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East City Art Reviews—The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards 16

East City Art Reviews—The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards 16

The exhibition of the eight finalists of sixteenth Trawick Prize for Contemporary Art competition is on view at Gallery B in Bethesda. This year, there is a sense that the jurors gravitated toward the conceptually subtle, the formally elegant and the well-crafted. Winners this year ranged from an environmentally conscious installation, to a draftsman who transforms the ordinary into extraordinary drawings, to a collaborative installation that has overtones of spiritual atonement. Read More
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East City Art Reviews—One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey at the National Portrait Gallery

East City Art Reviews—One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey at the National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has mounted a deeply thoughtful exhibition of portraits, news photographs and video clips chronicling a single year in American life—1968. The year marked a time of great social and cultural upheaval, a time of shocking violence both at home and abroad and a time of surprising insight into our stewardship of the planet on which humanity lives. Read More
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In Conversation: East City Art Writers Reflect on Heavy Metal Exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

In Conversation: East City Art Writers Reflect on Heavy Metal Exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Heavy Metal, the fifth installment of the Women to Watch exhibition series, presented every two to three years and highlights emerging or underrepresented artists. Heavy Metal features twenty contemporary women artists from around the country and the world who are creatively “investigating the physical properties and expressive possibilities of a variety of metals.” Read More
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East City Art Reviews: No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

East City Art Reviews: No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

Bringing a counter-cultural movement into the mainstream, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum presents No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man to DC audiences in a traditional museum setting. However, as the museum experience becomes reconfigured with viewers becoming participants, does the value of work then change? Read More
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East City Art Reviews: CMD + F at Hemphill Fine Arts

East City Art Reviews: CMD + F at Hemphill Fine Arts

The title of this three person show now at Hemphill Fine Arts, CMD + F is a computer command for a search within a document. Area artists Tommy Bobo, James Huckenpahler and Rachel Schmidt are all working with computer based new media, each of them searching for new ways to create art in this fast-changing digital world. The results, as well presented here, are all fascinating, showing the potential of these experimental techniques. Read More
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East City Artnotes: Joan Belmar Beguiled by Caravaggio at Adah Rose Gallery

East City Artnotes: Joan Belmar Beguiled by Caravaggio at Adah Rose Gallery

A small but impressive exhibit of paintings by Joan Belmar is on view at Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington. This series of works painted on heavy paper with acrylic, ink and oil, are the result of a renewed acquaintance with Caravaggio, the early Italian Baroque master known for his realist approach and his limited, but intensely rich palette. Belmar continues to renew his art in an evident trajectory of style, content and medium. Read More
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