Art Wrap

Bazille at the National Gallery

About two years ago, I flew to South Africa to visit my mother’s family (she moved to America shortly ...

Book Hill Art Walk, May 5

The Georgetown Galleries of Book Hill will host their annual Spring Art Walk this Friday, May 5, from 6 to ...

Herman Leonard’s Jazz Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

In all of American art, there is no contribution more significant to history than jazz.

It is difficult to overstate ...

S&R's 'Ward 12' Showcases Inaugural Arts Fellows

An exhibition by the 12 artists in S&R Foundation's Studio Arts Program will run through Saturday, Dec. 17, at Halcyon House.

A Joyful Reunion With The National Gallery's East Building

Three years ago, the National Gallery of Art began a major renovation and expansion of its East Building, one of ...

DC Artswatch 10-12

An open reading of the words of Zelda Fichandler, founding artistic director of Arena Stage, will take place at the ...

‘Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater’ at the Sackler

Since the early 20th century, Saudi Arabia has experienced extraordinary political, economic and social transformation. However, the only perspective that ...

This Friday: Spring Art Walk on Wisconsin Avenue

The Book Hill galleries open their doors for a night of open houses.

Year of the Bard

This is William Shakespeare’s year, and April is William Shakespeare’s month.

In April, we celebrate both the Bard ...

DC Artswatch

The annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums, the world’s largest gathering of museum professionals, will be held ...

DC Artswatch

An opening date was announced for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American Art and Culture, which has reached ...

Georgetown Artists on Display at House of Sweden

The artwork of Georgetown artists is now on view at the House of Sweden, 11 a.m. to 5 p ...

DC Artswatch

“Belize 35,” an exhibition marking the 35th anniversary of Belize independence, will run from Feb. 11 through March 13 at ...

Freer Gallery to Close for Renovations, Jan. 4

The Freer Gallery of Art, the oldest of the Smithsonian Institution’s art museums, will be closed for renovations from ...

Art for the Holiday Season

John Blee at Cross MacKenzie

For John Blee, painting is poetry and color is its language.

“Color determines the voice ...

‘Gauguin to Picasso’ at the Phillips

Among our intermingling generations of highly fluent arts enthusiasts, there are loose classifications and widely shared sentiments around various periods ...

Artswatch: December 2, 2015

The older of the Smithsonian’s two interconnected museums of Asian art, the Freer Gallery of Art will close for ...

‘Wonder’ at the Renewed Renwick Gallery

Let’s cut to the chase: “Wonder,” the inaugural exhibition at the Smithsonian's newly reopened Renwick Gallery, is the ...

Irving Penn at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

In preparing to write a piece on a new exhibition, I often sit down with the catalogue after my visit ...

Join Us at Our Oct. 8 Cultural Leadership Breakfast Featuring DC JazzFest Executive Director Sunny Sumter

Come have breakfast with The Georgetowner at the George Town Club on Oct. 8 and get a peek "backstage" at the DCJazzFest with executive director Sunny Sumter.

Phillips Concert Series at 75

The Phillips Collection, one of Washington’s most esteemed and intimate art museums, is marking the 75th anniversary of its ...

Fall Visual Arts Highlights

Surrealist sculpture at the Hirshhorn, five decades of a groundbreaking print studio at the National Gallery, a woman’s lens ...

Hell, Purgatory and Heaven at the Museum of African Art

“The Divine Comedy,” the National Museum of African Art’s current exhibition, on view through Nov. 1, toys with the ...

Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye

We are welcomed into the National Gallery of Art, just past its pantheonic atrium, by the paintings of Manet, Renoir ...

'American Moments' at Phillips Collection

One of the reasons that museum exhibitions of photography are so satisfying, I think, is because we connect with the ...

Sinatra Tribute Concert at Kennedy Center Gathers the Old, Fans and Fun

Last weekend at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, a still lively group of members of the Greatest Generation filled the hall to capacity for “Let’s Be Frank: The Songs of Frank Sinatra."

Photography as Fine Art, Then and Now

We live in a time when photographs are not sacred. And that’s okay. In a lot of ways, it ...

Steven Knapp's Wide Embrace: GW and the Arts

There is a lot more to Steven Knapp, 16th president of the George Washington University, than meets the eye. Standing ...

May 7 Cultural Leadership Breakfast: George Washington University President Steven Knapp

Wrapping up Georgetown Media Group's spring round of Cultural Leadership breakfasts, Dr. Steven Knapp, president of the George Washington ...

Kay Jackson at Addison/Ripley Fine Art

A closer look at Kay Jackson's current exhibit of paintings, on view at Addison/Ripley Fine Art through May 2, which represent a quarter century of focus on environmental concerns in her work, which point to an interconnection of all life on earth.

'Elaine de Kooning: Portraits'

In the decade following World War II, a 40-year-old Dutch immigrant named Willem de Kooning dominated New York City's ...

National Portrait Gallery's Kim Sajet Delights at the George Town Club

Kim Sajet is shy.

All right, she’s not shy. Not at all.

The new (relatively, since 2013) director of ...

'Mingering Mike' at the American Art Museum

The magic of Mingering Mike is wondrous, unprecedented and seems to occupy an almost unimaginable crossroads in American art: both deeply resonant within the unmediated freeform heritage of folk art, and rooted entirely in popular culture.

NGA to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Photo Collection

Three special exhibitions in 2015 will mark the 25th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art’s photography collection. Two ...

A Summer for All at Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap Foundation announced its first group of over 50 offerings for summer 2015 at the Filene Center in Vienna ...

Dazzling, Dizzying Iberian Festival Opens at the Kennedy Center

“Iberian Suite” is a vast, nearly month-long festival of the arts and many other things, focusing on the world-wide cultural offerings of Spain and Portugal.

Cultural Ins and Outs

IN - Textile Museum

After nearly 90 years in Kalorama, the Textile Museum will open March 21 in a new Foggy ...

Ari Roth: a Legacy on 16th Street, a Launch on H

We caught up with Ari Roth, until December artistic director of Theater J, a few days before he spoke at ...

Oscars 2015: Academy Awards Predictions

Movie buff Dave Roffman, retired publisher of the Georgetowner, chimes in during Oscars weekend and calls it for "Birdman."

Man Ray at the Phillips: Surrealism and My Discontent

I need to get something off my chest. Surrealism annoys me a little. Oddly enough, I had a damn good time at the Phillips Collection’s latest exhibition, “Man Ray – Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare,” on view through May 10.

Georgetown Arts 2015 Set to Open Feb. 12 at House of Sweden

Sponsored by the Citizens Association of Georgetown, the visual arts exhibition is a chance to see some favorite local artists -- and is free to the public.

‘Picturing Mary’: Ambitious Show at Museum of Women in the Arts

Virgin Most Prudent, Mirror of Justice, Ark of the Covenant, Queen of the Confessors. These are a few of the 50 titles of Mary in the Litany of Loreto, stenciled on a wall in the exhibition “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea.”

Last Chance to Catch Platinum Prints at NGA

As a natural response to the rapid development of science and technology, the arena of fine art underwent many distinct mutations toward the end of the 19th century.

Holiday Arts Preview : Visual

“A Tribute to Anita Reiner” at the Phillips Collection (through Jan. 4)

The career of Anita Reiner, one of Washington ...

Fall Visual Arts Preview Seeing is Believing

National Portrait Gallery

“Out of Many, One” by Jorge Rodriquez-Gerada Through Oct. 31, 2015 A grand landscape portrait by Cuban ...

‘Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler’ at the Hirshhorn

The word “terrain” comes to mind a lot at the Hirshhorn’s current exhibit, “Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler.” Scarpitta (1919–2007 ...

‘Russian Kaleidoscope’ Gala

How often does one get to hear an electric guitarist improvise on famous themes from Russian music?

“We have upped ...

Georgetown Gallery Scene Makes a Resurgence

Increasingly each September, as the summer folds into a weave of warm rainstorms and cool, damp evenings, the anticipation of ...

Degas/Cassatt at the National Gallery of Art

The most prominently misunderstood woman in art history is probably Mary Cassatt. But when Edgar Degas first saw her paintings, he saw a like-minded artist he longed to work with. Through the pivotal first years of Impressionism, they forged a new era of artistic thought.

A Midsummer Night’s Gallery Guide

A guide to this month’s standout gallery exhibits around the city, for those of us who could use some ...

Landscapes in an Era of Surveillance

Painting en plein air is a simple artistic ideal, a French expression which means “in the open air.” It calls ...

Multi-Media Carmen Comes to Wolf Trap

When audience members arrive at the Wolf Trap Filene Center for the July 25 Wolf Trap Opera Company’s production ...

Celebrating Self-Taught Social Realist Ralph Fasanella

Happy 100th birthday, Ralph Fasanella. A self-taught artist who painted for 30 years before his greatness was recognized, Fasanella (1914-1997 ...

Museum Guide: Two to View

“Speculative Forms” at the Hirshhorn

Speculative realism is a philosophical notion that emphasizes equal relationships among subject, object and space ...

A Lifelong Portrait of London’s River

James McNeill Whistler, perhaps America's most renowned painter of the 19th century, spent his most productive years in London, living on the River Thames and capturing its hazy, mechanical majesty.

At The Phillips Collection: “Made in the USA”

American art before 1950 is all but omitted from the Western canon. Frequently perceived as an obscure assortment of simple ...

Andrew Wyeth at the National Gallery: ‘Looking Out, Looking In’

Compared with Cubism, performance art, film and digital media, a painting of meadow grass and an old barn does not seem exactly groundbreaking. Yet Andrew Wyeth, a rural painter of American regionalist life and landscapes from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, captured the imagination of the 20th century, and his work continues to challenge and inspire new generations today.

Skirting Gravity’s Edge At The Hirshhorn

It is mesmerizing to walk into a room occupied by raw, pure and simple color. In the same way that ...

Beauty in It All: 'Garry Winogrand' at the National Gallery

The view through a lens is an ever more common filter through which we look at even the smallest and most fleeting of details around us. There are many people today who would consider this trend detrimental to something like social consciousness. But looking at the photographs of Garry Winogrand, it can be considered nothing less than genius.

Robert Nixon’s ‘Mission Blue’ at the Environmental Film Festival

A documentary on ocean explorer Cynthia Earle tells the story of her photographic work and the threatened aquatic life she loves.

Spring Visual Arts Preview

National Portrait Gallery

Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction

April 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Portraiture in the ...

‘TIP’ and Lots of Play at Carnegie Museum

In 1974, the stark exterior of the Sarah Mellon Scaife Galleries became the new gateway to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum ...

Fine Arts: New Year’s Promises

2014 is a promising year for the fine arts in Washington, with exhibitions of European master Edgar Degas and American ...

A Dying Gaul in Washington, D.C.

Occasionally, a work of art comes along that cuts right through the static noise of the modern scene. It reflects ...

Opposing Forces: Two Exhibits to See Before Christmas

Thanksgiving came and went, and the Christmas lights went up faster than you can say “Black Friday.” The season is ...

Restored Film on JFK Colors His and Our Lives

Friday, November 22, will be day of remembering all over Washington, D.C., and the country and the world, but ...

Changing the Eyes of the World: ‘Van Gogh Repetitions’ at the Phillips Collection

Vincent van Gogh was a desperate and lonely genius, so the story goes. The images he made are so recognizable and his life so notorious that we sometimes forget how awfully damn good of a painter he happened to be.

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation on Christie's Auction Block

The first president's proclamation for the first Thanksgiving Day is being bid on at Christie's New York.

For New Gallery, Proof Is in the Artist

An gallery for emerging artists has opened in Georgetown's happening little lane, Cadys Alley.

Modern ‘Leger’ in Philly

In the catalogue for the exhibition “Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis,” a photograph shows the painter at the opening ...

Fusion at the Art Museum of the Americas

Walking through "Fusion," the recent exhibit of modern Latin American paintings at the Art Museum of the Americas, art historian ...

Book Hill Galleries of Georgetown Host Fall Season Art Kick-Off

Up on Wisconsin Avenue, the galleries of Book Hill celebrate the autumnal equinox and open their doors to art lovers.

Da Vinci Notes on Flight Land at Air and Space Museum

In a unique gesture, a notebook about flying by Leonardo da Vinci is exhibited at the Air and Space Museum.

Visual Arts: Freer’s Japan, Whistler and August Saint-Gaudens

Freer - Sackler Aug. 24 – Feb. 9, 2014 Charles Freer and the Arts of Japan Between 1895 and 1911, Charles Lang ...

'War/Photography' at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

There are pictures of soldiers in “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath,” whose faces are indelibly distant ...

Marshall’s America

One of the most celebrated painters currently working in the United States, Marshall makes work about African American identity and experience, and the narratives of their history that have been widely excluded from our country’s ever broadening patrimony. He also proves himself a discerning and eloquent ambassador to not only his own work, but to art history and an alternative American heritage.

Farewell to the Parish Gallery

The Parish Gallery, located at Canal Square, will soon close. Its final exhibit opens Friday, June 21, with a 6 p.m. reception.

‘Over Under Next’ Experiments in Mixed Media 1913 – Present

It is important to believe that something significant can be born out of us, because we ourselves are significant. We ...

Dreyfuss at the Kreeger: Union of City and Culture

People in the culture-noticing business often talk about Washington, D.C., treasures, hidden or obvious.  They mean old, historical homes ...

Book Hill Gallery Walk

There is more to see as spring rears its head than most people can take in, artistically speaking, let alone ...

Book Hill Art Gallery Walk

There is more to see as spring rears its head than most people can take in, artistically speaking, let alone ...

...Now for the Helen Hayes Awards

If you wanted diversity in the theater and in theater awards, then that’s what you got at the 29th ...

Seventies Exhibit at National Archives

The more distant the recent past becomes, the more it tends to appear in our immediate rear view mirrors.

In ...

Art Walk: Dupont Circle

Hillyer Art Gallery 9 Hillyer Court, NW

Through March 29, Hillyer Art Space is hosting three exhibitions ...

Wolf Trap: New Season, New Leader

We are lucky that lovers of the performing arts have so many venues to choose from, especially for outdoor concerts ...

Performing Arts Calendar

BUT NOT FOR LONG Here are our selections of some eclectic, shouldn’t-miss offerings now at local theaters ...

Concert Calendar

Wolf Trap Helen Reddy, March 7 & 8
 Catie Curtis, March 28
 John Eaton, March 30
 A Prairie Home Companion, May ...

Environmental Film Festival Coming March 12

Two weeks before show time, the Environmental Film Festival's office on 31st Street NW is a place of quiet ...

'Pump Me Up' Opening Revels in '80s Subculture

The opening reception of "Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s" celebrated D.C.'s graffiti, Go-Go and hardcore punk scenes at the Corcoran Gallery of Art this Feb. 22.

Art Walk: Logan Circle

Hamiltonian Gallery 1353 U St., NW Hamiltonian Fellows Jerry Truong and 
Annette Isham are two artists that ...

Double Your Mamet at Roundhouse and Theater J

The Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md., isn’t a huge, cavernous space. It’s both modern and inviting, a ...

The Parish Gallery, 22 Years Strong

Occasionally, an art gallery comes along that helps define a neighborhood’s culture. When Norman Parish saw a “Gallery Space ...

Three Exhibits to See in the New Year

PISSARRO ON PAPER Through March 31 The renowned French Impressionist Camille Pissarro is best remembered for his striking atmospheric landscape ...

Zach Appelman Stuns as Henry V at the Folger

Zach Appelman is a lot of things.

He’s a native Californian, an actor, and a onetime student. He’s ...

Holiday of Love

Each month, interior designer Cynthia Reed and style-savvy publisher Sonya Bernhardt will collaborate on a window of inspiration, while celebrating ...

The Georgetowner’s Fourth Annual Photo Competition

As 2013 rears its flu-riddled head, weary from a long year of bitter political standoffs and tempestuous clashes of conflicting ...

‘Portraiture Now’ at the National Portrait Gallery

Over thousands of years, portraiture has taken on a history and life of its own. In Egypt and other ancient ...

Hurley's Icy Images of Shackleton's Trek at Ralls Collection

"The Photographs of Frank Hurley" From the Antarctic Remain at the Ralls Collection Through Dec. 15.

Ai Weiwei at the Hirshhorn

On May 12, 2008, an earthquake devastated the Sichuan province of central China, and more than 5,000 children lost ...

Non- Holiday Winter Arts Preview

Non- Holiday Winter Arts Preview

Benjamin Abramowitz at Whittemore House Museum

A legendary Washington artist's work is on display.

A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I – XVIII at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

There is an exacting notion of displacement that permeates the current work of artist Taryn Simon, on display at the ...

A Full House at the Phillips Collection

Since it first opened its doors in 1921, the Phillips Collection has been revered as a pioneer in contemporary art ...

14th Street Gallery Walk

The first flecks of yellow are dotting the trees around Washington, a seasonal indicator that, among other things, signals the ...

Georgetown Art Walk

Unique things are happening in Georgetown’s gallery community. From microscopic sculptures, to affordable contemporary art sales, to themed shows ...

City Center Gallery Walk

The American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead was a keen observer of the riches of modern city life. She spoke of ...

Richard Diebenkorn: Everything All At Once

Through the end of September, the Corcoran Gallery of Art is hosting “Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series,” a retrospective of the artist’s landmark series made between 1967 and 1988, which marks the first major museum exhibition focused on these luminous, grid-like paintings.

ART METAMORPHOSIS Gala at Georgetown Waterfront

Art Metamorphosis Gala was a great success with over 3500 attendees in attendance including DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

For ...

Dupont Circle Art Walk

In Washington, there might not be a more accommodating neighborhood for contemporary visual art than Dupont Circle. It started as ...

Corcoran Free Summer Saturdays Commence

Each summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Corcoran Gallery of Art drops its admission fees on Saturdays, offering their impressive and engaging collection to the community.

Beyond the Blooming Sculpture Gardens

the Hirshhorn isn’t lacking for new outdoor installations, and neither is the National Museum of Women in the Arts. And now is just the right time of year to be outside and experience them.

The Soul of DC’s Jazz Festival

Washington has its own culture —and it’s not just the whole center-of-the world, seat-of-government thing. It’s about music ...

Renegade DC

Picture the statues of soldiers at the Korean War Memorial. Nineteen stainless steel troops, each one a modest giant over ...

Mount Fuji’s Fleeting Immortality

The works of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai have matured into icons of world art, most famously his woodblock prints of Mount Fuji. Through June 17 2012, the Sackler Gallery is exhibiting the full collection these original prints, showcasing the intricate beauty, intimacy and grandiosity of these masterworks.

The Art of Japan At The Textile Museum and the National Gallery

When taking on the art of an unfamiliar cultural tradition, it’s difficult to know where to start. There are ...

Theater Shorts: Shakespeare, Sinatra, O'Neill and Twist

Two Shrews, a mock Shakespeare trial, Sinatra and a tango or two, O’Neill still running strong and Arias with ...

Gallery Walk

Canal Square and Beyond

Nestled in a brick courtyard at M and 31st Streets, walking into Canal Square on the ...

National Gallery of Art Makes Digital Images of Collection Available through Launch of NGA Images

The National Gallery of Art has announced the launch today of NGA Images, a new online resource that revolutionizes the way the public may interact with its world-class collection.

Dutch Golden Age Celebrated at National Gallery With 'Civic Pride' Portraits

"Civic Pride: Dutch Group Portraits from Amsterdam" is now on view at the National Gallery of Art. The special installation involves two large-scale group portraits, rarely seen outside the Netherlands.

A Golden Passion: The Art of Bill Adair

Bill Adair is among a small handful of international authorities on frame fabrication, conservation and the nearly extinct art of gilding. He has employed his expertise extensively with every major museum in the city and consults with gallerists, architectural firms and private collectors throughout the world. His eyes look not into a work of art from the outside, but out from the artwork into the world it reflects.

14th and U Street Gallery Walk

Just a few blocks from the Dupont Circle and McPherson Square Metro stations, the art galleries around 14th Street, between ...

Georgetown Gallery Walk: Book Hill

The Georgetown galleries on Book Hill are one of the few remaining true gallery clusters in the city. This group of galleries offers us a great variety of works to explore, from renowned glasswork to classic landscapes and the contemporary and avant-garde.

Through the Post-Impressionist Lens

“Snapshots: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard,” the newest exhibit at The Phillips Collection, deals extensively with the Post-Impressionists, rethinking the movement and redefining everything in its wake.

NGA's French Galleries Re-open Jan. 28 to Renewed Radiance and Delight

After two years of renovation, the National Gallery of Art will reopen its galleries devoted to impressionism and post-impressionism to the public on Saturday, Jan. 28. Housed in the west building of the gallery, the installation displays some of the greatest paintings by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin on view anywhere.

National Gallery Opens Landmark Exhibits

Pablo Picasso was a master draftsman. Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione paved the road to Impressionism. And at last, we have our French galleries back, offering a renewed showcase for the Chester Dale Collection. And it's all at the National Gallery of Art.

Annie Leibovitz's Pilgrimage

Annie Leibovitz was a 21-year-old student when her portrait of John Lennon ran on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1971. Now, for the first time in her career, she works beyond the pop culture lens with an exhibit at the American Art Museum.

Kay Jackson at Addison/Ripley

Kay Jackson is a local artist whose paintings have garnered national and international acclaim. Her current exhibition at Addison/Ripley Fine art, running through March 3, continues her decades-long pursuit and calls upon the near extinct artistic tradition of gilding to help communicate her vision.

The Perfect Season for Visual Arts

The winter months often bring us rich and subtle experiences, opening the doors to work that might not have the opportunity to shine during the busy season. Here are some great exhibitions on the very near horizon.

3rd Annual Photo Competition

For our third year running, The Georgetowner’s annual photo competition has let us reach into the community and ask our readers for their most memorable scenes of the last year. Here's a look back at Washington through the eyes of the community in 2011.

Georgetown Gallery Wrap

Georgetown’s gallery scene is a lot like the neighborhood itself: contemporary but historic, friendly and intelligent, beautiful and resonant ...

Inside Art Basel

By Adrian Loving

Miami, Fla. – recently, scores of Washington, D.C., curators, collectors, dealers, artists and art enthusiasts descended on ...

Gallery Wrap

Needless to say, the holidays are upon us—the season of giving. And to declare that a work of art ...

'Amazing!' Mel Bochner in the Tower

An art professor once gave me a great piece of advice: “Whenever you look at a work of art,” he ...

“A Song for the Horse Nation”

In the pictorial lexicon of American history, there is perhaps no image more potent and quixotic than the archetype of ...

‘30 Americans’ Say It Loud

Walking up the grand staircase of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and into the rotunda, a noose tied at the ...

100 Years of Quiet Wonder: Harry Callahan at the NGA

This fall art season has brought a number of heavy-hitting exhibits to the Washington stage. Edgar Degas’ dancers arrived en ...

Theo Adamstein: Photo Enthusiast for FotoWeek DC

In a time when everyone is seen as being passionate about something, be it ever so trivial, it’s not ...

From Art to Email: A Brief History of Photography.

Since its inception, photography has been a fusion between science and the creative eye. The first permanent photograph was produced ...

Shoot Like a Pro: Get the Most Out of Your Digital Camera.

The current crop of digital cameras puts enormous power in your hands, but you have to know how to use ...

Edgar Degas at the Phillips Collection

As geniuses tend to be, Edgar Degas was a compulsive revisionist. Returning to his canvases again and again, often over the course of decades, the artist left behind a wealth of visual pathways into his process upon his death in 1917.

Gallery Wrap

Hemphill Fine Arts Models of Freedom

Contemporary Russian art is not usually an uplifting experience. Decades of social and political ...

Fall Arts Preview: Gallery Guide

Here is a list of some of the District’s most anticipated gallery offerings this season. Go experience it for yourself. Go stand in front of a painting on a crisp autumn evening with a glass of free wine in one hand and a hunk of stinky cheese in the other. I dare you not to feel alive.

John Blee: The Poetry of Color

If color is a language, then John Blee can be considered a lyric poet. The Washington painter, whose solo exhibition ...

Fall Visual Art Preview 2011

The visual arts are the quiet arts, the arts of contemplation, the finished art.

When we see a painting in ...

Fall Performance Art Preview 2011

When Arena Stage brought back its hugely successful season and theater opening production of the very-much-a-staple Rodger Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma ...

Faces of the Nation: Politics in Art

History surrounds us in Washington, politics is the humidity of our daily lives as much as suffocating temperatures and the ...

Changing 14th Street

In just two decades, the street formerly dubbed “auto row” has been reborn as the Fourteenth Street Arts Corridor – a hip, fun stretch of road lined with trendy boutiques, cute restaurants and of course, art galleries exhibiting a wealth of talents, styles and expressions.

Georgetown Art Map

Susan Calloway Fine Arts

1643 Wisconsin Ave | 202.965.4601 | | T –St 10-5 | A bright gallery filled ...

Norman Parish Gallery 20th Anniversary

From the beginning, the relationship between Norman Parish and his wife Gwen centered around a deep appreciation for talent and beauty, values that come to life in the Norman Parish Gallery’s 20th Anniversary exhibition, “Living Embodiments: Artistic Expressions of Being” which will run until July 12.

Maurine Littleton Gallery

The artists on exhibit at the Maurine Littleton Gallery bring to life an otherwise cold and transparent medium in their ...

An Intermission for Cross MacKenzie Gallery

Cross MacKenzie Gallery will be relocating to a new space downtown over the course of the summer. She sat down to speak with us about her personal history, her experiences in Georgetown, owning a gallery in today’s economy, and the blessings and burdens of championing the sculptural and ceramic arts.

An Artist Visits the White House Past: The Paintings of Peter Waddell

very Tuesday and Thursday through July 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the White House Visitor Center, artist Peter Waddell will discuss his paintings in the exhibit, “An Artist Visits the White House Past.” The exhibit presents fourteen paintings commissioned by the White House Historical Association.

Gallery Wrap

Here are some highlights from the local gallery scene, with exhibitions range from painter Ed Cooper's bucolic landscapes at Susan Calloway Fine Art, to the multifaceted and effusive group show from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts faculty at the Parish Gallery.

Nam June Paik and Lewis Baltz at the NGA

Nam June Paik and Lewis Baltz are not a likely association. The two artists never met in any substantial capacity or worked together, nor did they express any noted interest in one another. What they do have in common is that their works are both on display in compelling, complimentary exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art.

Sam Gilliam & The Phillips Collection

As a painter who has never abandoned his city, Sam Gilliam’s installation at The Phillips Collection is an achievement for the arts in Washington, reinforcing the community among the city’s visual arts efforts and breathing new life into the Phillips as a contemporary art museum.

“20 Years, 20 Artists” at The Ralls Collection

The Ralls Collection has assembled another monumental exhibition, significant to the local community and the artistic community at large, which bridges an array of styles and influence into a cohesive and relevant body of works. It is only March, but this exhibition will surely go down as one of the major arts events of 2011.

Paradise and Modernism: Gauguin at the National Gallery

Gauguin fills the National Gallery with some spectacular works that changed the form and focus of art. Gauguin's color greatly influenced the 20th century, and it was unlike anything in earlier European art. When he joined his talents to his quest for a paradise unfettered by modern civilization, his work broke into a powerful dreamscape.

Spring Visual Arts Preview 2011

Take a look into this art season's highlights, from Alexander Caulder and Gaugin, to the Phillips Collection's 90th anniversary and the innovations of the Textile Museum

Corcoran Gallery of Art

NEXT at the Corcoran: BFA Class of 2011
April 23–May 22, 2011

On the footsteps of Corcoran’s progressive ...

Freer | Sackler

Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan
February 26–July 31, 2011 (Sackler Gallery)

Majestic sixth-century Chinese ...

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977
February 24, 2011- May 15, 2011

Palermo (1943-1977), renowned throughout Europe as an influential postwar painter ...

The Kreeger Museum

In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists
January 15 - February 26, 2011

The Kreeger initiated this exhibition with DC artist Sam ...

The Phillips Collection

90 Years of New – 90th Anniversary

Since it first opened its doors in 1921, The Phillips Collection has been revered ...

National Gallery of Art

Gauguin: Maker of Myth
February 27–June 5, 2011

Gauguin (1848–1903) was one of the most traveled artists in ...

The National Portrait Gallery

Calder’s Portraits: A New Language
March 11-August 14, 2011

Most people recognize Calder (1898-1976) for his grandly ambitious, larger-than-life ...

Smithsonian American Art Museum

To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America
March 11, 2011 – September 5, 2011

During the 1940s, painter George ...

The Textile Musem

Green: the Color and the Cause
April 16 -September 11, 2011

This exhibition will celebrate everything green, both as a ...

Tamara Laird's "Paisley Monuments"

The Cross Mackenzie Gallery, in Canal Square in Georgetown, has kicked off their artistic season with a small but resounding triumph. “Paisley Monuments,” the gallery’s latest exhibition of DC artist Tamara Laird, brings together a playful, natural whimsy with serene elegance, offering a fittingly contemporary aesthetic in a subtle sea of history.

Curating for a Cause and Jackie Cantwell

Jackie Cantwell is a courageous young dynamo in the DC art world who has created Curating For A Cause, an ...

Behind the Walls of Jackson Art Center

Come to the Jackson Art Center's Open Studio on Sunday, December 5, from 12 to 5pm, to see the variety of painting styles and the abundance of talent present in many media behind the walls of the Jackson Art Center.

Ari Post at the Parish Gallery

Ari is a trained draftsman, and it shows in his series, “Place Names,” showing at the Parish Gallery in Georgetown, November 19-30. Ari’s paintings are “old school”—stripped of flash, subject matter irony and mixed media techniques of many painters showing today. The work is straight oil paining: pigment, linseed oil, turpentine and board, all applied with earnest, grit and hard labor.

“Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings” at the Sackler

The thousand-year-old “Shahnama,” or Persian book of kings, is resplendently represented in a jewel of a show at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. “Shahnama,” written by the revered ninth century Persian poet Firdawsi, is “in its cultural significance and popularity on equal footing with the works of Shakespeare, Homer and the Mahabharata,” says Massumeh Farhad, chief curator and curator of Islamic art, and organizer of the exhibition.

Abstract Expressionism at New York’s MoMA

Visiting New York right now should include MoMA. The Museum of Modern Art sits in the middle of mid-town Manhattan in an assortment of buildings starting with the first International Style building in America by Stone and Goodwin, to the recent add-on by Taniguchi. With all the adding, the subtraction of this process has been the alteration of the way the original building opened onto the sculpture garden. It was once a real jewel of an urban space. I remember watching Natalie Wood way back in 1966 in MoMA’s garden, during the filming of “Penelope,” blowing bubble-gum.

David Richardson at the Ralls Collection

It is rare to find such a steady and yet exciting subject as is found in both the paintings and the person of artist David Richardson. With an astonishing discipline, he has explored and unraveled three series of paintings, any one of them strong enough to exhibit individually.

Returning to Paint

Inscape that has hints of the natural world as well as jewel-fragments is found in the work of Robin Kohlman Fried.

Tom Wolff's Portrait Project

The best photography show currently running in the DC area is Tom Wolff’s portrait series, at the 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, Maryland.

3rd Annual FotoWeek DC is Approaching

Amateur and professional photographers take note — the deadline for D.C.’s premier photography competition looms large. The groundbreaking photography ...

Fall 2010 Visual Arts Preview

Compiled by Ari Post | Sep 8, 2010

The Georgetowner has hand-selected the best offerings for the upcoming fall art season. Here you will find a comprehensive gallery guide and museum highlights, as well as a variety sampling of featured artwork.

Remembering the Washington Gallery of Modern Art

If the Washington Gallery of Modern Art were mentioned in conversation, most would not register the name. In fact, it was only open for seven short years in the 1960s.

Chuck Close at the Corcoran

Close’s colossal, hyper-realistic portraiture is as synonymous with his name as Jackson Pollock’s is with drip painting.

Weber and Wright at Plan B

The mysterious and austere work of Mike Weber and Jason Wright is on display at 14th Street's Plan B Gallery.

What's Red, White, Blue and Black: American Modernism and Rothko

The National Gallery doesn't have a strong showing from the American Modernist period. The Shein collection, featuring some of the era's finest works, will help fill in the gap.

Gods and Conservation: Paul Jett at the Freer/Sackler

When Paul Jett first began restoring the Sackler's latest Khmer artifacts, they were covered with detritus of almost 2,000 years.

Secrets of the Double White

White is not a color often featured in Western painting before the 20th century. That is, unless you're visiting the Phillips Collection this summer.

Elizabeth Kendall at Cross Mackenzie Gallery

Elizabeth Kendall was taught to sew by her grandmother. That influence has found its way into her sculptures on more than one occasion.

Tayo Adenaike at the Parish Gallery

Tayo Adenaike is an artist with something to say, even if one can only hear him by using their eyes.

'Art in Congress'

The new exhibit at the WNDC, featuring the artwork of Congressmen and their families, contains some impressive surprises.

Angela Iovino at the Parish Gallery

Iovino’s series of watercolors at the Parish Gallery, open through May 18th, is a kernel of cool mint, cleansing the palette between the explosive, bright flavors being offered around the city.

Spring 2010 Visual Arts Preview

Compiled by Ari Post and John Blee | Apr 7, 2010

Spring is finally in the works, which is good news for art galleries. Ari Post and John Blee present their picks among Washington's galleries, museums and more.

Diane Epstein: All the Flavor of Rome

Diane Epstein, who has lived there for 15 years, is renowned not only for her photography but for her culinary accomplishments.

In the Realm of the Buddha at the Sackler

At the Sackler Gallery, a wonderful exhibition of Tibetan art, “Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen,” as well as a spectacular recreation of a Tibetan altar, have just opened.

Hirshhorn's Homage to Josef Albers

At the Hirshhorn Museum, “Innovation and Inspiration” is a perfect title for the exhibition focusing on the work and teaching of Josef Albers.

Adam Lister Gallery

Think “alternative space” and your mind will conjure up concrete floors, unfinished walls, improvised lighting with wires dangling from the ceiling. Alternative spaces in the hip, art world sense are somewhat rare in D.C., but are even rarer outside D.C. itself, let alone outside the Beltway, as the Adam Lister Gallery (3995 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA) is...

Gallerist on the Go

It was wild! I lived with nine roommates in Le Droit Park. It was like The Real World, but better. I found the house on Craigslist and went in not knowing anyone. I’ve made some amazing friends from that experience.

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