Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Illustrator Brian Biggs on Writer’s Block Remedies, Paying the Bills, and the Future of Publishing

"If books go away in favor of digital formats, will I still be able to find an audience and make a living?"

Enter Through the Gift Shop: Why the Hirshhorn’s Spectacle Strategy Is a Problem

In 2006, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden invited John Baldessari to curate a show in the museum’s basement, drawing from its permanent collection.
They could not have known what terrible things the pioneering conceptual artist would do to it. Baldessari took two of the museum’s most familiar contemporary pieces—Bruce Nauman’s “From Hand to Mouth” and Joseph [...]

Reviewed: Nira Pereg at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Nira Pereg’s video work “67 Bows” is manipulative, in both a literal sense and an emotional one. Pereg, a young native of Tel Aviv who studied in the United States before returning to Israel, has produced a loop video featuring a flock of flamingos in Germany’s Karlsruhe Zoo. (Warning: spoiler alert coming.) To footage of [...]

Reviewed: “Directions: Grazia Toderi” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Grazia Toderi, an Italian video artist, presents two large-scale works at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, each of them fantastical and distinctly unsettling. Orbite Rosse (Red Orbits, 2009), projected in almost total darkness, features a multi-layered brew of photographic and filmed imagery, primarily city lights as seen from a distance. Far from romantic, these [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: The Nobis, H Street: The Sitcom, Pentagram

Arin Greenwood leads the arts section this week with a profile of The Nobis, a Japanese electro-pop band that's restarting its career in D.C. post-tsunami. Mike Madden, Michael E. Grass, and I plot out the first season of H Street, an ill-advised sitcom that's allegedly in development. David Dunlap reviews the new record by Pentagram, a [...]

Reviewed: “Dermolition” at the Embassy of Chile

Looking at Yayo Tavolara’s works, now on display at the Chilean Embassy, one gets the distinct impression that, even though she’s become a Corcoran College of Art and Design-trained artist, Tavolara has never really left behind the influences of her earlier career—kinesiology and physical therapy. Tavolara’s works linger unblinkingly over viscera and injury—flapping strips of [...]

Arts Roundup: Playwright Infantilization Edition

Good morning! Let's get to it:
WaPo's David Malitz reviews the new Laughing Man record; here's our take from a few weeks back.
TBD's Maura Judkis rounds up statements from the Hirshhorn, the Catholic League, and ART+ re: the "Hide/Seek" controversy.
DCist and WaPo on Joshua Bell's short, impromptu performance for a small group of fans Wednesday, after [...]

Far Out vs. Hot Dang, Vol. 10

This weekly assemblage is now a decagon in the aggregate, yet it retains the general shape of Week 1, in which we told you that on one side are "the deep thoughts, the innovations, the reflections, the revelations, the oddballs and the acid trips" and on the other side are "the conflicts, the punchlines, the [...]

Jackass 3-D = Gainful Employment

The talk these days is whether the Jackass franchise is Art, but if you pay attention to the behavior of the prime players lately, it sure as heck seems like it's turned into Work. Of course, the Jackass world has always seemed like a constant grind for footage—even if it was just a clip of [...]

“We Changed the Conversation”: Philip Glass Interviewed, Part the Second

PREVIOUSLY! On ARTS DESK!
Prolific avant-garde composer Philip Glass will be dropping by the Corcoran Gallery of Art this evening at 6:30 to discuss his life, career, and four-decade friendship with Chuck Close, a tie in with the traveling exhibition Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration, which closes Sept. 26. In this, the second part [...]

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