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The Donald Duck Deck

Today is our Red-Letter Day


Our New website is now ‘live’

&THE DONALD DECK
WILL BE FOR SALE ONLINE
AT ABOUT NOON TODAY!
Credit cards accepted

@www.TheArtofOurTimes.com

Tell everyone you know
about the Deck today
and soon enough,
he’ll be up the river,
far, far away.

It’s in the cards, baby. It’s in the cards.


TONIGHT
You’re invited to the Opening of
The Travel Ban Show

Oh Say, Can You See?   EMIGRE ARTISTS IN AMERICA + 1


New work by Joan Belmar / Anna Davis / Mikray Pida /KMRamich

TONIGHT 6:30-8 pm  / 1602  Seventh Street NW /  2nd floor  / 202-638-3612
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: It is my hope and intention that this exhibit, which presents the work of three emigre artists now living in Washington (plus one U.S.-born artist whose Bigot Proof Vest seemed appropriate to include in this show at this time in our history), will help native born Americans, both inside and outside the White House, see the important contributions  which foreign-born artists make to our American culture and cultural life.

Charles Krause
TOP ROW ABOVE: America Series paintings by Joan BELMAR (Chile / U.S.)
MIDDLE ROW ABOVE: New painting by Anna DAVIS (Sweden / U.S.)
BOTTOM ROW ABOVE: New paintings by Mikray PIDA (China / U.S.)


+1 BELOW: Bigot Proof vest by KM RAMICH (U.S. / U.S.)


Copyright © 2017 Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this because you expressed interest in Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art

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Washington, DC 20005

 

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Coldwell Banker / Dupont & Logan Presents: ART14 Summer 2017


Coldwell Banker / Dupont & Logan Presents
ART14 Summer 2017

Michael Crossett, Charlie Gaynor, and Mark Parascanodla.
We look forward to seeing you.

Thursday, June 22  |    6:30-8:30 PM    |    1617 14th Street NW

RSVP via our Evite link here.


Michael Crossett


C
harlie Gaynor

Mark Parascandola

 

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At HEMPHILL: “35 Days,” Opening Saturday, June 24, 2017

35 DAYS
June 24 – August 11, 2017

Opening Saturday, June 24, 2017

Afternoon Reception, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

HEMPHILL is delighted to announce the exhibition 35 Days, showcasing both contemporary and historical works. Artists on view will include Leon Berkowitz, William Christenberry, Steven Cushner, Thomas Downing, Torkwase Dyson, Sam Gilliam, James Huckenpahler, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Linling Lu, Robin Rose, Anne Rowland, Renée Stout, Emma Tapley and Julie Wolfe. The opening will be celebrated with an afternoon reception held on Saturday, June 24, 2-5pm. The exhibition will be on view through Friday, August 11.

HEMPHILL was founded in Washington DC in 1993. The exhibition schedule features modern & contemporary art in all media by artists ranging from emerging to mid-career to modern masters.

  • GALLERY HOURS
  • Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm, and by appointment
  • Please note the gallery will be closed July 1 – 4 in observance of Independence Day. Gallery hours in August are Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm.
Image: Steven Cushner, Back & Forth and Back & Forth and Back & Forth, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 44″ x 34″

HEMPHILL
1515 14th St NW
Washington DC 20005
tel 202.234.5601
hemphillfinearts.com

 

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Carroll Street Gallery: It was all a dream

June 23-August 25


Opening Friday, June 23, 6:00 – 8:00pm

The space we inhabit between dreams and waking life can often feel surreal. The rules of the physical world can be broken, disbelief set aside, and tricks of the mind performed with ease. While entering consciousness, we may ask ourselves, “Was it all a dream?” Even our waking lives can prove to be as chaotic and disorienting as this dream-state. In this exhibition three artists address the sensation of existing in a dreamlike state as it relates to their personal experiences and the world at large.

Roxana Alger Geffen calls upon the chaos of domestic life in her installations and wall constructions, using textiles and found objects. Her work is both a humorous celebration and an uncanny manifestation of every day life as a mother. Rives Wiley’s purely two-dimensional paintings evoke a disorienting sense of unease in architectural space. The figures in these works are trapped, but unaware that they exist only partially or may never be able to escape the confines of the canvas. Dave Eassa’s thickly painted pink figures engaging in various activities read as cartoonish, yet represent the deeper identities of the psyche. The figures are navigating not only the physical world, but also the emotional content of the self.

Each artist addresses the absurdity of the social, political, and societal constructs that exist in the real world, in dreams, and somewhere in between.

Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street NW, Washington DC 20004
202.347.7978
www.hemphillfinearts.com

Gallery Open During Business Hours
Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 6:00pm

Image: Rives Wiley, Raindrops on Noses, 2016, oil on panel, 48″ x 36″


 

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CHARLES KRAUSE/REPORTING FINE ART

You’re cordially invited
to the Opening of
Oh say, can you see?
EMIGRE ARTISTS IN AMERICA

Friday, June 16, 2017 / 6:30-8 p.m.
CHARLES KRAUSE/REPORTING FINE ART / 1602 Seventh Street NW  Washington, DC 20001 / 202.638.3612

Joan Belmar (Chile/United States)
Anna Davis (Sweden/United States)
Mikray Pida (China/United States)

The Travel Ban Exhibit

Many of our greatest “American” artists were, in fact, naturalized Americans born abroad. Some, like Mark Rothko and Louise Nevelson, came as children and were trained in the United States. Others, like Hans Hoffman, Willem de Kooning and David Hockney, came as adults, seeing refuge or creative freedom in the United States.

All made major contributions to our “American” culture, as do many foreign-born visual artists today.

We have no way of knowing how many great artists who might have contributed to our culture perished in Europe during World War II because our Govrenment refused to let them enter the United States due to their religion or country of origin.

And if the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban takes effect—denying entry to allMuslims, or all Muslims from certain countries in the “watered down” version—we’ll never know what they might have contributed to our culture, either.

Nor will we ever know how many great artists, from countries whose citizens are not categorically banned, will decide not to immigrate to the United States because they find Trump’s policies repugnant. Or because they feel they’ll always be second-class citizens in an America where only the bigoted, willfully ignorant and/or the 1 percent ever go first.

The three artists whose work will be shown at CK/RFA beginning next Friday—Joan Belmar, Anna Davis and Mikray Pida–all live and work (now) in Washington, having come here from their native countries to create art influenced by the cultures where they grew to maturitybefore Trump and before emigrating to the United States.
Their styles are different. Their art is not necessarily political. Yet each is extremely talented and we benefit greatly from their being here. Please come to see their work and, in that way, thank them—and thousands of other emigre artists like them—for enriching our culture. Let’s just hope they decide to stay.
Oh Say, Can You See? EMIGRE ARTISTS IN AMERICA

OPENING June 16th (through mid-August) at CK/RFA
www.charleskrausefineart.com

 

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Deadline to enter Zenith Gallery’s Juried Exhibition RESIST coming soon!

ZENITH GALLERY  

Celebrating 39 Years in the Nation’s Capital
202-783-2963  art@zenithgallery.com   zenithgallery.com

RESIST

Re-Invigorate and Express Your Views, Thoughts and Concerns 

Call for Entries Submissions Deadline: Friday, June 16, 6:00 PM
July 13-September 1, 2017
Opening Reception:
Thursday, July 13, 5-8 pm

Zenith Gallery is hosting an exhibition titled RESIST in honor of the latest resistance movements happening around the globe. We invite artists to submit works that interpret and reflect on the state of our world today. What has surfaced in your work, what do you need to express and protest? Have you traveled to join marches, made new connections?

Whether inspiration or actual scenes – be it the Women’s March, the March for Science, Climate Change, No DAPL, Education, Air Quality, GMOs – How are these times making you feel? What is happening to our democracy and our government and the people in our city, nation and world. We invite you to speak out.

First Prize Winner will receive $450, Second Prize $350, and Third Prize winner will receive $250.

All submitted artists will also be judged for possible continued representation with Zenith Gallery.

Jurors,

Carol Rhodes Dyson
A graduate of Howard University in Art History (B. A. and Graduate Studies), Ms. Dyson has over 30 years’ experience as an art administrator, educator and now curator for museums, galleries, cultural institutions and alternative spaces in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD and Kansas City, MO. She has worked as an assistant to David C. Driskell, artist, art historian, author and curator and later served as a Curatorial Assistant to Dr. Jeff R. Donaldson. She recently completed a M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art in May, 2017. Her thesis exhibition, Creative Alchemy: Common Source of Art and Science.

Ms. Dyson has served as the Curator In Residence for all locations of Busboys and Poets for five years. As President of Black Artists of DC (BADC), she curated “BADC, A Legacy of Excellence,” at the Blackburn Center until September 2016 to Jan 19, 2017. Most recently, Carol founded “Social Impact Arts Collective,” a non-profit organization providing curatorial and educational services for under-served. communities.
Margery Goldberg is the Founder, owner, and curator of Zenith Gallery, as well as the Executive director of the Zenith Community Arts Foundation, arts non-profit in Washington DC. Since founding Zenith Gallery in 1978, Ms. Goldberg has curated over 450-plus shows (including numerous traveling exhibitions as well as shows at Zenith), multiple Art League shows, and more than 100 corporate collections and projects, including major outdoor sculptures and a permanent installation at the Smithsonian Institute’s Air and Space Museum.  As an artist, she has created more than 300 pieces of sculptured furniture and neon, now in private and public collections throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Ms. Goldberg has been at the forefront of shaping DC’s art and culture and is heavily involved in her community; as executive director and founder of ZCAF, Ms. Goldberg is personally dedicated to promoting art and fostering alliances between artists, businesses, non-profits and public-sector organizations, using the trans-formative power of art to benefit community.
Celinda Lake is a prominent pollster and political strategist for progressives. She currently serves as President of Lake Research Partners. Celinda worked for the largest independent expenditure to take back the House and has been a key player in campaigns launched by progressive groups such as the AFL-CIO, SEIU, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, Vote Vets, HRC, and EMILY’s List. Lake co-authored the bookWhat Women Really Want with Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway, which examines the way women are changing the political landscape in America. She has worked on innovative message projects that helped redefine language on the economy, inequality, big money in politics, climate change, public schools, teachers, and criminal justice reform.  Celinda is the recipient of an American Political Consultant Award and the Opportunity Agenda Creative Change Award.

Margery Goldberg is the creator, owner, and curator of Zenith Gallery, as well as executive director of the Zenith Community Arts Foundation, a non-profit benefiting the children of Washington DC. Since founding Zenith Gallery in 1978, Ms. Goldberg has curated 450-plus shows (including numerous traveling exhibitions as well as shows at Zenith), multiple Art League shows, and more than 100 corporate collections and projects, including major outdoor sculptures and a permanent installation at the Smithsonian Institute’s Air and Space Museum. 

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JURIED EXHIBITION:y 13, 5-8 pm
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2017-2018 media info

2017-2018 media info

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Cross MacKenzie

 

 

Parke Kaminstein Show on view thru June 8th

MACHO – The Mask of Masculinity”
Opens at Cross Mackenzie Gallery
June 9th 6-8

hown first at in Adams Morgan, this group show, curated by Rebecca Cross, moves to our Georgetown gallery featuring Mark Newport’s knitted super heroes, and work by Hector Emanuel, Michael Corigliano, Timothy Johnson, Kate Warren, Dawn Whitmore and Joseph Daniel Robert OLeary

Cross MacKenzie Gallery, 1675 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

 

 

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July at the Phillips

July 2017

PLEASE NOTE: The Phillips Collection is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission for all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

IN THIS CALENDAR
Exhibitions
Phillips after 5
Events
Tours
Spotlight Talks
General Information

EXHIBITIONS
Admission: $12 for adults; $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under

through
Sept. 3, 2017

Markus Lüpertz
The Phillips Collection presents the first comprehensive survey in the U.S. of the monumental works of Markus Lüpertz (b. 1941), the acclaimed German artist who helped chronicle and shape the postwar image of his country. Comprised of nearly 50 selections, the exhibition traces Lüpertz’s career from the 1960s to his most recent works, including major examples of his perplexing “dithyrambic” paintings and his provocative manipulations of German motifs. The exhibition is curated by Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski in close collaboration with the artist and Michael Werner Gallery. Markus Lüpertz coincides with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s focused exhibition Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History (May 24–September 10). Together, the two presentations form the artist’s first major U.S. museum retrospective.
Admission for all other art on view:
Weekends: $12 for adults, $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under; FREE weekdays, includes permanent collection

ALSO ON VIEW
June 27
through
​July 30, 2017 Young Artists Exhibition: Turner Elementary 2016–2017 School Year
The 2016–2017 Art Links to Learning: Museum-in-Residence program culminates in a Young Artists Exhibition showcasing student art from Phillips partner school Turner Elementary’s second, third, and fourth grade classrooms. Each collaborative art project relates to themes explored at the museum and in the classroom. Through Young Artists Exhibitions, the Phillips recognizes and celebrates the students, teachers, parents, and partnering school systems who value and support arts-integrated teaching and learning in the local community and nationally.

PERMANENT COLLECTION
Ongoing One of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary American and European art, the museum is home to Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s iconic Luncheon of the Boating Party, Jacob Lawrence’s epic Migration Series, and a chapel-like Rothko Room, as well as innovative new work by artists of today. Installations change frequently and are not chronological, sparking conversations across time and place.

PHILLIPS AFTER 5–July 6
Reservations strongly recommended as this popular event tends to sell out in advance: www.phillipscollection.org/events. $12; $10 for visitors 62 and over and students. Members always admitted free, no reservation needed.
5–8:30 pm Punk Out
Inspired by Germany’s punk scene, experience all things punk at the Phillips! Enjoy a silent disco featuring punk, David Bowie, and even some classical music.
Gallery Talk
6, 6:30, 7,
& 7:30 pm
15-minute focused discussions about works in the museum’s permanent collection

EVENTS
Film Screening
July 13
6:30 pm Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Written and directed by a leader of the New German Cinema movement Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) is the story of an unlikely relationship between an elderly woman and a Moroccan migrant worker in postwar Germany. With themes that remain relevant today, the film is considered a masterpiece by the German director, screenwriter, producer, and actor who created a prolific portfolio of work during the same period as Markus Lüpertz. $12; $10 for students and seniors. Free for members. Includes admission to the special exhibition and a cash bar. Reservations recommended.
Gallery Talk
July 20
6:30 pm East/West Divide
Hester Baer, Associate Professor and Head of the German Department at the University of Maryland, will lead a discussion on how the East/West Divide in Berlin influenced the economy, politics, and culture. Markus Lüpertz produced many of the artworks featured in the special exhibition during these years. Included with admission to special exhibition; free for members.
Curators’ Dialogue
July 27
6:30 pm Markus Lüpertz
Join exhibition curator Director Dorothy Kosinski and Deputy Director for Curatorial and Academic Affairs Klaus Ottmann as they discuss Markus Lüpertz. The conversation will consider the culture of Berlin when the artist created many of his works. Included with admission to special exhibition; free for members

TOURS
Saturdays
noon
Introduction to The Phillips Collection
Highlights from one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Included in museum admission; free for members.
Sundays
1 pm Introduction to Markus Lüpertz
Highlights from the special exhibition. Included in admission to special exhibition; free for members.

SPOTLIGHT TALKS
Tuesdays–Fridays
noon
Spotlight Talks
Focused discussion about works of art from the permanent collection or special exhibition. Included in museum admission; free for members.
July 13, 20, & 27
6 & 7 pm Spotlight: Markus Lüpertz
Focused discussion about works of art from the special exhibition. Included in admission to special exhibition; free for members.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Location:
1600 21st Street, NW (at Q Street)
Metro Red Line, Dupont Circle Station (Q Street exit), and via several bus lines, www.wmata.com
Information:
202.387.2151 or www.phillipscollection.org
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am–5 pm;
Thursday, 10 am–8:30 pm; Sunday, noon–6:30 pm

Café: Tryst at the Phillips: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am–4 pm; Thursday, 10 am–4 pm and 10 am–8 pm (during Phillips after 5 only); Sunday, noon–5:30 pm

Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

On the first Thursday of every month, daytime admittance ends at 5 pm due to the regularly scheduled Phillips after 5 events. Admission after 5 pm is restricted to members and Phillips after 5 ticket holders.

Please note that starting May 23, 2017, the original Phillips house will be unavailable due to a thermal upgrade project. Special exhibitions and selections from the permanent collection will still be on view in the Goh Annex and Sant Building galleries, and the café, shop, and courtyard will also be open. The Phillips house will reopen in 2018. More information available here.

Connect:
Blog: blog.phillipscollection.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/phillipscollection
Twitter: www.twitter.com/PhillipsMuseum
Instagram: instagram.com/phillipscollection
Free App: www.phillipscollection.org/apple or www.phillipscollection.org/android

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Hirshhorn and Art in Embassies Partner To Host Vik Muniz Talk and Film

 

 

Photo by Denise Andrade

 

 

 

 

Seven Days in the Art World (2008).Muniz, a sculptor and photographer, is best known for creating what he calls “photographic delusions,” often recreating recognized imagery from pop culture or art history using unexpected, everyday objects. Working with a dizzying array of unconventional materials – including chocolate, diamonds, dust and sugar – the artist forms three-dimensional narratives before recording the final images with his camera. His work is simultaneously humorous and incisively critical, recognized for its ironic and playful qualities. 

Muniz is also interested in activism, and he starred in the award-winning documentaryWaste Land (2010), which follows the artist as he aims to depict the lives of the catadores – pickers of recyclable materials in the world’s largest landfill just outside of Rio de Janeiro. The Hirshhorn will screen the film Sunday, May 28.

The programs mark the second installment in the Hirshhorn’s ongoing partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies, a global program that fosters public diplomacy through the visual arts. The collaboration will allow both institutions to develop international exhibitions, extended loans, artist residencies and programming.

Film Screening: Waste Land

Introduction and Post-Film Discussion with Vivaldo Santos, associate professor at Georgetown University

Sunday, May 28; 2 p.m.

Ring Auditorium

Meet the Artist: Vik Muniz

In conversation with Sarah Thornton

Wednesday, May 31; 6:30 p.m.

Ring Auditorium

Both events are free and open to the public, with first-come, first-served seating.

About the Hirshhorn

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is the national museum of modern and contemporary art and a leading voice for 21st-century art and culture. Part of the Smithsonian, the Hirshhorn is located prominently on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. With nearly 12,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media installations, works on paper and new media works, its holdings encompass one of the most important collections of postwar American and European art in the world. The Hirshhorn presents diverse exhibitions and offers an array of public programs on the art of our time – free to all, 364 days a year. For more information, visithirshhorn.si.edu.

About Art in Embassies

Art in Embassies (AIE) was initiated by the Museum of Modern Art in 1953 and formalized as part of the U.S. Department of State by the Kennedy Administration in 1963. For over 55 years, AIE’s global focus of cultural diplomacy through the visual arts has engaged over 23,000 partnerships with individual and institutional participants in over 200 venues in 189 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

 

 

 

 

 

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2018 A.W. Mellon Lectures, NGA: “The Forest: America…”

The Sixty-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

The Sixty-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Alexander Nemerov, Stanford University

The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts were established in 1949 to bring to the people of the United States the results of the best contemporary thought and scholarship bearing upon the subject of the fine arts

2018 dates

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    Herodotus among the Trees
    March 26 at 2:00
    East Building Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    Herodotus among the Trees
    (screening of the A. W. Mellon Lecture of March 26)
    March 29 at 12:00
    East Building Small Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    The Tavern to the Traveler: On the Appearance of John Quidor’s Art
    April 2 at 2:00
    East Building Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    The Tavern to the Traveler: On the Appearance of John Quidor’s Ar
    (screening of the A. W. Mellon Lecture of April 2)
    April 5 at 12:00
    East Building Small Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    The Aesthetics of Superstition
    April 9 at 2:00
    East Building Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    The Aesthetics of Superstition
    (screening of the A. W. Mellon Lecture of April 9)
    April 12 at 12:00
    East Building Small Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    Animals Are Where They Are
    April 23 at 2:00
    East Building Auditorium

    Immediately following the lecture Alexander Nemerov will be available in the atrium to sign copies of his recent books: Ralph Eugene Meatyard: American Mystic (2017), Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine (2016), and Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus & Howard Nemerov (2015).

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    Animals Are Where They Are
    (screening of the A. W. Mellon Lecture of April 23)
    April 26 at 12:00
    East Building Small Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    Emerson, Raphael, and Light Filtering through the Woods
    April 30 at 2:00
    East Building Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    Emerson, Raphael, and Light Filtering through the Woods
    (screening of the A. W. Mellon Lecture of April 30)
    May 3 at 12:00
    East Building Small Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    The Forest of Thought: On the Roof with Robert Montgomery Bird
    May 7 at 2:00
    East Building Auditorium

  • The Forest: America in the 1830s
    The Forest of Thought: On the Roof with Robert Montgomery Bird
    (screening of the A. W. Mellon Lecture of May 7)
    May 10 at 12:00
    East Building Small Auditorium

LECTURE SCREENINGS

In anticipation of high attendance, the six lectures in this series will be video recorded. A screening of the recording will be shown the Wednesday after each lecture in the East Building Small Auditorium at 12:00 p.m.

 

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MidCity Artists Open Studio and Camp REBOTH heART Benefit

SONDRA N. ARKIN

SAVE THESE DATES
– September 9th & October 12th –
I’m working hard in the studio with two big exhibitions in the Fall. More information on those to come.

Meanwhile, look for my work here and there — Long View Gallery in DC and in Rehoboth Beach, I’m back at the Ward Ellinger Gallery in the same space. (What? Me retire? he says.)

Contact me anytime . . . follow me on instagram (@sondranarkin) and please share this information with your friends.

CAMP Rehoboth 12 x 12 HeART Benefit
May 6 – 27, 2017
CAMP Rehoboth | 37 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Closing
Reception – Saturday, May 27, 4-6pm

For the month of May, and in support of their arts programming, CAMP Rehoboth is running an online art auction of 12×12″ art. Works are exhibited in their gallery throughout the month with a closing final bid reception May 27th. I’m delighted to have a sweet piece included that I hope finds a good home. Bid on work here.

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Rain Forest Dusk, wax/shellac/ink on dibond, 12×12″

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Hillyer Art Space Events: May and June

 

Join International Arts & Artists (IA&A) for Art in Context: Italy, a discussion on how contemporary artists in Italy are changing perceptions of Italian art and culture, and the broader socio-economic conditions impacting creative work and partnerships.

May 24, 6-8 pm
FREE; $8 suggested donation
Space is limited, please REGISTER in advance.

Panelists include:
  • Renato Miracco, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC.
  • Cianne Fragione, Artist, Educator, and second-generation Italian American.
  • Manuela Dimuccio Gonzalez, Youth-to-Youth (Y2Y) Steering Committee co-Chair at the World Bank Group and former Event Coordinator at the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, DC.
On view this month at IA&A’s Hillyer Art SpaceMARCO BAGNOLI, DOMENICO BIANCHI, REMO SALVADOR: From the Olnick Spanu Collection features work by three artists from the Olnick Spanu Collection who will also be part of the inaugural exhibition at Magazzino Italian Art, a new warehouse art space located in the Hudson Valley, NY. Dedicated to post-war and contemporary Italian art, Magazzino will open to the public by appointment on June 28, 2017. For the exhibition at Hillyer Art Space, Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu have selected Bagnoli, Bianchi, and Salvadori, whose work is imbued with the illustrious history of Italian art as well as a profound understanding of today’s world and man’s search for meaning. These artists represent the next generation, following the Arte Povera movement, who continue to explore the human condition and the greater cosmos, and are an example of the artistic talent flourishing in Italy today.
The Art in Context series is part of IA&A’s International Partnership Initiative, developed in 2013 to prioritize international work between U.S. arts institutions and their counterparts abroad by creating a forum for discussion and discovery among leaders in the arts, academic, diplomatic, and policy communities. Art in Context showcases artists and cultural organizations in the broader social, economic, and political context in which they exist.

Image: Continuo Infinito Presente by Remo Salvadori, from the Olnick Spanu Collection.

Thursday, June 8
Doors + Cocktails: 6pm
Demo + Workshop: 6:30-7:30pm
CLICK HERE for Tickets 

Hillyer Art Space present Chamber Dance Project: Ballet + Hip-hop Demo and Workshop.

Grab a cocktail on the way in and then join the incredible dancers and brass players of Chamber Dance Project for a interactive hip hop and ballet demo. Watch and learn excerpts from their hip-hop ballet from last season, Festival, which received standing (and dancing) ovations every night! With choreography by DC hip-hop dancer Victor Adebusola set to the to the music of Mosche Brass Band.

International Arts & Artists (IA&A) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally. IA&A’s programs include Hillyer Art Space, aTraveling Exhibition ServiceCultural Exchange Programs, and our Design Studio, all of which provide services to artists, cultural institutions, and the public.

 

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NGA, Starting October 22, 2017: Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

More than 20 years after the legendary exhibition Johannes Vermeer, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, will present Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry.

On view in the West Building from October 22, 2017, through January 21, 2018, the exhibition will examine the artistic exchanges among Dutch Golden Age painters from 1650 to 1675, when they reached the height of their technical ability and mastery at depicting domestic life.

Some 65 masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries—including Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Nicolas Maes, Eglon van der Neer, Caspar Netscher, and Jacob Ochtervelt—will be grouped by theme, composition, and technique, thereby demonstrating how these painters admired, challenged, and pushed each other to greater artistic achievement. The paintings also reflect how these masters responded to the changing artistic climate of the Dutch Republic in the third quarter of the 17th century, particularly in Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Deventer, Rotterdam, and Delft.

Since 1995 the Gallery’s curator of northern baroque paintings, Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., has mounted more than a dozen exhibitions on Dutch artists, including several featured in this exhibition. Among them are Johannes Vermeer (1995), Jan Steen (1996), Gerrit Dou (2000), Gerard ter Borch (2004–2005), Frans van Mieris (2006), and Gabriel Metsu (2011). As the culmination of these monographic exhibitions, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting will reveal how these painters were artistically more connected than has previously been understood.

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, and the Musée du Louvre, Paris. The exhibition will be on view at the National Gallery of Ireland from June 17 through September 17, 2017.

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Bethesda Fine Art: In Memoriam KENNETH VICTOR YOUNG

Kenneth Victor Young, Red Dance (1970), National Gallery of Art, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth Victor Young (1933-2017). Young had a far-reaching career as an artist, teacher and exhibit designer at the Smithsonian for 35 years. His early art education and teaching experience was in Louisville, Kentucky; Indiana University; and the University of Hawaii. He was an instructor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC.
Young’s artistic philosophy was to bring order out of chaos. His studies in physics and the natural sciences at Indiana University informed a different imagery-a fusion of brilliant colors. His knowledge of form and matter gave his paintings a spatial intensity, and he infused this space with multiple orbs of color held together in molecular suspension. For more than 40 years his artworks have been shown in group and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, including a major solo show in 1973 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington.
Young is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection and was included in its 2015 traveling exhibition, African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond. Young’s painting Red Dance is installed in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building. His painting Spring Rain is featured at the MGM Grand Resort & Casino at the National Harbor in Maryland. At the time of his passing, Ken had emerged as a pivotal force in African-American abstraction.
It has been an honor to represent Kenneth Victor Young at Bethesda Fine Art. We have had the unique opportunity to bring together his major paintings from the Washington Color School period of the ’60s and ’70s. We look forward to presenting Ken’s later body of work alongside his earlier paintings.

Bethesda Fine Art
4931 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland

For inquiries or to schedule an appointment:
gallery@bethesdafineart.com | 240.800.3628

 

 

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Organization of American States: Punctured Landscape

AMA | Art Museum of the Americas | 201 18th Street NW |
On view April 27 – July 30, 2017 |
Opening reception Thursday, April 27, 6-8pm | RSVP
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm | AMAmuseum.org

Programs

Wednesday, May 24 at 3:30pm
Panel discussion on the Evolution of Rights and Legal Protection of LBTI persons in Canada and the Americas

Wednesday, June 14 at 3:30pm
Panel discussion on Promoting and Protecting the Rights of Indigenous People in Canada

Washington, DC: The Organization of American States (OAS) AMA | Art Museum of the Americas in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Canada to the OAS presents its largest exhibition by Canadian artists: Punctured Landscape organized by the Canada Council for the Arts.

The exhibition marks Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, presenting artworks that explore themes of democracy, human rights, sustainability, security and national historical narratives in Canada. These moments range from celebratory milestones to difficult moments in Canada’s history, with particular attention paid to Indigenous issues.

Punctured Landscape recognizes Canada as an inclusive, multicultural nation that welcomes migrants and refugees, but also grapples to reconcile its own relationship with its Indigenous peoples. This exhibition illustrates how physical and social landscapes can define a nation’s challenges and successes, while also creating a space for dialogue and exchange.

Curated by Winnipegian Kegan McFadden, Punctured Landscape is a meditation on the Canadian social landscape. These works, and the moments that they represent are to be understood as punctures, as cues for a discussion on living memory. The 17 artworks brought together in the exhibit ask the viewer to (re)consider their interpretation of history, legacy, and possible outcomes for the future.

The exhibition is part of AMA’s temporary exhibitions program showcasing contemporary artists of OAS member countries. AMA is part of the OAS’s Secretariat for Hemispheric Affairs, and its work is based on the principle that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities, as visual components reflecting the four pillars of the OAS: democracy, human rights, security and development. AMA promotes the core values of the OAS by providing a space for cultural expression, creativity, and learning AMA’s work advances the inter-American agenda, drawing on the arts to showcase a constructive vision of the future of the Americas via local and hemispheric cultural exchange. This is achieved by showcasing cutting-edge exhibits of artists whose output creatively combine aesthetics with topical social and political issues. This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the OAS, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Friends of the Art Museum of the Americas.

Accessibility: AMA’s first floor is wheelchair accessible by a ramp that our security officers install per use, at the back entrance to the museum. There is a gravel pathway leading to the back entrance. There is one half-step leading from the first room into the first-floor galleries. There is a flight of winding stairs leading to the museum’s second floor. Restrooms are located on the second floor. For more information on accessibility, please contact 202 370 0147 or artmus@oas.org

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national public arts funder. It champions and invests in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life. In 2015-16 it allocated $157.4 million dollars towards artistic creation and innovation through grants, prizes and payments. It also conducts research, convenes activities and works with partners to advance the sector and help embed the arts more deeply in communities across the country. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future for Canadians. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.

Art Museum of the Americas 201 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006

 

 


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FREE Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend, June 3 & 4

Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Stretch your legs and your mind during the 34th Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk (June 3 and 4, 2017). Five diverse museums will open their doors free of charge for this weekend long celebration in one of Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful neighborhoods.  Discover Anderson HouseDumbarton HouseNational Museum of American Jewish Military HistoryThe Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House free of charge.

In addition to a wide variety of exhibitions, all sites are offering special programming. Celebrate the grand re-opening of Dumbarton House with a new exhibit and some yoga; hear stories from WWII veterans as well as genealogy tips at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Get creative with Jazz n’ Family Fun Days at The Phillips Collection, make your own Remembrance Poppy at Wilson House and a tricorn hat or WWI overseas cap at Anderson House.   And be sure to post your walk weekend photos on Instagram with the hashtag #walkdkmc – the best image submitted during the weekend wins a prize! Additional information on programming at individual sites is available below and at www.dkmuseums.com.

The Museum Walk event is held rain or shine. The National Museum of American Jewish Military History is open Sunday only.  A list of walking directions, bus routes, and bike rack locations will be available at each site and on our website. [Editors, please note:  NO shuttle service this year.]

For more information or images, visit www.dkmuseums.com or contact Sarah Andrews atsandrews@woodrowwilsonhouse.org

2017 Walk Weekend Activities

Post your walk weekend photos on Instagram with the hashtag #walkdkmc – the best image submitted during the weekend wins a prize! (Participants must post the photos that weekend. We will select our favorite as the winner.)

Anderson House – The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW

202-785-2040 x421

www.societyofthecincinnati.org

Make your own Revolutionary War tricorn hat and World War I overseas cap to wear while exploring our exhibition The Great Crusade: World War I and the Legacy of the American Revolution.

Dumbarton House

2715 Q Street, NW

202-337-2288 x222

www.dumbartonhouse.org

Dumbarton House will celebrate its grand reopening after completing a major construction project this past winter. Visitors are invited to tour the newly reinterpreted museum and explore an exciting new exhibit, The Exchange featuring a rarely exhibited original printing of the Articles of Confederation (1777) and a 2nd edition of The Federalist [Papers] (1818). Visitors will look back at some of our nation’s early debates around establishing a democratic republic and then be asked to reflect on current democratic principles of America. Enjoy light refreshments throughout the weekend and participate in the democratic process by sending postcards to their elected officials in support of an issue they care about. Continue the celebration on Sunday, with the seasonal kick off of Sunday Serenity Yoga at 10am in the tranquil East Park.

National Museum of American Jewish Military History
1811 R Street, NW

202-265-6280

www.nmajmh.org

SUNDAY ONLY:  An expert from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington will be here to answer your genealogy questions and Jewish War Veterans will be on hand to discuss

their own experiences in the military.

The Phillips Collection

1600 21st Street, NW

202-387-2151 x220

www.phillipscollection.org

Saturday, June 3, 10 am–5 pm

Sunday, June 4, noon–7 pm

In partnership with the Phillips, DC JazzFest celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with performances by more than a dozen regional artists and rising star ensembles at Jazz and Family Fun Days. This free, family-friendly weekend event features storytelling, unique meet-the-artist opportunities, an instrument petting zoo, hands-on art workshops, and more.

Check back for a detailed schedule of events at:  http://www.phillipscollection.org/events/2017-06-03-04-jazz-n-families-fun-days

The President Woodrow Wilson House

2340 S Street, NW

202-792-5807

www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org

Commemorate the US entry into WWI by making your own Remembrance Poppy and exploring our exhibition Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic, World War I Prints and Drawings from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library.  Enjoy the tranquil period garden and take a self-guided tour of the last home of President Woodrow Wilson.

The President Woodrow Wilson House | 2340 S Street, NW , Washington DC 20008
Main: 202.387.4062 | Direct: 202.792.5807 |  Email: sandrews@woodrowwilsonhouse.org |

The President Woodrow Wilson House is a National Trust Historic Site.

Visit us at www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org

 

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Impressionist Edgar Degas Explored in Conservation Journal “Facture”

 

Facture: Conservation, Science, Art History, Volume 3: Degas, edited by Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator and Suzanne Quillen Lomax, senior conservator scientist at the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Facture: Conservation, Science, Art History, Volume 3: Degas, edited by Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator and Suzanne Quillen Lomax, senior conservator scientist at the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Dedicated to Edgar Degas (1834–1917) in the centennial year of his death, the newest issue of the conservation division’s biennial journal Facture focuses on the tremendous wealth of works by Degas in the National Gallery of Art’s collection. The first to feature the work of a single artist, this issue includes essays by conservators, scientists, and curators. It presents insights into Degas’s working methods in painting, sculpture in wax and bronze, and works on paper, as well as a sonnet he wrote to his “little dancer.”

The National Gallery of Art has the third largest collection in the world of work by Degas, comprising 21 paintings, 65 sculptures, 34 drawings, 40 prints, 2 copper plates, and one volume of soft-ground etchings. Its extensive Degas holdings and conservation resources have inspired not only groundbreaking Gallery exhibitions—such as Degas, the Dancers (1984), Degas at the Races (1998), Degas’s Little Dancer (2014), and Degas/Cassatt (2014)—but also exhibitions around the world. Edgar Degas Sculpture (2010), the Gallery’s systematic catalog by Suzanne Glover Lindsay, Daphne S. Barbour, and Shelley G. Sturman (and also the first in that series to focus on a single artist), documents the Gallery’s superb collection of sculpture by Degas through art and science.

Previous issues of Facture brought together recent discoveries by conservators, scientists, and curators on the Gallery’s staff. The inaugural issue centered on Renaissance masterworks in the Gallery collection, from painting and drawing to sculpture and tapestry. Another volume considered “art in context,” focusing on works from the Renaissance as well as the 20th century, from Giotto’s Madonna and Child and Riccio’s Entombment to paintings by Mark Rothko, sculptures by Auguste Rodin, and watercolors by John Marin. Through meticulous technical and analytical study, placed in a broader historic context, the essays provide new perspectives on well-known works of art.

Facture is available for purchase in the Gallery shops. To order: shop.nga.gov; (800) 697-9650 or (202) 842-6002; fax (202) 789-3047; mailorder@nga.gov. For more information: www.nga.gov/facture

Essays

Degas and Difficulty
Richard Kendall, renowned independent Degas scholar and the only outside contributor to this volume, discusses some of the issues raised by technical examination of the artist’s work and introduces the other essays in the context of Degas scholarship. Kendall explores Degas’s artistic practice of seeking out difficulty, pushing himself as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and poet.

The Question of Finish in the Work of Edgar Degas
An essay by Ann Hoenigswald, senior conservator of paintings, and Kimberly A. Jones, curator of 19th-century paintings, combines insights into Degas’s compulsive working sessions and his inability to “finish” a work of art. They describe various surfaces—often found in the same work—used by Degas, who valued flexibility and potential over preservation and closure.

Edgar Degas’s Wax Sculptures: Characterization and Comparison with Contemporary Practice
Degas used wax modeling to explore particular poses and gestures of female figures and horses moving through space. Based on earlier research performed for the systematic catalog on Degas (2010), Suzanne Quillen Lomax, senior conservation scientist, Barbara H. Berrie, head of the scientific research department, and conservation scientist Michael Palmer, have more precisely distinguished them from posthumous repairs and interventions.

Casting Degas’s Sculpture into Bronze: A Closer Look
Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator, and Shelley Sturman, head of objects conservation, analyzed approximately 200 bronze sculptures by Degas from museum collections around the world. Building on their earlier work for the 2010 Degas systematic catalog, the authors here focus on the complex topic of the posthumously cast bronzes and summarize their discoveries in historical and technical contexts.

Technical Exploration of Edgar Degas’s Ballet Scene: A Late Pastel on Tracing Paper
Michelle Facini, paper conservator, Kathryn A. Dooley, research scientist, John K. Delaney, senior imaging scientist, together with Lomax and Palmer performed an intensive study of Degas’s late pastel Ballet Scene (c. 1907) that revealed his innovative use of tracing paper, charcoal, pastel, and fixative to create original effects.

In Focus: Edgar and Mary Cassatt: A Comparison of Drawings for Soft-Ground Etchings
Kimberly Schenck, head of paper conservation, studied work by Degas and Mary Cassatt (1845–1926) for the unrealized journal of etchings Le Jour et la nuit (Day and Night) and discusses the tools and methods each artist used. Focusing on the prints related to Degas’s Mary Cassatt at the Louvre: The Etruscan Gallery (c. 1879), Schenck traces the artist’s development of related images across media.

In Focus: The Little Dancer in Wax and Words: Reading a Sonnet by Edgar Degas
Alison Luchs, curator of early European sculpture and deputy head of sculpture and decorative arts, explores the ideas and emotions behind Degas’s sonnet, Little Dancer (1889; revised and published 1914), addressed to a young ballerina whom he hoped would ascend the heights of her art. Luchs’s analysis of verbal clues in the sonnet sheds light on changes Degas made in the course of modeling Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1878–1881).

Edgar Degas (1834–1917)

The eldest son of a Parisian banker, Degas complemented his brief academic art training at the École des Beaux-Arts by copying old master paintings both in Italy, where he spent three years (1856–1859), and at the Louvre. Degas early on developed a rigorous drawing style and a respect for line that he would maintain throughout his career. His first independent works were portraits and history paintings, but in the early 1860s he began to paint scenes from modern life. He started with the world of horse racing and by the end of the 1860s had also turned his attention to the theater and ballet.

In 1873 Degas banded together with other artists interested in organizing independent exhibitions without juries. He became a founding member of the group that soon would be known as the impressionists, participating in six impressionist exhibitions between 1874 and 1886.

Despite his long and fruitful association with the impressionists, Degas considered himself a realist. His focus on urban subjects, artificial light, and careful drawing distinguished him from other impressionists, who worked outdoors, painting directly from their subjects. A steely observer of everyday scenes, Degas tirelessly analyzed positions, gestures, and movement.

Degas developed distinctive compositional techniques, viewing scenes from unexpected angles and framing them unconventionally. He experimented with a variety of media, including pastels, photography, and monotypes, and he used novel combinations of materials in his works on paper and canvas and in his sculptures.

Degas was often criticized for depicting unattractive models from Paris’ working class, but a few writers, like realist novelist Edmond de Goncourt, championed Degas as “the one who has been able to capture the soul of modern life.” By the late 1880s, Degas was recognized as a major figure in the Paris art world. Financially secure, he could be selective about exhibiting and selling his work. He also bought ancient and modern works for his own collection, including paintings by El Greco, Édouard Manet, and Paul Gauguin. Depressed by the limitations of his failing eyesight, he created nothing after 1912; when he died in 1917, he was hailed as a French national treasure. After his death, deteriorating sculptures whose existence had been unknown to all but his closest associates were found in his studio: 74 of them were cast in bronze over the next decades, and of the 70 that survived the process 52 came to the National Gallery of Art as gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, including Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.

 

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New Acquisitions: Bethesda Fine Art

Sam Gilliam, Kenneth Young, Jacob Kainen, Howard Mehring, Paul Reed

SAM GILLIAM
For the Fog series, 1996
mixed media, app. 45″ x 29″
KENNETH YOUNG
Dance, c. 1970
acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 41″

JACOB KAINEN

Loomings II, 1991
acrylic on canvas, 50″ x 60″

HOWARD MEHRING

Untitled, 1967
acrylic on canvas, 57″ x 48″

HOWARD MEHRING

Double, 1977-1978
acrylic on canvas, 68″ x 66″

PAUL REED

#5 A, 1965
acrylic on canvas, 57½” x 44″
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