Thursday, November 02, 2006

F.L. Wall at Ewing Gallery

Remember Seven? The massive seven gallery show which I curated (with the exceptional help of Sandra Fernandez and Adrian Schneck) for the WPA/Corcoran last year?

In the past, I've been sharing with you the various emerging artists who picked up gallery representation through exposure via that huge exhibition.

Add another one: F.L. Wall opens tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd with a reception from 6 - 8 pm at the Kathleen Ewing Gallery in DC, and Wall writes to me that he was picked up by my good friend Kathleen based in part on his exposure via "Seven."

Wall's show runs through December 22, 2006.

Kanchan Balse's first solo

It's always a memorable event in an artist's career when that first solo show takes place, and next Saturday November 4, with an opening from 6:30-8pm at Dumbarton Concert Gallery in Georgetown, Kanchan Balse is doing exactly that! The show runs through Nov. 12, 2006.

Gurus on City Hall Art Collection's Opening

The WaPo's Julia Beizer, who is one of the "Going Out Gurus" for the Washington Post's blog of the same name, has a nice mini review and visit to the City Hall Art Collection's opening last Tuesday.

Read her post here.

Marchand on City Hall Art Collection

Anne Marchand has a terrific report and a ton of photos of the huge opening for the City Hall Art Collection. Read her report and see the photos here.

Katie Tuss makes her debut

Katie Tuss will be writing regularly for Mid Atlantic Art News, covering DC area galleries and museums and any other places that she travels to. Below is her review of "An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection," at The Smithsonian American Art Museum.

An Impressionist Sensibility
By Katie Tuss

Although the mention of impressionism may be considered a sure way to create record exhibition turnout, Chief Curator Eleanor Jones Harvey explained that the Smithsonian American Art Museum did not choose the title "An Impressionist Sensibility" lightly. Each one of the 26 American Impressionist paintings featured in the exhibition, however diverse, is distinctly dependent on the "modern impulses found in impressionism."

It is this sensibility that collectors Marie and Hugh Halff have focused on while creating their standout private collection of late 19th-and early 20th-century American Art, which makes up the exhibition in its entirety. All of the artists featured studied in France and Europe between the 1870s and the 1920s, providing them with the groundwork to interpret impressionism in a uniquely American way.

Childe Hassam's "Clearing Sunset (Corner of Berkeley Street and Columbus Avenue)" illustrates the emerging modernism of the time with its rising buildings, bustling passersby, and puffs of steam from a distant engine. American art was coming of age and asserting that the US could stand tall next to European progress.

It was these times that launched an "aesthetic revolt," according to Harvey, which shifted the interests of American artists away from the National Academy of Design and moved them beyond subject matter. Artists were freed to focus on the act of painting.

Color and brushstroke are celebrated in William Merritt Chase's "Shinnecock Landscape with Figures." The striking image of his daughter in red serves as the focal point amongst the immediacy of the markings that constitute the landscape.

The Halff Collection also features John Singer Sargent's much sought after "The Sulphur Match" and the rarely viewed Winslow Homer "Houses on a Hillside."

"An Impressionist Sensibility" is on view through February 4, 2007.