Posts Tagged ‘Gordon Parks’

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, [...]

The Best D.C. Photography Exhibits of 2013

If you wanted to see good photography in D.C. in 2013, you had lots of options. Sweeping historical surveys? Sure. Tech-forward experiments? Yep. Landscapes, scientific images, personal explorations? Check, check, and check. Here, in descending order, are my picks for the best photographic exhibits in the Washington area this year.

1. “Black Box: Gerco de Ruijter” [...]

ToDo ToDay: Gordon Parks! Matchbox Turns 10!

The Adamson Gallery exhibit “Gordon Parks: An American Lens” is nominally a retrospective, and it does a solid job of hitting the high points of the famed photographer’s long career—his iconic variation on “American Gothic,” a portrait of D.C. custodian Ella Watson with a broom and mop in front of an oversized flag; and an [...]

Reviewed: Gordon Parks at Adamson Gallery

The Adamson Gallery exhibit “Gordon Parks: An American Lens” is nominally a retrospective, and it does a solid job of hitting the high points of the famed photographer’s long career with the Farm Security Administration and then Life magazine—his iconic variation on “American Gothic,” a portrait of D.C. custodian Ella Watson with a broom and [...]

Reviewed: “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond”

“African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond” is proof that black artists not named Jacob Lawrence or Romare Bearden produced a ton of compelling 20th century art, even if they make it into our museums less frequently. The sprawling exhibit features 100 works by 43 artists—a generous mix of painters, sculptors, and [...]

Reviewed: Gordon Parks at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Compared to the bold, larger-than-life works in the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s adjoining 30 Americans exhibit of African-American artists, this small exhibition of photographs by Gordon Parks (1912–2006) is positively old-school. But that doesn’t make Parks' works any less gut-wrenching. Parks is best known for his documentary work for Life magazine, where he became the [...]

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