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May 21, 2009

Art Chicago and NEXT  

I finally looked back through the various cards and artist bios I collected a couple of weeks ago at Art Chicago and NEXT. Here are a few artists that caught my interest: Galería Leyendecker, based in the Canary Islands, was showing (photo) a series of large-format photographic prints from a film by German artist Julian Rosefeldt. The images look like outakes from a western, with a shadowy cowboy figure in a desert landscape. Fittingly, the film was shot at Fort Bravo Texas Hollywood in Almeria, Spain, a film set originally used in one of Sergio Leone’s classic spagetti westerns. Dietrich […]

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Events
May 19, 2009

Idylls  

Idylls In partnership with the World Bank Art Programjuried by Andrea Pollan, Director of Curator’s Office The World Bank Main Complex Front Lobby Gallery 1818 H Street, NWWashington, DC 20433 Opening reception on Friday, May 29 from 6-8pm. The works can also be viewed around the clock from the glass exterior of the building on H Street between 18th and 19th Streets, NW. Washington Project for the Arts and the World Bank Art Program are pleased to present a collaborative exhibition, Idylls. The goal of this exhibition is to see how artists of this greater metropolitan area interpret the idea of […]

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Events
May 14, 2009

Mid City Artists Open Studios  

The Mid City Artists Spring Open Studios is going on this weekend May 16 and 17! I’ll be open on Sunday only from 12-5. Drop by and see a new series of photographs I’m currently working on. A map of artists studios can be downloaded from the MCA website. Many artist studios within walking distance of the Dupont/Logan Circles will be open for visitors with over 20 artists exhibiting. This is a unique opportunity to see some of DC’s most exciting artists in their ‘home environments.’ Check out the burgeoning local art scene that is finding its focus in the […]

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Events
May 14, 2009

Art Pathology  

My photograph Dos Puertas was recently accepted into the NIH Juried Art Show, which is currently on display in the NIH Clinical Center (Building 10) next to the library entrance. Next time you are in the neighborhood to pick up the latest copy of Omics or The British Journal of Inebriety, take time out to look at the artwork. On display from May 5 through July 3.

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Lawrence of Arabia and an Illegal Hotel  

Almost half a century ago ago this barren section of the Almeria coastline in southern Spain was bustling with the activity of a small metropolis. Workers were constructing a replica of the city of Aqaba for the filming of the famous battle scene in Lawrence of Arabia. After the shoot, the entire set was dismantled, leaving the rocky coastline exactly as it had been before. The site now lies within the borders of the protected natural park of Cabo de Gata. A few years ago, a developer began construction on a mega-resort complex alongside the Algarrobico beach, a few hundred […]

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Travels
Apr 10, 2009

Fire and Disorder  

Last week I stopped by the Adamson Gallery to see “Touched by Fire”, a collection of works by French photographer Martin d’Orgeval. One year ago, a fire destroyed Deyrolle, a famous taxidermy shop in Paris. D’Orgeval was there to photograph the shop after the fire, capturing scenes of half-charred animals amidst the disordered shop. At first glance, the images appear to serve primarily as a documentary record of a point in time. While items of furniture and other debris are piled up haphazardly, it is clear that someone has already come through and begun the process of cleaning up. However, […]

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Travels
Mar 28, 2009

The Urban Crisis  

One of the running themes that emerged at ARCO this year was about the expansion and transformation of urban spaces. Perhaps its not surprising that this theme was so prominent in the midts of an international economic crisis and declining real estate market. Cities around the world have experienced a boom in construction in recent years, only to see newly fabricated neighborhoods remain uninhabited. In other cases, existing urban areas are under growing pressure from expanding populations. Several photographers have focused on this problem. Belén Uriel: Uriel’s photograph Ideal House shows a colorful billboard with the outline of a cartoon-like […]

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Travels
Mar 28, 2009

ARCO  

In February I had the opportunity to attend ARCO, the international contemporary art fair that occurs every year in Madrid. I’d been curious to attend the fair, which has strong representation from galleries in Spain and Latin America, but I had no idea beforehand of the size and national prominence of the event. ARCO takes place in an enormous convention center (the entire complex has over 200,000 square meters of exhibition space) near the airport. The metro train from central Madrid was packed — at first I thought there was a soccer game on, but everyone was heading to ARCO, […]

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Events
Mar 28, 2009

Award for Erythrina  

  I recently attended a reception to honor the Enclave Arts Competition winners at the Enclave apartment complex in Silver Spring. I received the Distinguished Artist prize for my photographic print titled Erythrina. It was exciting to receive an award after seeing the high quality of the artwork selected, including some excellent student works. A student from Hyattsville, MD, won the $20,000 arts scholarship prize to go towards his education. There was some discussion on ArtDC about this contest regarding the terms of the agreement that artists signed to enter, which appeared to require artists to give up rights to […]

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