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The Iconic Photos of Blue Note’s Jazz Albums, by Francis Wolff

It goes without saying that the primary appeal of the classic Blue Note jazz albums (c. 1953-1966) is the music—the vivid trumpeting of the doomed Clifford Brown, the exuberant strains of Jimmy Smith’s Hammond B3 organ, the intensity of the young saxophonist John Coltrane. But the 75th anniversary of the record label offers an opportunity [...]

Reviewed: “Gute Aussichten: New German Photography” at Goethe-Institut Washington

The 2013-2014 edition of the exhibit “Gute Aussichten: New German Photography” includes an impressively broad selection of nine artists. Unfortunately, the gallery space at the Goethe-Institut Washington is too small to give them the full showing they deserve.
Take Anna Domnick, who has created two multipart series that grapple with “intellectual and physical disintegration.” The walls [...]

“Post-Oil City” at the University of the District of Columbia, Reviewed

Hankering for some architectural and urban-planning wonkery? "Post-Oil City" is your ticket.
Presented jointly by the University of the District of Columbia and the Goethe-Institut Washington, the small but dense exhibition surveys a variety of futurist proposals for designing cities after the age of oil and automobiles passes. A few of the ideas are old and [...]

FotoWeek DC: “Linger On” at Goethe-Institut, Reviewed

The six contemporary photographers now showing at Goethe-Institut share little aside from coming from the German region of Saxony-Anhalt. Their work ranges from understated to baroque, though the former, despite its distinctly low-key nature, is more enticing than the latter.
The most baroque works come from Iris Brosch, who photographs models in boldly colored classical-art poses [...]

Reviewed: “Cardboard City” at Goethe-Institut

Cardboard doesn’t seem like the most auspicious of art materials, but three far-flung artists—Artemis Herber of Germany, Steve Keene of the United States, and Valery Koshlyakov of Russia—separately gravitated to it, and they now find themselves drawn together in the exhibit “Cardboard City.”
Each of the artists embraces their shared material’s creases and curls. Herber offers [...]

Reviewed: New German Photography at Goethe-Institut

The annual exhibit "Gute Aussichten" may have a narrow focus—new German photography—but that's belied by its range.
In the most recent edition on view at the Goethe-Institut, Fabian Rook offers a spark of inspiration—he culls images from Google Street View and prints them as if they were landscape photographs from his own travels in Mexico, Japan, [...]

ToDo ToDay: North Korea! Tacos!

You need only glance at reproductions of North Korean propaganda art, and you'll have an idea of what painter Song Byeok's work is all about. The painter, who defected after a devastating famine struck the Hermit Kingdom during the 1990s, once painted the ubiquitous socialist-realist images of heroic North Korean workers that are mandatory in [...]

ToDo ToDay: Gentrification on Columbia Pike

If you don’t get out of the District much, you might not have visited Columbia Pike, a Virginia state highway known especially for its commercial heart in South Arlington. That strip has long been a multicultural hotbed, but recently, it’s begun to transform into something like Clarendon Part Deux. So for about the last five years, [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Doomtree and Euro Cinema

The problem with collectives is there’s always a weak link. For every RZA and Ghostface Killah there’s a U-God and Masta Killa. But the hip-hop group Doomtree avoids this conundrum: While P.O.S. is the group’s star, nobody dives for the fast-forward when Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, or Mike Mictlan steps to the mic. Doomtree’s punk-infused [...]