Tuesday, May 10, 2016

DMV Trasures: “Lincoln Borne by Loving Hands”

There were no cameras outside Ford's Theatre on the night of April 14th, 1865, as a group of men carried a wounded man out of the building. But German artist Carl Bersch captured the scene on his sketchpad as he sat on a nearby porch.
The oil painting by Carl Bersch of a mortally wounded President Abraham Lincoln as he is moved from Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy: Carol M. Highsmith, Library of Congress)
 Read the whole article and the six month restoration of the painting here.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Much ado about the wrong title

A Page With Two Horses. 1660 by Albert Cuyp
Kensington Palace officials were reportedly involved in a last-minute scramble to remove the word 'negro' from a painting moments before the Obamas arrived for dinner with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Read the whole article here

But what I find interesting is that  the real title of this painting is A Page With Two Horses, 1660 by Albert Cuyp; a well-documented painting from The Royal Collection. The article is incorrect in the title that it gives the painting.

Apparently it is also known as The Negro Page, which is what the offensive name plate said... I find it odd that instead of the real title (A Page With Two Horses), it had all this time a nickname title (The Negro Page) on the name plate.

Five gets you ten that when a name plate is re-affixed to the painting, it will say A Page With Two Horses, cough, cough.

Panel Discussion and Micro-Monuments Exhibition Opening

Presented by the Washington SculptorsGroup (WSG) and The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) 

Center for Hellenic Studies                                      
3100 Whitehaven Street, NW                                               
Washington, DC 20008                            
Tel (202) 745-4411                                      

Friday, May 27, 2016 5:30-6:30 pm, House-A

7-9 pm, Main Building

Free and open to the public; reservations required  
RSVP by May 21, 2016 to events@chs.harvard.edu  

Parking is available on-site and on Whitehaven Street, N.W.   
The Washington Sculptors Group and The Center for HellenicStudies are pleased to jointly present this panel discussion in conjunction with the U.S. opening of the Micro-Monuments exhibition at the CHS campus after its international launch at the Salzland Museum in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The panel includes Paul M. Farber, Artemis Herber, Kenneth Lum, Sven Schipporeit, Svenja Müller-Schipporeit, and Elsabé Dixon, Moderator.    

Paul M. Farber, PhD is a scholar and curator based in Philadelphia. He is currently a Postdoctoral Writing Fellow at Haverford College. Farber is also a founding co-curator and director of “Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia,” which premiered last year at Philadelphia's City Hall.  
Artemis Herber completed her MFA at the University of Paderborn in Germany. Herber is currently the President of the Washington Sculptors Group, and works as an artist and curator for Transatlantic Projects.  
Kenneth Lum resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he is a Professor in the School of Design, at the University of Pennsylvania. Lum has exhibited widely, including in the São Paulo Biennial (1998), Shanghai Biennale (2000), Documenta 11 (2002), the Istanbul Biennial (2007), the Gwangju Biennale (2008), Moscow Biennial 2011, and the Whitney Biennial 2014. 
Sven Schipporeit, PhD, Heidelberg University, teaches at the University of Vienna. A Classical Archaeologist, his main focus lies on the interaction between religion, imagery, architecture, urban development and society, from archaic Greece to early Imperial Rome. 
Svenja Müller-Schipporeit, PhD, received her degree from Heidelberg University, and studied Classical Archaeology, Greek Philology, and Ancient History in Berlin and Heidelberg. She teaches at Vienna University. Her research interests lie in the relation of topography, urban and rural landscape, religion and cults, mentality and social structures in ancient societies.  

ABOUT THE MODERATOR: Elsabé Dixon is a conceptual artist working primarily with live organisms. Dixon has participated in artist presentations at the Textile Museum as well as the Smithsonian, Freer, and Sackler Museums in Washington, D.C. Dixon received her BFA in Art from the University of Averett, and her MFA from George Mason University. She is Vice-President of the Washington Sculptors Group.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: The concept of “Micro-Monuments” conveys a global perspective through miniaturization as a symptom of our times that derived from diverse cultural backgrounds of the exhibiting artists. The exhibition explores the omnipresence of monuments as a universal idea in art within a trans-disciplinary and trans-cultural context of today. As an exhibition returning from Germany to the United States and its place of origin, the city of Washington, D.C., the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) creates an even more interconnected field between cultures, societies, and time through a cross-cultural collaboration.

Participating Artists: Julia Bloom, Greg Braun, Elsabe Dixon, Stephanie Firestone, Felicia Glidden, Carol B. Goldberg, Tom Greaves, Edel Gregan, Jonathan Guyer, Kelly Lorraine Hendrickson, Jin Lee, Leigh  Maddox, Jaqueline Maggi, James Mallos, Kass McGowan, Elizabeth Miller McCue, Jim Paulsen, Tatyana Schremko, Mike Shaffer, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Garret Strang, Lawrence S. Watson, Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin.

Juried by Anne Reeve, Curated by Artemis Herber.

"Micro-Monuments" will be on view from May 27 – October 15, 2016 at the Center for Hellenic Studies. Open Monday – Friday 10am – 12pm / 2-4pm and by appointment

Sunday, May 08, 2016

52 O Street Artist OPEN STUDIOS: Spring 2016

Location: 52 O Street Artist Studios
52 O St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Between North Capitol Street and First street NW, north of New York Ave
Metro: NOMA red line
Date: Saturday May 21st & Sunday May 22nd 2016 Time: 11am-6pm 

The 52 O Street Artist Open Studios is an annual event that invites the public into the creative spaces of the artists and designers who work and live in the artist studios at 52 O Street. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet artists, learn about their creative process and purchase artworks directly from the site of creation. 

Since its inception in 1978, 52 O Street has been an integral part of the DC arts community. The building provides both living space and creative work space to a variety of artists and designers in different mediums. 

Conveniently located a short walk from the NOMA Metro Station on the Red Line, in the Washington DC Truxton Circle neighborhood, the 52 O Street Artist Studios is between North Capitol Street and First street NW (north of New York Ave). 

The building will be open for visitors to explore and meet the artists from 11am to 6pm the weekend of Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd. 

Participating artists work in a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. The 2016 Spring 52 O Street Artists Open Studio event will include: painters, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Thom Flynn, Cianne Fragione, Dan Treado, Kelly Towles, Tom Bunnell, Laura Tighe Katie Pumphrey, Rachel Farbiarz and Charles Jean Pierre; sculptor Matt Hollis; photographers, Caitlin Teal Price, Jonathan Ellis, Veronica Ramos, and Pitch Fork Studio (Erin Scott + Abby Greenawalt); fashion designers, Virginia Arrisueño, DeNada and Skylar Javier, Native Danger, accessory designer Vesna Kustudic of Mint Lola; Homme boutiques/gallery curated by Amir Browder; goldsmiths and instructors for JewelryClassDC Daniel Valencia and Emily Reeder; natural skincare curator Becky Waddell of Be Clean; interior designer, Veronica Revilla and co-working space Locale Workspace.

For more information please visit them online.
Website: http://52ostreet.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/52OStreet/

Saturday, May 07, 2016

José Raúl Capablanca

I've taught Little Junes how to play chess, and he asked me why I always open the game with the King's Knight opening.

It reminded me of José Raúl Capablanca y Graupera (19 November 1888 – 8 March 1942). Capa was a Cuban chess player who was world chess champion from 1921 to 1927. 

José Raúl Capablanca y Graupera
Nearly everyone who is a chess geek considers Capa as one of the greatest players of all time and it was he, not Bobby Fisher (who is one of Capa's greatest fans), who became the first person born outside of Europe to become world chess champion.

Chess geeks are always studying the masters' games and Capa is recognized as one of the best - he only lost 35 first class games in his entire career.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Is this new for the Washington Post?

This medical article in the WaPo is a fascinating read and I highly recommend it. I was also startled to find the article illustrated by a series of original artworks (23 of them!) credited to Robert Carter.

Artwork by Robert Carter
The works are actually quite good! See them here.

GRACE Call for Artists

Deadline May 21 ‏

This summer the Greater Reston Arts Center will present its second biennial exhibition highlighting the talents of their artist members.

Juried by a distinguished outside guest curator, this group exhibition will feature multiple artists working in a variety of media and treating a wide range of themes. 

This call is open to all artists. Application fee is a $35 membership to the Greater Reston Arts Center. Read more

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Call for Artists

Deadline: May 6
In association with Woolly Mammoth’s upcoming production of An Octoroon, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Sheldon Scott Studios is calling for visual artists to include in their exhibition, Radical Re-imaginings: Our Racialized Past, Present, and Futures. This is an all-media call for a public art project at Woolly Mammoth featuring DC area artists responding to the ways in which America’s racialized past continues to inform our present moment.
Details here. 

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Fox 5’s Shawn Yancy's really, really good artwork

Whodda Thunk It? Local DMV news anchor Shawn Yancy is not only one of the region's top newscasters but also a superbly talented artist!
You have said that journalism is black and white, while art is more of a creative outlet. Do you think journalism and art complement each other, or are they different?
I think they’re different. I don’t think news is as black and white as it used to be, but it’s black and white. We’re supposed to look at the facts. For me, art is my opinion all the time. In TV news, every now and then we can give a little opinion. In art, it’s all my opinion. It’s colorful. That’s not to say news isn’t creative because certainly there’s a lot of creativity and thought that goes into the shows that we produce and air every day. But it’s different. There are certain guidelines that we need to follow. This is the difference: News, basically you stay in [the] lines. With art, you can color outside of the lines. I never liked it when teachers said, ‘Color in the lines.’ I don’t believe that’s what you should do when it comes to art.
Installation paintings by Shawn Yancy

Read a really informative and very well-written piece about Shawn in Bethesda Magazine (which is usually taking the brunt of my ire for their lackluster coverage of the visual arts, but gets an A+ this time) here.

To see more of her work, visit her website at shawnyancy.com.

Tomorrow: Alper Session

May 5th
5:30-7:00 pm

Join the Alper for the second session of Free Parking, a series of salon-style conversations in the Alper Initiative for Washington Art. It could get rowdy as we review the life and art of musicians in the 70s and 80s DC Punk and New Wave music scenes. Special guests Bill Warrell and Michael Olshonsky.

This event is free and open to anyone interested in discussing the art and artists of the Washington Metropolitan area. Space is limited.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Touchstone Gallery celebrates 40 years!

Congrats to Touchstone Gallery! In gallery years, 40 is like 200 years for most other businesses!

May 4 – 29, 2016

Hors d’Oeuvres provided by Acadiana Restaurant
Brazilian music by Tom Rohde, guitar and Pablo Regis de Oliveira, cavaquinho
(Free and open to the public)

40th Anniversary Show including artwork by 50 current and 40 former gallery artists.

Exhibiting Artists: Lina Alattar, Steve Alderton, David Alfuth, Linda Bankerd, Ann Barbieri, David Beers, Harmon Biddle, Jo Ann Block, Jill E. Brantley, Richard Braswell, Dana Brotman, Chica Brunsvold, Roberto Carvalho, Danny Conant, Marcia Coppel, Tory Cowles, Charlie Dale, Lionel Daniels, Mari DeMaris, Anthony Dortch, Susan De Serio Faden, Susan Feller, Connie Fleres, Elaine Florimonte, Michelle Frazier, Pamela Frederick, Jeanne Garant, Judith Giuliani, Robert Goebel, M. Alexander Gray, Marco Gutierrez Zevallos, Patricia Helsing, Angela Herbert Hodges, Carolyn Johnson, Timothy Johnson, Leslie A. Johnston, Peter Karp, Aleksandra Katargina, Nihal Kececi, Makda Kibour, Ai-Wen Wu Kratz, Chee-Keong Kung, Harvey Kupferberg, Michael Lang, Paula Lantz, Cathy Leaycraft, Carl Lennartson, Francine Livaditis, Teresa RobertsLogan, Carol Lopatin, Marge Loudon Moody, Shelley Lowenstein, Rosemary Luckett, Mary H. Lynch, Kate McConnell, Pete McCutchen, JoAnn McInnis, McCain McMurray, Newton S. More, Bill Mould, Georgia Nassikas, Minna Nathanson, Aina Nergaard-Nammack, Leslie M. Nolan, Nancy Novick, Mary D. Ott , Mark Palmer, Cheryl Parsons, Wendy Plotkin-Mates, Lauren Rader, BD Richardson, Ron Riley, April Rimpo, Michelle Rogers, Colleen Sabo, Amy Sabrin, Claudia Samper, Rhona LK Schonwald, Rima Schulkind, Janathel Shaw, Connie Slack, Janos Somogyi, Maureen M. Squires, Tre, Mary Trent Scott, Lisa Tureson, Rosa Vera, Gail Vogels, Gale Wallar, Jonathan Wassom, Ellyn Weiss, Janet Wheeler, Melissa Widerkehr, Patricia Williams.

“Do I Know You?” by Paula Lantz
Paula Lantz presents part of an on-going theme of boldly painted and collaged abstracted figures.

"A Few of my Favorite Things” by Colleen Sabo
This show will feature all new work completed within the past two years in oils. Included will be landscapes, city scenes, florals and still lifes, with an emphasis on French landscapes.

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave NW
Washington DC 20001
Tel: 202-347-2787
Open: Wednesday-Friday 11-6, Saturday-Sunday 12-5

Monday, May 02, 2016

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2016

Artists wishing to be considered for an exhibit in the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) galleries are invited to submit a general exhibit application. The HCAC Exhibits Committee meets quarterly to review applications and select artists for the exhibit space. Artists, ages 18 and older, working in all media and styles including time-based and installation artists, are encouraged to apply either individually or as a group. The Committee also welcomes proposals from curators and organizations.
Detailed entry guidelines are available on the ‘Exhibits’ page of the HCAC website, for pick-up at the Howard County Center for the Arts, or by mail by calling 410-313-2787 or emailing info@hocoarts.org. The next deadline for submissions is Friday, July 1, 2016.
HCAC manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts with over 2100 square feet of exhibit space. The HCAC gallery program was established to enhance the public’s appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists.
HCAC presents 11-12 exhibits per year of national, regional, and local artists, including two-person, small and large group, juried, curated, and community shows.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10AM - 8PM, Saturday 10AM - 4PM, and Sunday 12 - 4PM.  To learn more about HCAC programs and exhibits, call 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit hocoarts.org.  

Sunday, May 01, 2016

The Batman Brooding Over Robin

Newest piece that marries technology with contemporary drawing: A traditional drawing of The Batman as he sits in the dank bat cave brooding over the death of Robin. In the embedded video we have a 6.5 minute embedded video loop that focuses on the relationship between the Dark Knight and The Boy Wonder.

The background, as usual, contains a series of double encrypted messages (in the "cracks" on the wall. Click on the images for a larger version.

The Batman in The Batcave (Brooding Over Robin)  Charcoal, conte and Embedded Appropriated Video. Circa 2013  Framed to 30x40 inches.
The Batman in The Batcave (Brooding Over Robin)
Charcoal, conte and Embedded Appropriated Video. Circa 2013
Framed to 30x40 inches.

F. Lennox Campello's The Batman in The Batcave (Brooding Over Robin)  Charcoal, conte and Embedded Appropriated Video. Circa 2013  Framed to 30x40 inches.

The Batman in The Batcave (Brooding Over Robin)  Charcoal, conte and Embedded Appropriated Video. Circa 2013  Framed to 30x40 inches.

Call for photographers: Photo '16

Entry deadline:June 30, 2016

Photo ‘16 is a national juried fine art photography exhibit at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. 
We are extremely pleased that Sam Abell, long-time National Geographic photographer who contributed some of the most intriguing and memorable images in the Geographic, will be the juror for this competition and exhibit.

All photographers living in the U.S., 18 years or older working in traditional, digital or alternative photographic processes are eligible to participate.

Exhibit dates: October 18, 2016 - November 27, 2016
Awards and Reception: Saturday, October 29, 2016: 2pm-4pm

Details here.

Saturday, April 30, 2016


Come talk to the critics and meet the artist for the closing of 'The Critiqued' at The Otis Street Art Project.
We are honored to have our distinguished critics F. Lennox Campello, Adah Rose Bitterbaum, Michael O’Sullivan to return. We will revisit common artistic issues discussed throughout the year and the critiqued experience.

Doors open at 6pm
Panel 6:30-7:30pm
Party 7:30-8:30pm
Exhibiting Artists:
Zofie Lang
Christian Tribastone
Ceci Cole McInturff
Amy Hughes Braden
Jose Fernandez
Alexandra Silverthorne
Fallon Chase
Amber Robles-Gordon
Joan Belmar
Katie Pumphrey
Steven Durow
Jacqui Crocetta
Stephanie Booth

If you have not seen this show yet it's a must see. They are open Saturdays 12-5, Tue-Fri by appointment.

 See the review in the Washington Post here.

Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street

Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Friday, April 29, 2016

Spectacular Children Art

First some images of kindergarten artwork from Sidwell Friends Lower School, followed by a video of the SFS Lower School Art show... some of this work is just breath-taking!  The video is all the way at the bottom...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Art Scam Alert!

Be careful with this mutant:
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Paintings ‘stolen’ from the Internet

It’s a show called “Can t you sue ppl for stealing tweets isn’t that playjarism?” and it consists of 15 oil paintings, none of which were made by Lavoie. He didn’t even see them until the day they were installed, though he came up with the ideas, negotiated with subcontractors and signed off on every stage of the work. He did everything that a creative director and project manager would do at an ad agency, except that he didn’t have to get a client’s approval.
Read here the details of this fascinating approach to 21st century art (which in variant forms has been employed by artists since the atelier was invented). 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Next month...

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
May 14, 10am - 6pm and May 15, 10am - 5pm

130 artists from throughout the United States and Canada will converge in Bethesda's  Woodmont Triangle for the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. Along with booths of fine art and fine craft, the festival will feature live musical, great eats from Bethesda restaurants and a children's activity area. 

Join them for a unique shopping experience in downtown Bethesda. Browse jewelry, furniture, painting, photography, sculpture and more. 
Admission to the festival is free and free parking is available in the public parking garage on Auburn Avenue. This event is held rain or shine.