Author Archive for Maura Judkis

Arts Group to City Council: Fix Loophole that Puts Artists’ Work at Risk

If a gallery goes bankrupt—as businesses are wont to do in these recessionary times—creditors can seize it and all of its assets within under current D.C. law. That includes the work the artists have entrusted the gallery to sell. And while that scenario hasn't yet occurred in the District, one group is working to ensure [...]

Meet the (Almost) Local Artists in Bravo’s New Work of Art

No one from D.C. made it onto Sarah Jessica Parker's Play-Doh/Crayola crafts hour Work of Art (debuting tonight at 11 on Bravo) and that is probably for the best. The show is as likely to produce America's Next Great Artist as Bravo's Real Housewives series is likely to produce America's Next Great Example of Good [...]

When Tagging Reagan National Airport, Make Sure Your Art Doesn’t Depict a Bomb

One of Rene Gagnon's bomber works.
Rene Gagnon is a bomber, in the way that street artists refer to putting their work up in public as "bombing." He is not a bomber in the way that kills people. Nonetheless, his stickers that depict himself as a suicide paint bomber (those are spray cans attached to his [...]

Artist Louise Bourgeois Dies at 98

Louise Bourgeois, the subject of a major retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum last year, died of a heart attack yesterday in New York at the age of 98. She was best known for her deeply psychological sculptures inspired by childhood memories, sexuality and relationships. Her most famous works are a series of giant bronze spiders [...]

Another Summer, Another Search for a Museum Director

Corcoran director Paul Greenhalgh resigned yesterday, and if Corcoran employees want to commiserate, they should look no further than their neighbors on the Mall. In the past few years, the District's art museums and organizations have experienced a high rate of turnover for their top jobs, especially at high-profile institutions like the Hirshhorn and the [...]

Last Chance: Transformer Gallery’s “Cornfield”

These are the real children of the corn—the ones who grow up poor in small agricultural towns, who drop out of school because their future is bleak, who drink because there's nothing better to do. Transformer Gallery's latest installation brings us to their hangout: the cornfield, where illicit activities can be easily concealed, and hours [...]

Unemployment Rate Rises, But Artist John Anderson Has Jobs for Everyone

The unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent for the month of April, but artist John Anderson wishes the thousands of people seeking work would come to him. He'll give them a job—and you, too. He has jobs for everyone, an unlimited amount: He's a one-man economic salve. The jobs are for workers of every age [...]

Have You Seen This Apocalyptic D.C. Painting? Neither Has the Artist

Take a good look at this painting: It's how artist Alan Sonneman once thought our fair city could meet its end. In a serene, blue sky, an atomic bomb mushroom-clouds over the District, visible from the viewpoint of drivers across the Roosevelt Bridge. So simultaneously calm and terrifying, it's no wonder the painting caused a [...]

Can Andrew Wodzianski Make Himself at Home in his Corporate-Sponsored Residential-Art Piece?

On Andrew Wodzianski’s fifth day living in a storefront window at 1318 U Street NW, I ask the artist a question he finds difficult to answer: How does he feel about the real estate company sponsoring the exhibit placing limitations on what he can and cannot do there?
He pauses for a while, and then begins [...]

Last Chance: “Naked” by A.B. Miner at G Fine Art

The debut show in G Fine Art's new space, Al Miner's "Naked," closes Saturday, so this week is your last chance to see the artist at his barest. A City Lights pick last month outlined Miner's self portraits—both of his scarred and scabbed chest following a double mastectomy, and of his face in various states [...]