Author Archive for John Anderson

How the National Gallery is Finally Giving an Unsung Renaissance Painter His Due

Art-swapping and big restoration projects behind the scenes of Piero di Cosimo's first major solo retrospective

Obama’s 3-D Printed Bust will Debut at the National Portrait Gallery

A 21st-century counterpart to Lincoln's life masks

At the Fridge, Protest Fires Burn

Visions of a smoldering dystopia and a weasel with its prey

Piece of Work: Alma Thomas’ “Untitled” at Hemphill Fine Arts

Thomas stapled and taped the strips of paper into position reminding the viewer that it’s okay to rip things up and reassemble later.

At 30, Dark Star Park Marks the Birth of Rosslyn’s Public Art Efforts

This past Friday, Arlington County marked the 30th anniversary of Nancy Holt's Dark Star Park, the first since the artist's death from leukemia in February. There was plenty of pomp, with remarks from Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette and Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, but there was very little circumstance: The sun did not shine; it [...]

Piece of Work: Billy Friebele’s “U Street Chromatic (for Duke)”

Standout Piece: Billy Friebele’s “U Street Chromatic (for Duke),” a machine and mapping project mildly packaged as a U Street identity piece, contrasting Duke Ellington’s heyday with today. Friebele has created a drum kit that resembles a crude first draft of Short Circuit’s Johnny 5. Mounted on a hacked shopping cart, Friebele has assembled a [...]

Robert Irwin’s Future Hirshhorn Scrim is Tested for Wind Resistance in California

On Sunday, San Luis Obispo, California's Tribune reported that artist Robert Irwin and his assistant, Jeff Jamieson, are preparing for a site-specific scrim installation at the Hirshhorn in 2015.
"Right now it is a proposed site-conditioned project," confirms Glenn Dixon, public information officer at the Hirshhorn (and former WCP staffer). The scrim is intended to be placed under the drum [...]

“Washington Art Matters II,” Reviewed

The first "Washington Art Matters" exhibit, mounted last summer, was an incomplete thought: a colon, desperate for an exclamation point. Though were several remarkable works in the exhibition at the American University Museum—a 90-artist show assembled in less than two months by a skeleton crew and a shoe-string budget–something was missing. Perhaps the digital suggestion [...]

Vitamin A: Fasting Buddha at Sackler Gallery

Yoga is now better known for its pants than its spiritual enlightenment. But yoga's 2,000-plus-year history has much more to do with transforming the mind, predominantly through meditation. In fact, the early yoga art on view in the Sackler Gallery exhibit closing this weekend depicts mostly meditation, and none can be more disturbing or enchanting as the [...]

Vitamin A: The Dying Gaul at the National Gallery of Art

Students of Western art history generally appreciate the art of Greece and Rome as the pinnacle of achievement in the ancient world. The art of earlier civilizations was heavily stylized or idealized. The Romans tended to strip that idealization away, creating works that mirrored the subjects they represented. No one would describe the overweight portraits [...]