Reviews

By Miguel Resendiz on February 17, 2020

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.

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on February 11, 2020

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.

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on February 5, 2020

East City Art Reviews—Dialogues at Stable

Dialogues, the inaugural exhibition in the gallery of STABLE, the new art studio space in northeast Washington, opened last fall. Featuring the work of 32 artists working there, it is slated to be the first and last of its kind there as the organizers plan never to repeat this group show idea.

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By Eric Celarier on January 15, 2020

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.

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on January 14, 2020

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.

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on December 18, 2019

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.

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By Eric Hope on December 11, 2019

East City Artnotes—Floating Light by Diane Szczepaniak at Freight Gallery

Freight Gallery, a new exhibition space in northeast DC’s Langdon neighborhood, creates experiential moments by displaying works in a non-traditional environment. With the passing of the artist this fall, the installation represents her final, fully-realized solo exhibition.

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on December 9, 2019

East City Art Reviews—Andrea del Verrocchio: A New Understanding of a 15th Century Master

The history of art includes numbers of cases where students of a particular artist have very nearly eclipsed the reputations of their teachers. Andrea del Verrocchio, the subject of a superb exhibit at the National Gallery, is among them. Teacher of Leonardo da Vinci and many others, his importance can now be re-evaluated.

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By Sarah McGavran, Ph.D. on November 12, 2019

East City Art Reviews—Refractions: Prints and Projections by Robin Bell at Lost Origins Gallery

Robin Bell may be best known for his guerilla projections on the façade of the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, DC, which addressed themes of corruption and accountability. His recent exhibition at Lost Origins Gallery expanded upon this work while asserting that viewers have a responsibility to speak out...

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By Miguel Resendiz on November 11, 2019

East City Art Reviews— From the Margins at Gallery 102

From the Margins, on view at Gallery 102, is a response to the recent 30-year anniversary of the Corcoran’s cancellation of a retrospective on Robert Mapplethorpe. The show consists mostly of photographs by queer artists and addresses issues in queer representation, identity, and the act of critique.

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By Eric Hope on November 8, 2019

East City Art Reviews—Arabicity|Ourouba at MEI Gallery

What does it mean to have an Arab identity? Are there commonalities between regional identities as one journeys from the Atlas Mountains eastward to the Persian Gulf? This question is posed by the artists in the Middle East Institute’s inaugural gallery exhibition Arabicity|Ourouba.

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on October 30, 2019

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.

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By Eric Hope on September 30, 2019

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.

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By Ashley Shah on September 24, 2019

East City Art Reviews: Milk Relics at Lost Origins Gallery

Tom Kim highlights environmental issues, while incorporating an element of playfulness and his own personal experiences into his work. In the series, Milk Relics at Lost Origins Gallery, he speaks to his own appreciation of our surroundings, while also encouraging others to play their part in tackling environmental issues.

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on September 23, 2019

East City Art Reviews—“JUST DO IT”: Michael Platt and Friends at Honfleur Gallery

Honfleur Gallery is currently filled with works that speak of the influence, the teaching and the mentoring, the spirit of collaboration, and the love of “making things” that characterized the life and work of Michael Platt.

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