Posts Tagged ‘blake gopnik’

Dawson’s Creak: Reflections on “Real Art D.C.”

In case you missed it, last week The Washington Post announced Steven Silburg as the winner of its Real Art D.C. contest. It's an honor to be the top dog in any race, but this prize is a little dubious—and not just because of the title, which evokes two reality shows that create more court jesters [...]

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 [...]

Arts Roundup: Interactive Map vs. Interactive Map Edition

Good morning! Arena Stage's 2010-2011 season starts today, which means its massive $135 million Mead Center for American theater is open to the public. TBD is doing a huge curtain-raiser today, which includes a chat with Arena's communications director at noon and an interactive map (avec video) of the new facility. How does it compare [...]

What Happens in D.C. Stays in D.C., Unless It also Happens in New York

Sometimes it seems like the only way for D.C. artists to get a little respect is to leave town. Take Dan Steinhilber, an artist who lives and works in the District, and is represented locally by G Fine Art. In his Style section piece this past Sunday, WaPo chief art critic Blake Gopnik praises Steinhilber, [...]

Arts Roundup: Two Trips to Guapo’s Edition

Good morning! Wale has offended Baltimore. Later today on Arts Desk, we'll ponder: Why does D.C.'s biggest rapper have the lamest controversies ever?
The Washington Post Magazine thinks this air-guitar champion is worth your time. Plus: The National Pinball Museum is coming to the beleaguered Shops at Georgetown Park mall.
Why does WaPo's Blake Gopnik get to review the Hirshhorn's Yves Klein retrospective twice?
City [...]

Artomatic Likely on Hold Until 2011: Is That a Good Thing?

Earlier this week, DCist reported that Artomatic organizers have been scouting Hine Junior High School at 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE as a possible location for the gargantuan, uncurated exhibition this fall. Rebecca Stone Gordon, a member of the board of directors for AoM, partially squashed the rumor in the comments section: In all [...]

Arts Roundup: Ribisi Takes the Cupcake Edition

Good morning! If Arts Desk has a favorite topic, it has to be Washington Post music-related eff-ups (see here, here, here, here). Or possibly Fan Death.
Yesterday's error might take the 9:30 Club cupcake. In a photo accompanying Chris Richard's lovely rundown of Sunday's Earth Day concert on the mall, the Roots bassist Owen Biddle was misidentified [...]

The Hirshhorn Bubble: Audacious, but Is It Art? Our Critics Weigh In

If Hirshhorn Museum Director Richard Koshalek gets his way—and it seems he will—then beginning in 2011 the National Mall will get a pretty striking makeover. Well, at least for two months a year.
News of the plan to install a giant bubble atop the Hirshhorn—the inflatable, removable, 145-foot structure would snake through the museum's central courtyard—broke [...]

Jeanne-Claude and Christo’s Work Will Continue

The artist Jeanne-Claude, who, with her husband, Christo, was responsible for creating some of the grandest environmental installation pieces in contemporary art, died Wednesday of complications from a brain aneurysm. She was 74.
Jeanne-Claude and Christo's best-known recent work was 2005's The Gates, for which the artists installed more than 7,000 saffron-covered fabric panels along 23 [...]