Monday, November 10, 2008

Los Cubanos

Video of the work at "Aqui Estamos" (Here We Are) at H&F Fine Arts.

The show is on exhibit through November 30, 2008. Go buy some artwork.

Sidney Lawrence at DFA

I hear that Sidney Lawrence is a pretty good jazz vocalist, but Lawrence has visual arts in his genes and this coming Nov. 15, from 5-8PM he opens his second solo show with DC's District Fine Arts gallery in Georgetown.

Tribe, 2008 by Sidney Lawrence.
Oil and modeling paste on paper canvas and compressed board, 17 3/4 x 22

This show of oil portraits, including a small painting of Martin Luther King Jr., an island wall relief, a dog head, ink drawings of cities, and an illustrated travel diary is Lawrence's first solo exhibition at DFA since 2005.

One of DC's key arts presences, Lawrence is also a writer, curator and art-PR specialist. He served as the Hirshhorn Museum's press officer from 1975 to 2003 and as an occasional curator there, and more recently organized "Roger Brown: Southern Exposure," for the Jule Collins Smith Museum at Auburn University, Alabama.

For over two decades he exhibited at Gallery K (until that venerable gallery closed when both owners suddenly died) and other DC venues and has also exhibited work in Massachusetts and California. Lawrence's self-revealing, funky style draws from influences as diverse as Red Grooms, JMW Turner, Lucian Freud and Edward Koren.

Sidney Lawrence, Recent Works, through January 17, 2009 at DFA, with an opening reception, on Saturday, November 15, 5 - 8 pm and an Artist Talk, 5:30 - 6 pm and a Book Signing, Ink Cities on Saturday, December 13, 4-6 pm.


The week of November 15-22, 2008 will mark the launch of FotoWeek DC, the first annual gathering of a diverse and wide-ranging photography community in the nation’s capital, including photographers, museums, universities and all those involved in the profession across the metro D.C. area, including Virginia and Maryland. Unique among American cities, Washington, D.C. is a nexus of artistic, business, political and public sector energy, in which photography plays an integral role. FotoWeek DC seeks to bring together all photographers and imaging professionals from every discipline to join with the public in celebration of the medium.
Details here.

There are dozens and dozens of gallery shows, dozens of lectures by famous photographers, loads of book signings, many workshops for all you photo geeks and everything associated with making lovers of the silver gelatin happy.

This is a massive, city-wide event and clearly a ton of work by the organizers has taken place; my kudos to all of them!

Now let's see how the (a) city fathers and mothers, (b) DCCAH and (c) the media add their part to the event so that (d) the local collectors and buyers react to it so that (e) the international photography market and (f) other collectors and (g) curators and (i) national museum curators pay attention and thus make it impossible for (j) for local DC area museum curators to ignore it.

This is a once in a decade opportunity for DC area museum curators to get off their butts and go visit a couple of dozen art venues and see a myriad of photography shows (and earn their pay) and perhaps discover a good local photog here and there, and even a gallery here and there. Get the fuck out of your offices and do your jobs!

This is a once in a decade opportunity for the Washington Post and the Washington Times and the Washington City Paper and Washingtonian magazine and all those other thick, full of ads DC area magazines to record for posterity this important local effort on behalf of art and photography in a city and region where the moniker "local" raises semantic eyebrows. And yes... I know several of these media outlets are "sponsoring" the event - thank you! But now I'd like for all of them to leave a newsprint and digital footprint of the event.

Visit this website, learn all about it, and visit DC, Bethesda, Virginia and all of that great artsy area known as the Greater Washington DC region to see some great photography and then buy some photos!

Cheerleader in Chief and proud of it.