Reviews

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

East City Art Reviews: The Trawick Contemporary Art Awards 2019

The sixteenth annual Trawick competition for contemporary art resulted in a show of eight finalists now at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda. This year’s exhibit is especially content heavy, with an emphasis on expressions of identity and environmental reflections.

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By Miguel Resendiz on September 17, 2019

East City Art Reviews: The Warmth of Other Suns at The Phillips Collection

The Warmth of Other Suns is an expansive exhibition that presents the phenomenon of global displacement through multiple perspectives.

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By Jan Aucker on August 20, 2019

East City Artnotes—Regina Miele: All Good Things are Wild and Free at Woman’s National Democratic Club

Regina Miele finds inspiration from biologist Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring, taking a journey of observation and exploration within the city to capture the beauty and stillness of nature and, in the process, found a deep connection to the author.

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By Eric Hope on August 13, 2019

East City Artnotes: America Is… at Touchstone Gallery

The continued fascination with the sociopolitical concerns that have come to prominence around and since the 2016 election is explored in America Is… on view at Touchstone Gallery. Artists explore, ask and answer: “What is America today?”. Here, the curatorial lens is focused on the way our recent political choices reverberate through the tenuous fabric of a multi-cultural society and is more concerned with broader issues such as racism, homophobia, gun violence and income inequality

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By Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D. on August 12, 2019

East City Art Reviews—Contrast at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

A beautifully curated exhibit at Pyramid Atlantic featuring prints by three artists: Curt Belshe, Jenny Freestone and Jake Muirhead. Intellectually challenging as well as technically brilliant, they are linked by the way they move between figuration, psychology and imagination.

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By Phil Hutinet on August 7, 2019

East City Art Reviews—Yoce Ramírez: Identity at IDB Staff Association Gallery

In Identity, Dominican artist Yoce Ramírez presents three discreet series of paintings linked by common subject matter addressing, as the title suggests, national and racial identity in her native country.

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