Last June, the Corcoran Gallery of Art sold a small collection of rugs at Sotheby's. One of them, a famed 17th century Persian rug known as the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet, after its distinctive patterning, outdid all predictions: The piece sold for $33.8 million, well over the $5 to $7 million estimate. In all, the lot [...]
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Heaven help the curator who’s asked to assemble works for the post-mortem gallery of the soon-to-be Corcoran Contemporary, National Gallery of Art. If a plan is approved for the Corcoran to be absorbed by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University, the institution’s Beaux-Arts building will contain something called the “Corcoran Legacy” gallery, [...]
Last week, Washington witnessed a death that has been predicted year after year since at least the late 1960s. And yet, after so many identity crises and near-death experiences and especially the trauma of the last five years, the demise of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design as we know it [...]
Former National Portrait Gallery director Martin Sullivan has died, the Associated Press reports.
During Sullivan's tenure as director, the museum extended the purview of its commissioned portraits beyond those of American presidents and first ladies to include such figures as Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Alice Waters. Perhaps more importantly, under Sullivan's leadership, the National Portrait Gallery expanded the range of its [...]
D.C. painter Cory Oberndorfer is the local art world’s Katy Perry: His work is pure pop, and he almost never fails to find a hit with D.C. audiences. An artist who is consistent sometimes to the point of monotony, Oberndorfer's latest show is a surprise—and not in the best of senses. "Pop: Sucker," a new [...]
A lot of people were surprised by yesterday's announcement that the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its college would be absorbed by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. After all, since last April, the troubled institution had been pursuing publicly a partnership with the University of Maryland.
Leaders at UMD, it turns out, were [...]
At an all-staff meeting yesterday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, officials from the Corcoran and George Washington University gathered curators, faculty, and administrators to give them the news: the Corcoran would be absorbed. Staff shed tears as they learned that the college would become an adjunct of George Washington University and the museum's art [...]
Faculty at the Corcoran College of Art + Design were summoned to an all-faculty meeting at 4:30 p.m. today. Corcoran provost Bill Richardson urged all to attend, his "tone positive," according to one professor there. None of the professors I spoke with today knew going into the meeting that the Corcoran as they know it [...]
In a presentation at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Saturday, architects and library officials walked through three proposals to redesign and transform the city’s central library. Leading architects from each of the three teams—the Dutch firm Mecanoo and D.C. firm Martinez+Johnson Architecture, the Canadian firm Patkau Architects and D.C. firm Ayers Saint [...]
Here's the first big surprise move on the D.C. art scene in 2014: George Mason University is teaming up with Flashpoint, the gallery run by CulturalDC. In a move announced earlier this month, George Mason University's School of Art and arts management program will work with CulturalDC staff and Flashpoint artists to program exhibits, or [...]