Posts Tagged ‘Ed Ruscha’

At the National Gallery of Art, a Tiny Exhibit Flips Rapidly Through Landmark Photobooks

The National Gallery of Art's latest photo exhibit fits into what is basically a vestibule.

The Best Photographic Images of 2013

The best photographic images in D.C. museums and galleries this year offered a memorable confluence of visual elements, engaged in conceptual experimentation, and made clever use of atypical materials and techniques. They were not, in other words, antiquated. But among my five favorites, only one was made in 2013.
The others were from 1947, 1956, 1973, [...]

Reviewed: “Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990″ at the National Building Museum

“Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990” at the National Building Museum offers a scope as sprawling as the city it documents, encompassing architecture, transportation, urban development, entertainment, the environment, and consumerism.
The exhibit is largely respectful in tone—it’s no City of Quartz, Mike Davis’ classic, dyspeptic assessment of the city published in 1990, not long before [...]

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 [...]

“Mexico: Expected/Unexpected” at American University Museum, Reviewed

American University’s current show, "Mexico: Expected/Unexpected," certainly contains an unexpected array of artists: Ana Mendieta, Gordon Matta-Clark, William Eggleston, Doug Aitken, John Baldessari, and Ed Ruscha. Notice: They're not Mexican.
But don't be alarmed just yet, because there are Mexican voices throughout this exhibition, curated by Carlos Basauldo (it first showed at the Maison Rouge in Paris). He culled [...]