Arts Desk

Art Roundup: Cadillac Smith Edition

If You Build It...: D.C. officials are trying to woo film-production companies with a Mount Vernon Square space they hope could become a soundstage—which is one solid way, the thinking goes, to attract more film productions to the District. At-large Councilmember Vincent Orange says he hopes the project can be a "public-private partnership."

A Man Must Have a Code: Yesterday, local crime author George Pelecanos held an "IAmA" live chat on Reddit, where he fielded queries from fans for a while. Mostly, they want to know about his days writing for The Wire, as well as his current gig writing for Treme, though he also explains the inspiration behind his latest book: "What It Was is based on a real-life guy, Cadillac Smith, who went on a crime spree in the summer of '72 in D.C., when Watergate broke. Police and the Mob were involved in trying to bring him down. I took the seeds of his story, called him Red 'Fury' Jones, fictionalized the details, and threw Derek Strange and Frank Vaughn into the mix."

Acquisitions Corner: The National Gallery of Art has acquired an 1848 painting, "Still Life With Fruit and Nuts," by Robert Seldon Duncanson, reports The Style Blog. Duncanson is believed to be the first African-American artist "to receive international acclaim," Style Blog reports, and the work is one of less than a dozen still-lifes the artist made. It goes on permanent display beginning today. According to The New York Times, the seller is a private collector.

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