianne Fragione is on view at Gallery Neptune & Brown. They were inspired by a residency the artist had at Monasterace (Reggio Calabria) near the destroyed Greek town of Caulonia on the southernmost coast of Italy. Facing the Ionian Sea, ancient Caulonia is now an archaeological site reached through an iron gate and a flight of 50 or 60 steps down to the water—a gate to the sea. Read More
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East City Art Reviews: Timber at the Mansion at Strathmore

East City Art Reviews: Timber at the Mansion at Strathmore

 Timber, now on view at the Mansion at Strathmore, explores the versatility of wood as a medium of artistic expression.  The group show features both regional and national artists who place wood at the center of their practice. The exhibition is notable for the way in which it mixes works of fine art with those of fine craft.  By blurring the lines between “fine art” and “craft”, the exhibition highlights the similarities between these approaches to woodworking. Read More
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