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Summer Visual Arts Preview

  At some point soon, we will all need respite from the summer heat — some dimly lit, air-conditioned place away from the blistering July...

Book Hill Art Walk, May 5

    The Georgetown Galleries of Book Hill will host their annual Spring Art Walk this Friday, May 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. The walk...

Portrait Gallery’s ‘The Face of Battle’

    There is a tragic impermanence to artwork about war. For each immortal painting like “Guernica” or “The Third of May 1808” (Picasso and Goya,...

June Schwarcz at the Renwick

Generally speaking, the “how” of art is not something that particularly interests me. A great deal of expository efforts go into exhibition descriptions of...

In the Tower at the National Gallery: Theaster Gates

  Walking into the Tower of the National Gallery of Art’s East Building, you are greeted by monuments. Towering planes and structures of stone and...

At the Hirshhorn: Kusama’s Meditative Carnival

The hype was staggering from the moment it was announced. The Hirshhorn would mount the first Washington exhibition of Yayoi Kusama, the radical Japanese...

Museums Are Our Responsibility: Visual Arts Preview

One of our new president’s campaign promises was to eliminate government waste, pledging to cut all unnecessary federal spending. This includes line items like...

Toulouse-Lautrec at the Phillips Collection

Of all the Post-Impressionists in 19th-century France, perhaps no artist has maintained such a lasting cultural influence as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Admittedly, there is an...

Herman Leonard’s Jazz Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

In all of American art, there is no contribution more significant to history than jazz. It is difficult to overstate this. The evolution of this...

“Stuart Davis: In Full Swing” at the National Gallery

    I was 17 when I first saw Willem de Kooning’s black-and-white paintings from the late 1940s. These were the years just before his legacy...

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