Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Pretend-Land Washington Edition

Capital Girls, the first in a trilogy about rich and connected babes doing Washington-y things in pretend-land Washington, lands on shelves today. Don't all hit Barnes & Noble at once. [Post]

Washingtonian speaks with artist Kathryn Cornelius about her plan to marry and divorce seven people at the Corcoran this weekend. "I’m just hoping the piece starts a conversation," she says. [Washingtonian]

As part of Barbara Kruger's "Belief + Doubt" exhibit at the Hirshhorn—opening Aug. 20—the artist's loud proclamations are emblazoned in mundane places not normally reserved for art. The words "You want it, you buy it, you forget it" are on display in the museum's gift shop. [Around the Mall]

The Smithsonian's excellent credit rating is at risk because of pending federal budget cuts. [Washington Business Journal]

A traveling exhibition now showing in Paris includes several D.C. artworks seized on the Serbian-Bulgarian-Romanian border. [Post]

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