Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ric Garcia at Glen Echo Park

Ric Garcia

June 1 to July 1, 2018

Art Walk reception: June 1, 6­8 p.m.

Reception with artist: June 9, 6­8 p.m.

Glen Echo Park Partnership

7300 MacArthur blvd., Glen Echo, md
Stone Tower Gallery Hours: Sat.–Sun., 11 a.m.—6p.m.

Ric Garcia – You are not my Kryptonite  - 30 x 30 - oil on canvas
DC metro area artist Ric Garcia will exhibit new paintings, digital prints and mixed media works at Glen Echo Parks’ Stone Tower gallery in an exhibit titled “Super America”. The exhibit opens June 1 and runs through to July 1.  The exhibition is populated by iconic superheroes, atomic age monsters, and cinema icons—all portrayed in re-imagined ways with a bilingual context— and asks who has been the traditional hero or heroine of our stories and who gets to be the main character today.   

Ric Garcia sees his appropriation of American cultural images as a meditation on identity.  "I infuse my art with references to various mythos, focusing on hero worship, Latino and gender cultures, creating images about Americana filtered by my bi-cultural experience," Garcia says.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Barbara Januszkiewicz's two solos at once!

Not one, but two solo shows opening up at the same time for DMV artist Barbara Januszkiewicz. The Nitty Gritty at the Art Club of Washington will be displaying mostly works on paper appropriately name after her musical muses. 
Each work is titled from a song from the late 60s early 70s, with an “ip” in front of it. Januszkiewicz explained the ip means inspired by. This painter has taken her love for watercolors and has been able to reinvent acrylics in a new way.  Philosophically, Januszkiewicz values risk taking, experimentation, and creative collaboration which lead to  Washington Color Painter Paul Reed encouraging  Januszkiewicz to experiment with staining with acrylics. 
She has mastered this technique that offers the luminosity of watercolors, but with the nitty-gritty texture that only acrylics could offer. Also in this exhibit are some fine examples of her works on unprimed canvas using the same technique. What is astonishing is to witness her able to stain the unprimed canvas in the same manner as she paints on paper. This is not an easy task.  
"Music is my muse," she continues.  "I am inspired by the gritty undertones and rhythm patterns of the Blues and Rock.  I take the basic structure of a song’s chord progressions and play with the idea of a building a cord in the colors that I paint with.  Blending the music and corresponding color notes, I work to create luminous paintings that reflect the emotionalism and improvisational freedom that we find in music genres. I see my work as a frozen moment of the song." 

Across town at Martha Spak Gallery at the Wharf, Januszkiewicz is showing a group she calls Acoustic Fields. The artists explains that these are mostly large works, both on unprimed canvas and metal with resin.  Clearly her fascination for color reminds us of Mark Rothko’s Color Fields with her effortlessly produced zen-like brush strokes across her canvas.  Yet she is giving us something new and perhaps even changing our perception of the future of contemporary abstraction.  "I find it intriguing that there is a vocabulary of words that apply to both music and visual art, like movement, patterns, compliments, harmonies and layering," she says. These paintings from the intense color compositions to subdued shades of reverberations can visually  suggest the sensation of sound.
The Nitty Gritty @ Arts Club of Washington 
2017 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
Exhibition Dates: May 4 – May 26, 2018
gallery hours Tuesday - Friday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Curator: Mattie Schloetzer

Acoustic Fields @
Martha Spak Gallery at the Wharf 
40 District Square, SW, Washington, DC  20024 
Exhibition Dates: April 30-May 29, 2018
Gallery hours are Thursday – Sunday 12-6pm 
Curator Martha Spak

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunny in Reston for the art fair!

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA 2018
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA 2018

Target Gallery’s Newest Exhibition Creates Utopic Fictional Landscapes

Caroline Hatfield: Unearthing
May 25 – July 15, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, May 25, 7 – 9 pm; Artist Talk at 8 pm

Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, explores concepts of utopia and the science-fictional sublime in a new solo site-specific exhibition featuring Baltimore artist Caroline Hatfield.

Caroline Hatfield: Unearthing is on view May 25 through July 15, 2018. In the show, Hatfield creates sculptural landscapes within Target Gallery. Composed of industrial materials like cast aluminum; rocks, coal, and other geological formations; as well as mutable boundaries like sand and salt, the combined objects accumulate into forms and recall a cycle of transformation. Through site-specific installations and photography, her work references the awe-inspiring natural experiences of our world while referencing a shift outward towards a science-fictional sublime.

Environmentalism and land use has a lot of personal significance to Hatfield, who grew up in a Southern Appalachian coal-mining community. They recall the region’s ironic juxtaposition of protected wilderness and mined land as a major influence on their work.

“This exhibition presents the idea of unearthing in a literal, metaphorical, and speculative sense,” Hatfield said. “The process of unearthing asks: What are we uncovering? We dig to find history, time, and energy. As a metaphor, it often refers to finding an elusive, hidden substance or truth. Finally, we could consider ‘un-earthing’ in a speculative sense. Our potential is becoming less tethered to this planet through scientific advancement and ecological destruction.”

Hatfield was selected from more than 150 applicants as part of Target Gallery’s annual Open Call for a Solo Exhibition. Jurors were: Jarvis DuBois, independent curator; Carolina Mayorga, D.C.-based artist; and Victoria Reis, co-founder and executive director of Transformer.

“Caroline Hatfield’s art speaks to timely environmental concerns of noticeable climate changes, fracking, and deforestation wreaking havoc across the globe,” said DuBois. “Their landscapes—created from untraditional materials such as aluminum powder, tar paper, sand, and coal slag—are otherworldly yet eerily reminiscent of terrains found after a natural disaster or in a science-fiction movie. They should be read as urgent harbingers of what could happen to our Earth if we continually neglect her.”

“Based on their individual experience of growing up in an Appalachian coal mining community, Caroline’s exhibition offers a unique perspective on issues affecting the environment and our relation to land,” said Mayorga. “Their work transforms the gallery space into powerful and aesthetically pleasing landscapes that comment on industrial practices and questions the viewer’s relationship with their immediate surroundings. I find Caroline’s work both personal and sincere, yet universally relevant to our current time.”

“I was immediately drawn to Caroline's very sophisticated and thoughtful use of materials to convey concepts of utopia and science fiction,” said Reis. “Caroline adeptly conveys an otherworldly experience that completely draws in audiences, taking us on a journey that is both wondrous and confounding. Their innovative re-contextualizing of current environmental circumstances through beautiful yet haunting installations provides an important and engaging viewpoint to our relationships with land uses and our evaporating natural resources."

Caroline Hatfield: Unearthing runs Friday, May 25, through Sunday, July 15, 2018. The opening reception will be Friday, May 25th, 7 – 9 pm, with Hatfield’s comments at 8 pm. Target Gallery will host a second reception and juror talk on Friday, June 15 at 8 pm, as a part of the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s monthly Late Shift event. Target Gallery is open daily from 10 – 6 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

My choice for Best of Show at Reston

Suzy Scarborough at Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Reston Town Center, booth 231
and represented locally by Zenith Gallery!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

This weekend in Reston

May 18--- 20, 10am--- 5pm 

The annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival returns for its 27th year with some exciting updates! Balducci's Food Lovers Market joins this year as Title Sponsor; Festival Friday kicks off the weekend of activity; and the Festival Party is on Saturday night. Some things, of course, remain constant: the quality of the 200+ artists from 35 states; the enthusiasm of our fantastic crowds (typically averaging 30,000+); the phenomenal support of our sponsors; and the invaluable contributions of our nearly 300 volunteers.


2018 ARTISTS


Free parking is available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of festival weekend,
courtesy of Boston Properties.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Art Scam Alert!

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Monday, May 14, 2018

A disturbance in the Force

A written trademark assignment filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2007 and obtained by The Art Newspaper seems to bear this out. Designating Kahlo as the assignor, represented by Pinedo through power of attorney, and the Frida Kahlo Corporation as the assignee, it transfers “full and exclusive rights, titles and interests” for a slew of trademarks for the name “Frida Kahlo” as well as the phrase “Pasion por la vida” (a passion for life) and Frida Kahlo-branded tequila. “It is expressly agreed and understood that if The Assignee is the owner of any other trademark application that includes the denomination ‘FRIDA KAHLO’, the instant agreement includes it,” the filing states.
Read the Art Newspaper article on the commodification of the Frida Kahlo trademark here.

American University Chosen to Receive Majority Share of Works from Corcoran Art Collection

Giant art news for DMV:
Under one of the largest free art distributions in U.S. history, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, part of American University, has been offered nearly 9,000 works from the Corcoran Art Collection.   
“American University Museum is excited about the opportunities to share this rich collection with our students, scholars, the Washington community and beyond,” said Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of AU Museum. “This collection will enhance the museum’s longstanding commitment to exhibiting works by Washington, national and international artists who hail from diverse backgrounds and encompass many artistic styles and ranges.”
The proposed acquisition will include paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculpture and textiles. Works by history’s most masterful artists are represented including Pablo Picasso and Rembrandt. Other prominent artists include 16th-century Italian painter Titian, a contemporary of Michelangelo; German Renaissance painter and printmaker Albrecht Durer; American artists Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Andy Warhol; 18th-century British portraitist Thomas Gainsborough; French Impressionist Charles Francois Daubigny; and American sculptor Louise Nevelson.  
Many other works are by both modern and contemporary Washington artists, including members of the Washington Color School and figurative artists Sarah Baker, Manon Cleary and Claudia DeMonte.
AU Museum, the largest university-affiliated art museum in the Washington metro area, is committed to displaying Washington art. A gift in 2014 from AU alumna and Washington artist Carolyn Alper established the Alper Initiative for Washington Art, which created dedicated space for the display of work by historical and contemporary Washington artists. Working in tandem with the Alper Initiative, Rasmussen focused on identifying and selecting artists significant to Washington art history.
“William Corcoran’s dedication to presenting works by American artists led to his collecting an exceptional body of 19th-century art from Washington D.C., representing the simultaneously national and local identities of art in the emerging capital city,” Rasmussen said.
In addition to 19th- and 20th-century American art, the proposed Corcoran gift would supplement the museum’s collection of work by female artists and artists of color, in alignment with the legacy of the American University Art History department as a leader in feminist art history and the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Finally, the AU Museum has been offered the bulk of the Corcoran’s famous works on paper collection, where it would be preserved nearly in its entirety. AU Museum’s willingness to maintain the integrity of important American collections, such as that of William A. Clark, Olga Hirshhorn and many others, will provide opportunities for scholarship and exhibition for years to come.

American University has invested in a new storage facility in AU’s Spring Valley Building at 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW, that would be home to the paintings, prints, and sculptures that would be utilized most often by the museum, complete with rolling racks and shelving. The university has upgraded its collections management software that would be able to accommodate the collection and would be working with the registrars at the National Gallery of Art to incorporate the data on the collection.
Next Steps
In support of this acquisition, American University has launched a funding initiative designed to update the museum’s exhibition and storage space, to include a redesign of the second-floor galleries. Further investment will also include a study room for use by AU students, faculty, and visiting scholars; and staff capable of assessing and caring for the collection and enhancing public program offerings to share the collection with the world.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the first private museums in the United States, was established in 1869 and expanded in 1880 to include the Corcoran College of Art and Design. The Corcoran Gallery of Art has closed, and in 2014, the Corcoran transferred the college to George Washington University. A complete listing of artwork and recipient organizations can be found on the Corcoran website at corcoran.org/artdistribution.  
MUSEUM INFORMATION, HOURS, LOCATION: The American University Museum is a three-story public museum and sculpture garden located within the university’s Katzen Arts Center. The region’s largest university facility for exhibiting art, the museum has a permanent collection that highlights the donors’ holdings and AU’s Watkins Collection and Rothfeld Collection. Rotating exhibitions emphasize regional, national, and international contemporary art.
The Katzen Arts Center, named for Washington-area benefactors Dr. and Mrs. Cyrus Katzen, brings all the visual and performing arts programs at AU into one space. Designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts, the Katzen includes the museum, the Abramson Family Recital Hall, the Studio Theatre, a dance studio, an electronics studio, artists’ studios, rehearsal space, and classrooms.

The first step in cracking the online art market is...

Get a lot of followers...
You’ve heard time and time again that artists need to be on Instagram.
You’ve seen the stats. You know that when done right, Instagram can become a huge asset to your art business.
But when you only have a few hundred followers (let’s face it, mostly family and friends), it can feel like an eternity waiting for that coveted notification to pop up—the one announcing you got another follower.
Read the whole article in Artwork Archive here