Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Lyrical Flight Sunday at Athenaeum

Lyrical Flight now open, has an artist talk on May 12, 4-6pm at The Athenaeum Gallery, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria VA 22314.

If the below installation photos are any indications of the impact of this show - expect a really amazing show by Barbara Januszkiewicz now in Alexandria.

The Athenaeum Gallery

Lyrical Flight | Barbara Januszkiewicz 

Artist Reception: Sunday, May 12, 4 - 6 pm

Artist Celebrating Earth Day with using Eco Friendly Materials.

Exhibits run from: April 18 – June 2, 2019

201 Prince Street, Alexandria VA 22314


"Organic" opens May 1st!

Exhibition: May 1 - August 17, 2019


Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space  | 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 202.783.2963  |  www.zenithgallery.com

Monday, April 29, 2019

How Anti-Money Laundering Legislation Could Impact the Art Market

A resolution in the United States Congress suggests that galleries and auction houses could soon be subject to strict reporting requirements about their customers amid a global push for greater transparency in art transactions. While these requirements could have significant benefits in terms of helping to curtail money laundering by bringing greater oversight to an often opaque art market, the law could also burden dealers and auction houses with onerous administrative and reporting duties that will be especially challenging for smaller and mid-size galleries.
Details here. 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

New Gallery in DC: Von Ammon Co

Also in Georgetown, there’s a tiny slip of a street called Cady’s Alley, which in the first days of April welcomed a completely different kind of local establishment: Von Ammon Co, a contemporary art space started by Todd von Ammon, a former director at the influential New York outfit Team Gallery in SoHo.
Read the Artsy article by Nate Freeman here

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this art scammer:
From: Ethan Meyer meyerethan886@gmail.com
 Hi there,
         I am Ethan from Richmond Indiana. thoughts of the best anniversary gift of the century to my wife has been roaming my mind for a while now. i figured out later that my wife spends noticeable time on viewing artworks from your page on my laptop and i can easily guess she likes your work, which i found quite impressive and intriguing too. I must admit your doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do. 
      With that being said, I would like to purchase some of your works as a surprise gift to my wife in honor of our upcoming wedding anniversary. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this should be anything that falls under $8000, and if i have to pay more, there should be a reason in terms of worth and value. Your works are impeccable anyways.  .
      I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory. As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept check as a means of payment

Saturday, April 27, 2019

DC Arts Forum—a call to action for the arts

The DC Arts Forum is a grassroots initiative for the arts community to address the current state of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities — and to meaningfully engage independent artists and small organizations in shaping the future of the arts in DC.

From the WPADC:
Hi all,
If you are an artist who cares about arts funding in city, Monday's DC Arts Forum at Eaton Workshop is an opportunity to get up to speed on the proposed changes to the Commission of the Arts & Humanities (CAH) and the Mayor's plans to cut arts grant funding by $7-8M next year. Concerned arts commissioners will be present to answer your questions, as will other cultural activists. 
This Forum is one of several efforts right now to combat the erosion of CAH's independence, authority, and grant funds. Of them all, it is the one most tailored to small organizations and artists, and the one most invested in equity and diversity. The organizers are looking for a strong turn-out. As of yesterday, 100 people had signed up to attend. They would like many more. Please circulate this to people whom you think would want to attend.
Thank you,

Mon. Apr. 29, 

7:00pm EDT 
Eaton Hotel & Workshop 
1201 K St NW 
Washington DC  

Friday, April 26, 2019

Save the Date | Senior Thesis Exhibition

Gormley Gallery - Notre Dame of Maryland University 

Featuring Sabine Hern-Nagle, Esther C. Jones, Caroline O'Donnell, and Nia Willis

Artists' Reception
Monday, May 6, 2019
4:30 to 6:30pm
Kappa Pi Art Honor Society Induction Ceremony at 5:30pm

Exhibition on view May 6 through May 19, 2019

The Senior Thesis Exhibition showcases the work of Sabine Hern-Nagle, Esther C. Jones, Caroline O’Donnell, and Nia Willis, four seniors graduating from the Art department. Works include oil paintings, works on paper, illustrations, mixed media pieces, and an art history thesis. The students are working with concepts such as myths and fables, power and the human form, the intersection of psychology and art, and the reclamation of the gaze.

Gormley Gallery is located on the second floor of Fourier Hall on the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Call for art

ENTRY DEADLINE: April 26, 2019

Reminder, deadline to enter the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Public Arts Trust's Contemporary Works on Paper Collection call for art is tomorrow, April 26th, 11:59 pm. Be sure to submit on time! 

This juried call seeks to purchase original and unframed two-dimensional works of art that are contemporary and modern in style by visual artists located in Montgomery County and the Greater Washington area.

Artwork in the collection will be owned by Montgomery County under the county’s Public Arts Trust program and loaned to county agencies for exhibition in public buildings.

Submission Deadline: April 26, 2019
No Entry Fee
Required Materials: 
 - Artist Statement
 - Artist Resume
 - List of Artworks
 - Images

This Call for Art is open to artists residing in Montgomery County, MD and the Greater Washington Area.

All work must be original and unframed two-dimensional works that are contemporary and modern in style. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lida Moser in New York

Neel / Picasso 
April 30 - July 20, 2019
Opening reception: April 29, 2019 6:00-8:00pm

Sara Kay Gallery | 4 East 2nd St, New York

A series of vintage and lifetime photographs by the amazing Lida Moser accompanies this new exhibition in NYC:
Sara Kay Gallery is pleased to present Neel / Picasso, on view from April 29 through July 20. The exhibition will feature significant portraits from private collections by the artists Alice Neel (1900-1984) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). 
Neel and Picasso were contemporaries who transformed and revitalized portraiture. Through select paintings by both artists, this exhibition offers a revealing parallel view of two key 20th century painters. 
Neel, a self-described “painter of people,” chose not to idealize her subjects. Instead, with bold strokes, an imaginative line between the interior experience and the outward appearance of the sitter is revealed. 
In her portrait of Lida Moser from 1962, Neel focuses on facial expression, body language and clothing, illustrating the overlapping of inner essence and outward appearance, of vanity and vulnerability. Painted by her artist friend during the rise of the feminist movement, Moser was an accomplished photojournalist at a time when women were a rarity in the field. Moser is an unmistakably dynamic figure. Painted in lucid tones with fingers jutting out like spindles, her form is magnetic and commanding.
In juxtaposition to Neel’s probing of the space between the inner and outer life, Picasso reconfigures his subject’s features revealing his own interpretation of their essence, inadvertently serving as a barometer for his own emotional state. 
Painted in 1937, Femme au béret orange et au col de fourrure depicts the artist’s young mistress and muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Here, the formal experimentation and emotional intensity that characterize his most celebrated portraits of women are embodied. The small group of portraits that he painted on 4 December 1937, the present work included, make it almost possible to track the slow transition from his relationships with Marie-Thérèse Walter to Dora Maar, and reflects the artist’s conflicted feelings surrounding this transition. 
The final two works of the presentation highlight a shared acknowledgement of the artists’ own mortality, as both turn their gazes inward. Picasso, in Homme assis les bras croisés II from 1964, portrays an energetic vibrant sitter, unlike a man of Picasso’s age, though the features are unmistakably those of the artist. In 107th and Broadway, Neel offers an anthropomorphic view of her final home painted as a portent with dark shadows nefariously playing across the surface of the canvas. She described the large shadow that engulfs the building’s facade as the “shadow of death.” 
Picasso said that his work acted as a “sort of a diary.” Neel claimed she was “a collector of souls...” capturing “what the world has done [to her sitters] and their retaliation.” Linked in time, differing in approach, the parallel viewing of these two innovative 20th century painters offers insights into both their artistic achievements and the radicalization of portraiture. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

$51K in awards!

With the help of the Jerry Goldstein Foundation, Jerry's Artarama, and its sponsors, they are giving away a minimum of $51,000* to artists with great personal stories, incredible talent and/or unique creativity and achievements to share! Jerry always liked a good personal story and we hope that you share one with them. No matter if you have achieved immense success, are still struggling or are a student wanting to go to art school your story is important to them!

How To Enter

Enter Now – April 28th, 2019

    1. What is your achievement?
    2. Submit a picture of yourself, a group or maybe a piece of artwork
  • Include: Your personal story
  • Include: How you or someone you know can benefit from the award
  • 102 artists will receive $500 to do what they want with it!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Bad Things Galleries Do To Artists and Bad Things Artists Do To Galleries

A bad thing that unethical galleries do to artists:
Unethical galleries all over the nation and in most countries will take in a piece of artwork by an artist, and when the price is discussed, the gallery says: “What’s the price?” and the artist says: “$1000″ The gallery nods OK and the artist leaves, knowing that if sold, he’ll get $500 (most galleries in the US charge 50% commission — in NYC some are as high as 70%). The gallery then sells the piece, but for $2,000, sends the artist a check for $500 and pockets the extra $1,000. That is why artists should insist on having a contract with a gallery, and the contract must specifically address that the artist will get 50% of the actual sale price.
A bad thing some artists to do galleries:
A good reputable gallery is a work of love, with gallerists usually running the business by the skn of their teeth. And when a gallery gives an artist a show, they go through all the various multiple expenses associated with doing so (rent, electricity, staff salaries, publicity, ads, post cards, opening reception catering, etc.) - usually before a single work of art is sold. So far the gallery has put forth a considerable investment in presenting the artist’s works - all because the gallerist believes in the artist’s work. An interested novice collector meets the artist at the opening and expresses interest (to the artist) in buying some of his artwork. The artist, wishing to stiff the gallery for their commission says: “See me after the show and I’ll sell it to you directly and save myself the gallery commission.”This is not only unethical, but it’s also guaranteed to ruin the artist’s reputation in the city, as these things always come out in the wash, and soon no gallery will exhibit any work by this artist. Remember, when a gallery gives an artist a show, and nothing sells, the artist still walks away with all his/her work, and maybe even a review, plus the art has been exposed to collectors and the public. The gallery gets to pay all the bills, even though no sales were made.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Homegrown Opens Tomorrow!

APRIL 19, 2019  6:00–8:00 PM


200 I (Eye) Street, SE Washington, DC 20003

Michael Crossett, Cheryl D. Edwards, Justyne Fischer, Ric Garcia 
Gail Shaw-Clemons, Henrik Sundqvist 

HomeGrown explores the creative process of six art­ists from the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia region who utilize the medium of printmaking to express issues of racial injustice, genetics, ancestry, gentrification, cultural identity, and the environment    |   CURATED BY CLAUDE L. ELLIOTT

Mila arrives!

At 9:08 AM, my first grandchild - Mila Audrey Tarasova y Campello was born to my daughter Elise!

Mila Audrey Tarasova y Campello
Mila Audrey Tarasova y Campello

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Grants Winners

Congrats to all these talented and lucky folks - they are winners of the 2019 Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Grants!

That "Florence" down there is me - this is my first award since I was an art student at the University of Washington School of Art, when I received Ford Foundation art grants 1977-1981.


Lesa Cook Frederick
Bobby Coleman Baltimore City
Lania D'Agostino Baltimore City
Sally Davies Prince George’s
Brian Michael Dunn Montgomery
Ric Garcia Prince George’s
Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi Montgomery
Jahru Anne Arundel
Matt Klos Baltimore
Kate Kretz Montgomery
Lindsay McCulloch Montgomery
Gregory McLemore Baltimore City
Ping Shen Anne Arundel
Grace Doyle Baltimore City
Jessica Van Brakle Montgomery
Nicole Dyer Baltimore City
Taha Heydari Baltimore
Sam Lacombe Baltimore City
Giulia Piera Livi Baltimore City
Janet Olney Baltimore City
Randi Reiss-McCormick Baltimore
Carolyn Case Baltimore
Maud Taber-Thomas Montgomery
Deborah Tomlin Montgomery
Alice Valenti Baltimore
Karen Warshal Baltimore City
Lauren Frances Adams Baltimore City
Scott Ponemone Baltimore City
McKinley Wallace III Baltimore City

Works on Paper
Erin Fostel Baltimore City
LaToya M. Hobbs Baltimore City
LeJea Williams Howard
Amy Boone-McCreesh Baltimore City
Florence Lennox Campello Montgomery
Deborah Addison Coburn Montgomery
Elliot Doughtie Baltimore City
Ariston Jacks Baltimore City
Kristina King Montgomery
Angelo Kozonis Baltimore City
Mike McConnell Baltimore
Jerry Truong Montgomery
Lu Zhang Baltimore City
Amanda Burnham Baltimore City
Jackie Milad Baltimore City
Leslie Suzanne Shellow Baltimore City
Julie Wills Kent
Jowita Wyszomirska Baltimore City

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

On Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Art Center

A decade ago I wrote this about the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria - one of my fave places in the DMV... how much of it has come to pass?

Read my 2009 thoughts here...

Monday, April 15, 2019

At the CATO Institute

Should art offend? Does it matter if people are offended? Should offensive art be displayed? Should it be censored? Who decides what is offensive or appropriate? Join us to hear a discussion of these questions and more.

A discussion panel featuring Philip Kennicott, Chief Art and Architecture Critic, the Washington PostJanis Goodman, Panelist, WETA Around Town, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, George Washington University; Lenny Campello, Author, Daily Campello Art News; and Jason Kuznicki, Research Fellow, Cato Institute and Editor, Cato Books; moderated by Caleb O. BrownCato Daily Podcast host, Director of Multimedia, Cato Institute.

May 22, 2019 
6:30PM to 8:00PM EDT

Cato Institute

1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001-5403

Phone (202) 842 0200

Sunday, April 14, 2019



It’s about a child suffering from insomnia and anxiety. It’s a topic not often addressed in children’s books, but something that the author - Susanna Fields-Kuehl, a licensed therapist and artist in Maryland sees daily in her practice. 

I Hope you can all support the project and spread the word! Kickstarter end April 24! 


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Lyrical Flight | Barbara Januszkiewicz

My good friend Barbara is opening at the gorgeous Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria - easily one of the most beautiful art spaces in the DMV!

Lyrical Flight | Barbara Januszkiewicz

April 18 – June 2, 2019

Artist Reception: Sunday, May 12, 4 - 6 pm

Collaboration: Light Exists, Sunday, June 2, 1 pm

Artist Talk: Sunday, June 2, 2 pm
Barbara Januszkiewicz luminous and elegant paintings evolved out of her early work in watercolor, a progression evident in the almost liquid flow of colors across her large compositions. In these acrylic works, tones melt together and "veils of pigment appear to fold over one another, creating illusory creases and hollows. The overall affect is one of slow, powerful visual rhythms. Januszkiewicz semi-translucent colors floats across her surfaces, soaking into the unprimed canvas and paper to create tactile fusions of paint and support that envelope the viewer in diaphanous veils of paint. 
Januszkiewicz pure abstract forms call to mind the stained canvases of Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler, but her work embodies a unique elegance that differentiates it
from that of her color fields with wonderful abstract shapes that are rendered loosely with a great feeling of fluidity and motion. "My brushwork is applied in waves of curving, color shapes, submerged in translucent washes. My goal is to achieve the highest degree of richness, with a light source that comes not from applied paint, but rather from the luminosity of the brilliant white paper or canvas," said Januszkiewicz. Here we see Januszkiewicz produce zen-like brush strokes across large formats with watercolor-like acrylics effortlessly.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Saint Joseph's University galleries says NO!

Another layer of thick skin added:
Dear Mr. Campello,
Thank you very much for sending us your resume and images for consideration in our 2019-2020 exhibition schedule.  The committee was pleased to learn about you and view your work.  Unfortunately, we are unable to exhibit your work at this time.
There were close to three hundred applications and only five available slots this year.   We thought that many of the applicants this year would show well in our gallery, and as you can imagine, it was very difficult to limit our choices. 
We wish you the best of luck with your artistic endeavors and thank you again for your interest in our program.  
Jeanne Bracy
Jeanne Bracy
Gallery Curator
The University Galleries, 
Merion Hall and Boland Hall
Saint Joseph's University
5600 City Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this art scammer!
From:  "Jill Welberg" j.welbergsinc@gmail.com
Do you ship to Switzerland and accept US issued credit card as payment?, you will contact my shipper who handles all of my shipment, they pick up the items at your location and deliver directly to my store doorstep without hassle. Let me know if i can e-mail you what am interested in ordering. 

Jill Welberg

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Tonal Visions

Multiple Exposures Gallery
Presents an Exhibition of New Photography by
Alan Sislen

"Tonal Visions"

May 7th - June 15th, 2019

Please join them for the Artist's Reception on Saturday, May 11th,   2 - 4 pm
This exhibit of dramatic black and white architectural photographs explores the range of tonal possibilities that might or might not have existed, but were visible in the mind of the photographer. None of the photographs are of total or complete structures. Each is a piece, a portion, an extraction that may convey more a sense of the whole than the entire building. The beauty of the forms, the lines, the shapes, the volumes and the play of light and shadow created by the infinite tonalities is what this exhibit celebrates.
Multiple Exposures Gallery
The Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street, #312
Alexandria, Virginia  22314
Hours:  Daily 10 am - 5 pm, Thursdays 2 pm - 8 pm

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Navy drawing

Just found a bunch of pen and ink, and also pencil drawings and sketches that I did back in the 1970s when I was a young Petty Officer in the Navy.

If you ever served in the USN, then you'll capish the title...

"Seaman Schmuckatelli Grew Up", 1975 pen and ink by F. Lennox Campello
"Seaman Schmuckatelli Grew Up", 1975 pen and ink by F. Lennox Campello

Monday, April 08, 2019

WPA Collectors' Night

WPA Collectors’ Night A Silent Auction to Benefit Artists

Date: Saturday, May 4, 7:00 – 11:00 pm | Location: 1501 M St NW

President Obama Walking to his Right Charcoal on Paper  c. 2009 by F. Lennox Campello
President Obama Walking to his Right
Charcoal on Paper

c. 2009 by F. Lennox Campello
The above drawing will be one of the pieces being silent-auctioned off at the WPA Collectors' Night gala. This drawing, done in 2009, was one of about 15-20 drawings that I did between 2008 and 2009 for an exhibition which Philadelphia's Projects Gallery staged once the Senator from Illinois became President.

Details on bidding, gala, etc. HERE.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Tim Tate to be Included in GLASSTRESS During Venice Biennale!

Huge news for DMV area uberartist Tim Tate!

He reports:
Such good news to report! I will be one of the few Americans representing the USA in the upcoming Glasstress show during the Venice Biennale. The show has amazing artists, such as Ai Wei Wei, Tony Oursler, Karen Lamonte and Dustin Yellin and is being curated by Vic Muniz and Koen Vanmechelen. This represents a huge step forward in my career. You can read all about it below. 
I want to be your ambassador to the United States! Its so expensive to get there though! If you want to help me out, I put together an Indiegogo campaign to raise monies. Even just sharing this link would do me a huge favor! I am honestly just happy to report that I will be one of those artists! Thank you all for supporting me over the years! I appreciate every one of you!
Here is my iniegogo link... click here.
This a monster of a huge step for one of the DMV's most visible and hardest working artists! Here's the news release from GLASSTRESS:
Returning for the 58th Biennale di Venezia, the sixth edition of GLASSTRESS brings together a new line-up of leading contemporary artists from Europe, the United States, Latin America, India, and China in an ambitious exhibition exploring the endless creative possibilities of glass.
Tim Tate; “The Endless Cycle”; 36″ x 36″ x 4″Glass, Aluminum, Poly-Vitro, electronics
GLASSTRESS is a project by Adriano Berengo dedicated to supporting his mission of marrying contemporary art and glass. Since its debut in 2009 as a collateral event of the Venice Biennale, GLASSTRESS has revived the traditional craft of Murano glassblowing by forging new alliances with internationally renowned artists and designers and has since become an unparalleled platform showcasing ground-breaking new works in glass.
To celebrate 10 years of GLASSTRESS and 30 years of , the exhibition goes back to its historical roots on the island of Murano. An old abandoned glass furnace is now an evocative exhibition space for striking new works and installations by returning artists Ai WeiweiTony Cragg and Thomas Schütte as well as first time participants Prune NourryJosé ParláTim Tate and Xavier Veilhan, amongst others.
 For this section, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has invited all artists to explore ‘how glass redefines our perception of space’. In another section of the exhibition, curated by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen, highlights from the past ten years will also go on display, including Mutter (2016/17) by Erwin Wurm, Laura’s Hands (2011) by Jaume Plensa and A Different Self (2014) by Mat Collishaw. Referring to the making of glass works, Vanmechelen says: ‘the world of the unknown and unseen becomes visible and tangible through beautiful accidents in time.’
With little or no prior experience working with glass, these artists have embraced the challenge of creating extraordinary works in this very delicate medium in collaboration with Muranese artisans. The output of this unusual encounter defies the stereotypes associated with this ancient craft, ultimately pushing the boundaries of both contemporary art and glass. This year’s edition of GLASSTRESS will also provide visitors with the opportunity to watch Murano glass masters at work at the adjacent glassblowing studio and learn more about Fondazione Berengo’s preservation efforts of this centuries-old artistry of Venetian glass-making. 
GLASSTRESS runs from May 9 to November 24, 2019

New artists :
Saint Clair Cemin (Brazil), Pedro Friedeberg (Mexico), Carlos Garaicoa (Cuba), Artur Lescher (Brazil), Prune Nourry (France), José Parlá (USA), Pablo Reinoso (Argentina), Valeska Soares (Brazil), Tim Tate (USA), Janaina Tschäpe (Germany), Xavier Veilhan (France), Robert Wilson (USA).
Returning artists :
 Ai Weiwei (China), Monica Bonvicini (Italy), Tony Cragg (UK), Shirazeh Houshiary (Iran), Alicja Kwade (Poland), Karen LaMonte (USA), Paul McCarthy (USA), Vik Muniz (Brazil), Jaume Plensa (Spain), Laure Prouvost (France), Thomas Schütte (Germany), Sudarshan Shetty (India), Koen Vanmechelen (Belgium), Erwin Wurm (Austria).
GLASSTRESS Anniversary highlights :
Jean Arp (Germany), Ayman Baalbaki (Lebanon), Miroslaw Balka (Poland), Fiona Banner (UK), Mat Collishaw (UK), César (France), Jake and Dinos Chapman (UK), Tracey Emin (UK), Jan Fabre (Belgium), Kendell Geers (South Africa), Francesco Gennari (Italy), Abdulnasser Gharem (Saudi Arabia), Michael Joo (USA), Ilya & Emilia Kabakov (Russia/USA), Michael Kienzer (Austria), Hye Rim Lee (South Korea), Oksana Mas (Ukraine), Hans Op de Beek (Belgium), Tony Ousler (USA), Javier Pérez (Spain), Antonio Riello (Italy), Bernardì Roig (Spain), Joyce Jane Scott (USA), Wael Shawky (Egypt), Lino Tagliapietra (Italy), Fred Wilson (USA), Dustin Yellin (USA).

Saturday, April 06, 2019

“I Am Offended”: Art & Free Expression

Should art offend? Does it matter if people are offended? Should offensive art be displayed? Should it be censored? Who decides what is offensive or appropriate? Join us to hear a discussion of these questions and more.

A discussion panel featuring Philip Kennicott, Chief Art and Architecture Critic, the Washington PostJanis Goodman, Panelist, WETA Around Town, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, George Washington University; Lenny Campello, Author, Daily Campello Art News; and Jason Kuznicki, Research Fellow, Cato Institute and Editor, Cato Books; moderated by Caleb O. BrownCato Daily Podcast host, Director of Multimedia, Cato Institute.

May 22, 2019 
6:30PM to 8:00PM EDT

Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001-5403

Phone (202) 842 0200

Friday, April 05, 2019

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi at Hemphill

One of my fave DMV area artists is having a solo at Hemphill:
HEMPHILL is pleased to announce the exhibition, HEDIEH JAVANSHIR ILCHI: I surrender to you, ashen lands and blue skies, opening on Saturday, May 11, 2019 with a reception from 6-8pm. The exhibition will remain on view through June 29, 2019.
Moving to an aerial view, observing from a distance, there may be no such thing as a cultural war. There may only be a process, a moment in an ever-evolving world of cultural forces. Although this viewpoint does not champion good or evil, it does acknowledge movement and outcome. The paintings of Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi arise from cultures often portrayed at war. Each culture measures itself by a different clock. Each respective clock sometimes runs faster than the other, then slower, sometimes backward and then again forward. The clocks rarely synchronize, until the conflicts are spent and the two clocks merge. Ilchi’s work takes us to an aerial viewpoint where we see traditional Persian imagery merging with modernist American painting techniques. The content is not in conflict, but there is sense of broken parts coming together and things from a past appearing in a present. Contrary to our times, where a speeding flow of expedient information engulfs everything, Ilchi asks us to step back, slow down, take the aerial view. From this vantage point we see intricately executed tazhib patterns, sometimes floating over and at other times captured within scenes of organic chaos. Chaos created by the layering of translucencies, controlled pours and the topographical accumulations of paint. It is as though we are witnessing the reactions of chemical components. It takes time to comprehend the dazzling luminosities of her paintings, to see the merging of two cultures. Yet Ilchi’s work is not of an ideal state, there is a sense of trouble in her pictures, an apprehension of beauty, and a pining wishful-ness for the outcomes we are moving towards.
Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi was born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran and currently lives and works in the Washington DC area. Ilchi received a BFA with honors from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2006 and an MFA in Studio Art from the American University in 2011. She has been awarded residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, The Jentel Foundation, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She has exhibited in New York, Switzerland, Washington DC and Winston- Salem, NC and her work is included in several private and public collections. HEDIEH JAVANSHIR ILCHI: I surrender to you, ashen lands and blue skies is the artist’s second exhibition at Hemphill Fine Arts.