Posts Tagged ‘Edward Burtynsky’

Familiar Landscapes in Photos at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

“Terra Firma” is summertime filler—two small rooms of landscape photographs from the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s vaults. But in the dog days of August, filler can fit the mood perfectly.
This hodgepodge of an exhibition features characteristic landscape works by a range of photographic giants, including Carleton Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge, William Henry Jackson, Timothy O’Sullivan (whose [...]

Reviewed: “How Is the World?” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Exhibits of “new acquisitions” are hard to pull off—easier, perhaps, than exhibits of donations from particular collectors, but not by much. There’s little unity of theme, or of artistic vision; what the works share is simply that they were recently obtained. This is the challenge with the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s “How Is the World: [...]

Openings: Our City Film Festival and “How Is the World?” at Corcoran

What's new this weekend in local arts.
Beginning Saturday, the Corcoran shows off its new photography acquisitions in a new exhibition called How Is the World? Highlights include new self portraits by Kate O’Donovan Cook, Hank Willis Thomas' images that reflect elements of African-American identity, and Edward Burtynsky's stark photos emphasizing the oil industry's impact on land. To May [...]

Reviewed: “Picturing the Sublime” at the Phillips Collection

For an exhibit that’s all about showcasing dramatic, sprawling expanses, the collection of photographs in “Picturing the Sublime” is rather cozy—just 11 images from the holdings of Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg.
The selections are somewhat uneven—Washington has seen better iceberg images in recent years than the offering from Lynn Davis, and the pairings from Edward Burtynsky, [...]

The Best Photography Exhibits of 2011

Locally, the past year has been a good one for two types of photography—landscape work and documentary. It's also been notable for several smart shows at the American University Museum and Goethe-Institut, but the sad closing of a venerable venue of good photography, Bethesda's Fraser Gallery. Here's my list of the 10 best photographic exhibits in [...]

Reviewed: Prix Pictet at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

The Prix Pictet for photography has a straightforward mission: “to raise public awareness worldwide to the social and environmental challenges of the new millennium.” This year’s theme of growth—“a blessing or a curse”—doesn’t exactly break new ground, and the shortlisted images on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art include a lot of what you [...]

Reviewed: “To the Ends of the Earth” at Adamson Gallery

Don’t get too literal about the title of the exhibit “To the Ends of the Earth.” While some of the 13 photographs by four artists were taken in such isolated locales as Antarctica and Greenland, many were taken in more familiar spots, such as the Gulf Coast and the farmlands of Kansas. The images share [...]

Reviewed: More Photographs Than Bricks at George Washington University

Chuck Close's "Kara"
Using a mix of internationally known artists (including Chuck Close and Edward Burtynsky) and D.C.-area figures (Amy Lamb and Bruce McKaig), George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery attempts to explore the boundaries of painting and photography–a worthwhile pursuit, even if it’s not exactly a new one. Not all of the exhibit’s [...]

Arts in Review: The Most Memorable Images of 2009

William Eggleston, "Untitled, 1973": While too many of the images in the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s retrospective of the famed Southern photographer were banal, his image of the corrugated-metal roof of a peach stand presented the perfect mix of down-home informality and ethereal beauty.

Charles Negre, "Chartres Cathedral, South Transept": This photogravure from the 1850s, exhibited [...]