Author Archive for John Anderson

Reviewed: Chuck Close, “New Work” at Adamson Gallery

There's not much new to discuss when it comes to Chuck Close's subjects. Mark continues to be Mark. Lucas continues to be Lucas. After 40 years, the portraits of Close's friends and family are no longer strangers to us. We're all old friends, and we know them by their first names.
Never mind most of them [...]

Vitamin A: Cliff Evans, “Drones in the Garden”

In which our art critics highlight their favorite works on view.
There are the familiar elements of a Cliff Evans video collage: the camera zooms forever inward, objects move across the screen, borrowed imagery combines with constructed elements. His looping three-minute video, "Drones in the Garden," on view at Curator's Office to Dec. 20, demonstrates a [...]

Vitamin A: Douglass Huebler’s “Location Piece No. 6 – National”

In which our art critics highlight their favorite works on view
A guy putting on the green. Firefighters battling a blaze. A woman walking a duck. Young women seated around a nun strumming a guitar. All are subjects of a work by Douglas Huebler titled "Location Piece #6 – National," which is included as a part [...]

Reviewed: Melissa Ichiuji at Galerie Lareuse

Political caricature is usually the purview of cartoonists. Melissa Ichiuji's recent work, however, dips a toe into the pool—though her pieces are more closely related to Honoré Daumier than say, Bill Day or his contemporaries. Of course, there is one principle distinction: Ichiuji's portrait busts are made from, among other things, ladies' undergarments.
"Fair Game," the series [...]

Take It to the Bridge, Week 9: Occupy

In each of the last nine weeks you could say that artists have occupied the Corcoran. Well, at least they've occupied the bridge over its entryway. With that in mind, for the final installment of "Take It to the Bridge," dancer Maida Withers aims to perform a work inspired by the Occupy movement. For her [...]

Take It to the Bridge, Week 8: Bridging the Light

Annie Albagli's "Bridging the Light," which opens today, possesses a couple of subtle aims. Riffing on the influence of Richard Diebenkorn, whose exhibition runs at the Corcoran through Sept. 23, Albagli's screenprints on polyester film play with light as it filters through the bridge and into the gallery.

Take It to the Bridge, Week 7: “Maid to Order”

This weekend in the Corcoran bridge: identity politics! Saturday, the Take It to the Bridge series hosts Carolina Mayorga's "Maid in the USA," in which the artist will be engaged in a constant act of tidying up the gallery's entryway.
The performance does something similar to the movie A Day Without a Mexican, drawing attention to residents that [...]

Take It to the Bridge, Week 6: “COLON:Y”

D.C. is awash with paper work. At least that's what "COLON:Y"—a collaboration by artists Wilmer Wilson and Chukwuma Agubokwu—suggests in the sixth installation of Take It to the Bridge at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Their project, the Airborne Leaflet Campaign, will situate upward of half a dozen printers into the museum's bridge performance space, [...]

Take It to the Bridge, Week 5: Sarah Levitt

There is a safety procedure for most disasters. Locate the nearest exit. Avoid exterior windows. Your seat cushion can be used as a flotation device. Pop quiz: What do you do when the ground beneath your feet suddenly gives way? Procedures for Ground Loss Safety, the fifth installment of the "Take It to the Bridge" [...]

Take It to the Bridge, Week 4: Kathryn Cornelius

Dress number 3 – too small #needtolosemoreweight

It will be the sound of wedding bells Saturday at the Corcoran during this weekend's installment of "Take It to the Bridge,” the series co-presented by the Washington Project for the Arts: Performance artist Kathryn Cornelius plans to marry (and divorce) seven suitors. It’s a timely piece given all [...]

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