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East City Artnotes: Stephanie J. Williams Things That Don’t Have Names

East City Artnotes: Stephanie J. Williams Things That Don’t Have Names

Through innovative cross-disciplinary gallery programming at the Greater Reston Art Center, the playfully compelling objects made by Stephanie Williams are visually engaging on a personal and a metaphorical level. The artist investigates themes of identity through individual objects hung on the wall in a collective grouping that may look like specimens in a lab. Working with throwaway objects and remnants, Williams’ objects are unsettling and sensually alluring. Read More
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East City Art Reviews: Bethesda Painting Awards 2019

East City Art Reviews: Bethesda Painting Awards 2019

Gallery B in downtown Bethesda is hosting the finalists of the annual Bethesda Painting Awards competition. This year’s selection exhibits a pronounced showing of painting, in the traditional sense, both figurative and abstract. It’s been some time since we’ve seen such a strong feeling of hand is in the works represented, that is, of paint on surface, made into recognizable or abstract imagery. Read More
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Recovering Tintoretto, Painter of the Venetian Late Renaissance

Recovering Tintoretto, Painter of the Venetian Late Renaissance

The retrospective exhibition of the work of Venetian artist Jacopo Robusti, known as Il Tintoretto, is still on view at the National Gallery. Although Tintoretto was enormously successful in his own time and place, he remains relatively unknown to the general public. The reasons for this are many. Not least among them are the many myths that stubbornly follow the artist’s reputation portraying him as an outsider, a rebel, a difficult and bizarre personality, and perhaps most problematically: a Mannerist. Read More
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East City Artnote: Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

East City Artnote: Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Contemporary Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija focuses on bridging gaps that separate audiences from physical objects of artwork, chiefly through real-time experiences and interactions. The Hirshhorn currently offers a chance for visitors to step onto such a bridge in an unusual culinary/artistic experience that is both intriguing and puzzling. Read More
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East City Artnotes: Then/Again – A Gallery Exhibition 30 Years Later

East City Artnotes: Then/Again – A Gallery Exhibition 30 Years Later

For thirty years, the District of Columbia Arts Center has weathered the changing vagaries of the DC’s artistic landscape; few local arts organizations can lay claim to such an extensive history of showcasing visual and performing arts.  Then/Again: A Gallery Exhibition 30 Years Later marks this noteworthy anniversary, inviting artists who participated in the gallery’s inaugural exhibition to display works that document their current interests. Read More
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East City Art Reviews: NOMAD: The Art of Alonzo Davis

East City Art Reviews: NOMAD: The Art of Alonzo Davis

A remarkable two-part exhibition of recent work by Washington DC artist Alonzo Davis is currently in the art galleries of the Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center of the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria campus. Comprised of Davis’ Navigation and Migrant series, the underlying and unifying theme of the exhibition is travel, of “finding one’s way in unfamiliar territory,” whether that territory is in the vastness of the sea, the fearful emptiness of the desert, or in the changes in one’s life. Read More
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