Monday, January 30, 2006

The pairing of Contemporary Artists with Museum Masterpieces.

We need the Hirshhorn Museum or the Smitsonian American Art Museum to do something similar!

Musée d'Orsay / Contemporary Art
From January 31, 2006
to April 30, 2006

The concept is simple: a contemporary artist is invited to present one of their pieces alongside a work which they have selected from the Museum collections. The resulting dialogue enables the collections to be perceived in a new light and lends a fresh resonance to their lasting modernity.

Gustave Courbet, The Trout
Brice Marden, Extremes
The American artist Brice Marden has chosen The Trout by Gustave Courbet (1873), a painting which evokes the artist's imprisonment following his involvement in the Paris Commune. With its palpable sense of anguish, Courbet's painting far transcends the traditional role of the still-life. Marden, an outstanding figure of minimalist abstraction, is exhibiting his Extremes for the first time, a diptych in which space vibrates with layers of matter in a complex play of linear colour.

Edward Steichen, Balzac
Alain Kirili, One Toss of the Dice Will Never Abolish Sculpture
Fascinated by Rodin's energy; his dazzling sensual vigour and revelation of human passions, Alain Kirili has chosen a series of photographs of Balzac shot in Meudon by that champion of Pictorialism, Edward Steichen, and published in Camera Work in 1911. Finding in them a clear parallel with Rodin's masterpiece, Kirili is exibiting a group of six sculptures from his series Segou and Totems.

General curator
Serge Lemoine, President of the Musée d'Orsay, with the participation of Olivier Gabet, Curator, Musée d'Orsay

Sunday, January 29, 2006

A New Moon in Aquarius, Time to Change

Today is a New Moon in Aquarius
6:15am PST
9° 32'

Check out ALUNA, the world's first tidal-powered Moon Clock. ALUNA is a marvel of sculptural beauty and spiritual inventiveness created by Aquarian British artist Laura Williams. "Laura's vision is brilliance at it's best: a desire to cosmically reconnect us through imparting direct experience of the lunar cycles of time." Listen to Wisconsin Public Radio interview

Year of the Fire Dog

Chinese New Year celebrations commence on the first day of the First Moon of the Lunar calendar -- Jan. 29 -- and last 15 days. The New Year is usually ushered in with great feasts, parades and traditions that go back for centuries.

There's a post at Jenn Larsen's Metroblogging on the arts exhibitions related to the Chinese New Year. The annual Chinese New Year Parade and Festival will be held on February 5, 2006 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on H Street, NW, between 6th and 8th Streets in Chinatown Read About Washington

Welcome the Year of the Fire Dog and celebrate the Lunar Chinese New Year on the Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center with a colorful and choral festival. This is Year 4703 by the Chinese calendar, a year known by its formal name of Bingxu. This event marks the first day of the Chinese New Year with appropriate pomp and ceremony. The Asian American Music Society invites you to join in this special sampling of a Chinese revel. 01/29/06
Lunar Chinese New Year Celebration
6:00PM (Free)

Ticket Marketplace
2700 F. Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20566
Phone: 202-467-4600

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Eric Maisel Creativity Central: Call for Painters

Eric Maisel Creativity Central: Call for Painters
Here's an opportunity to work on an interesting project and get published. From Creativity Coach Eric Maisel...whom I can vouch for as an asset to the arts community at large. Eric Maisel is based in San Francisco.

"I am looking to work with twenty painters on a book project. We would work in the following way. I would send out a "creativity prompt" each week and everyone in the group would produce a (necessarily quick) painting provoked by the prompt, along with their written thoughts about the process. Some number of these images and some amount of this commentary would go into the finished book and everyone who participated would be represented.

If you would like to participate in this project, please get in touch with me at I would need to see a couple of your images or visit your website before inviting you aboard. I think this will be an exciting and eye-opening adventure for those of you who choose to join me, especially if you are curious about trying out new techniques, working with new ideas, or producing new subject matter.

P.S. As this message may get passed around to folks who don‚t know me, let me add the following. I am a creativity coach and the author of many books in the area of creativity, among them Fearless Creating, A Life in the Arts, The Creativity Book, Affirmations for Artists, Coaching the Artist Within, and A Writer‚s Paris. You can learn more about me and what I do at"

Eric Maisel

Friday, January 27, 2006

Beginning Your Art Collection

Touchstone Gallery
Special Event

ArtSmart: Outside the Box, Inside the Frame
Beginning Your Art Collection
Thursday, February 2, 12:30pm

A special lunchtime discussion with collectors Kerry Ellett, Sarah Kahn, Richard Graf, and Judy Pomeranz on the art of collecting for the young professional
Bring your own lunch; beverages will be provided

There is no charge
Information and reservations

Participants receive a 10% discount card good towards
the purchase of artwork at the gallery

Gallery Hours
Wednesday – Friday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 5:00pm

Touchstone Gallery
406 7th Street, NW, 2nd floor
Metro: Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter or Gallery Place

Celebrating Mozart's Birthday in Salzburg

Today is the 250th Birthday of MOZART!
I love listening to Mozart while I'm painting. I think I'll listen to his music all week and reconnect with this inspired and inspiring great composer.

"The composer's brief and turbulent life began Jan. 27, 1756 in the Austrian city of Salzburg. Crowds of music enthusiasts are gathered there this week to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of a genius. Special programming from Performance Today highlights NPR coverage. "

Full name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Gottlieb Mozart; named after his grandfather on his mother's side and after the Saint on his date of birth, Johannes Chrysostomus. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791 Biography

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Celebrating Gallery K's Marc, Komei

An article in the Washington Times, January 21, 2006, by Joanna Shaw-Eagle about our dearly missed Komei and Mark of Gallery K legend. Their extensive art collection is on exhibition at the Katzen American University Museum.
Read story here

WHAT: "Remembering Marc and Komei"

WHERE: Katzen American University Museum, Ward Circle at the intersection of Massachusetts and Nebraska avenues NW

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays


PHONE: 202/885-1300

A paradox of rushing movement and absolute stillness.

Yuriko Yamaguchi

There's a great article by Catherine Walworthon about our own Yuriko Yamaguchi’s Web #5 Sculpture in NY Arts Magazine

I saw one of Yuriko's stunning pieces featured at the "Soft Opening" in July 2005 at the Katzen Art Center of American University in Washington, DC.

Title: "Core"
Size: 10' diameter
Media: abaca, flax, wire
Date: 2005

The architecture of the Katzen Arts Center is dynamic and full of surprises. It is especially suited to installation artists willing to collaborate with the challenging spaces created by the architect, Steven Kleinrock of Einhorn Yaffee Prescott.


Paula Winokur
Workshop at Red Dirt Studio

“Porcelain is a material usually thought of as delicate, fragile and transparent. Considered the primary clay from which all other clays are derived, it comes from the earth as pure white, strong and durable. It attracted me because of these qualities rather than its transparency. Working on a large scale has presented problems that have been a challenge to solve. I have chosen to work with this clay because it has allowed me to explore issues in the landscape without necessarily making literal interpretations. it can be minimal and sometimes surreal in its starkness.

My work has been influenced by information gathered at various “sites”, places in the natural environment that I have responded to visually. The earth itself, particularly cliffs, ledges, crevices and canyons: the effects of wind, earthquakes, glaciers and other natural phenomenon such as geological “shifts” and “faults” interest me. In addition the many ways man has marked and scarred the land (through plowing, roads, fences etc.) provides an interesting perspective and point of view, real, illusory and aerial.”

-Paula Winokur

Paula Winokur, of Horsham, Pennsylvania, is known for her large scale ceramic constructions. She has been the recipient of many grants and awards, and the subject of numerous critical and informative articles on contemporary ceramics. Her work is included in important private, corporate and museum collections including the Mint Museum, the American Craft Museum and the Renwick Gallery. She exhibits nationally and internationally. In this workshop, Paula will give a slide lecture on her work and process, followed by a hands-on demonstration of techniques she employs in the her large scale porcelain constructions.

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2006

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Place: Red Dirt Studio, Mt. Rainier, Maryland

Cost: $55.00

JRA (301) 907-3888

Red Dirt Studio
is the studio of sculptor Margaret Boozer, and the home of Red Dirt Seminar,
a collective work/critque environment for sculptors and ceramic artists in the Washington Metro area.

Deja Vu

January 24 - March 18, 2006
A robust exhibition of artworks created in the last three years by 81 artists who exhibited at the Arlington Arts Center before its expansion and renovation.

Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA

Deja Vu
Opening Friday night at the Arlinton Arts Center
January 27, 2006, 6-9pm

Some of the artists included are Patrick Craig, Freya Grand, Pat Goslee, Rebecca Kamen, Anne Marchand, Marc Robarge, Erik Sandberg, and Foon Sham.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Back and Forth, how Chocolate Cake and Indian-Vegetarian made me well

I was going to go the Penn Quarter openings last week (the sculptor's exhibitions at Zenith Gallery and the Edison Place Gallery, when I canked my back lifting public art panels in preparation for painting last weekend. Not to go into too much detail, I have been walking gingerly this week, NOT sitting down much and going to sleep early. I'm almost back in the swing of things which is good, since I'm installing the public art in April and I have an exhibition opening on May 5 at the Zenith Gallery. Over the couse of the week, two assistant muralists and I have been painting 17' of sky, clouds and shrubbery for the public art mural. The cityscape buildings are next.

This weekend, I took a needed break from painting, got a back treatment, hung out with my husband and friends and enjoyed an Indian dinner at Woodlands Restaurant in Langley Park, MD. Today, I ate some Chocolate Cake baked by a friend for my unBirthday. I gave 1/3 of the remaining Chocolate Cake to a friend who has an upcoming birthday on Wednesday. (I couldn't possible eat it all!) I love late birthday presents. I hear that Chocolate Cake heals sore backs. On the artside - a little slide organizing in the studio and I'm in shape for next month's mailings.

Woodlands Restaurant
Indian, Vegetarian
My favoirite dishes are the Palaak Paneer and the Masala Dosa
Langley Park
8046 New Hampshire Ave.
Langley Park, MD

Saturday, January 21, 2006


Mid City Artists is having a Winter Exhibition to introduce our artists to another community in the District of Columbia. The exhibition continues until March 12, 2006. For more information visit Mid City Artists web page.

I went to the opening of Mid City Artists Winter Exhibition at Results Gallery which is the Results Gym at 315 G Street, SE, Washington, D.C. on Capital Hill. I went to the Thursday evening reception with talented artist, Angela White . We were surprised when two of Angela's oils on canvas weren't hung by the management because a certain part of the male anatomy was visible. A Classical nude by Regina Miele was also NOT hung by the management. You can see four of the six canvases by Angela White in the Results Gallery and four beautiful cityscapes by Regina Miele. I am showing five discreet cityscapes of Paris and New Orleans in the Mid City Artists Winter Art Exhibition. The exhibition includes the work of 21 Mid City Artists including metal sculptures by Robert Cole, figure paintings by G. Bryon Peck, photography by Mark Parascandola and abstract paintings by Sondra Arkin and Mike Weber. See the invitation with names of participating artists here.

A lively group of artists and visitors, including Warehouse Gallery owner, Molly Ruppert, visited the exhibition reception while gym members exercised on treadmills and other exercise equipment on three floors of a renovated schoolhouse. Molly overheard someone say that "Results isn't a gym, it's a lifestyle." Results Gallery is definitely a unique environment for viewing art. A visiting sculptor, Chas Colburn found the layout a bit chaotic and I found the censorship a bit ironic in a body focused business.

See Angela White's censored work at

An earlier post on Angela White's Solo Exhibition
at Washington Works on Paper Gallery here.

Angela White's Solo Exhibition
“The Curves of Natural Radiance” (EXTENDED thru February)
This exhibition is extended through February 2006 SO DON"T MISS IT!!

3420 9th Street, NE, Washington DC
Telephone: (202) 526-4848

1 half block from Red Line
Metro Brookland-CUA
Click here for directions

Monday, January 16, 2006

MALI, Beyond Timbuktu

International Visions Gallery
Cordially invites you to:

MALI, Beyond Timbuktu
Photographs by Malian and U.S. Photographers

Saturday, January 21, 2006
6:30 - 9:00 p. m.

MALI, Beyond Timbuktu is an exhibit exploring this West
African country through images by Malian photographers
Alioune Bâ and Amadou Sow, and American photographers
Nestor Hernández, Shawn Davis, Sora Devore.
Exhibition Dates:
January 18 - February 25, 2006

International Visions Gallery
2629 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
(Across from the Woodley Park Metro)
see more images at:

Sunday, January 15, 2006


Sakkal was a gallery artist with Komei Wachi’s Gallery K in Washington D.C. Prior to his untimely death, Wachi believed Sakkal had made significant advances in the use of paper as a fine art medium. In support of this contention, he exhibited Sakkal’s work along side the collages of Robert Rauschenberg. Wachi believed it was not a question of whether Sakkal would achieve national recognition for his contribution to the medium, but when.

Sakkal is a Faculty Instructor at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. His work can be seen through Zenith Gallery and the Light Street Gallery in Baltimore, MD.

Read the article in the Baltimore City Paper

A Million Little Pieces - Like His Surreal Collages, George Sakkal’S Life Has Been Shattered And Put Back Together Again
By Violet Glaze

Friday, January 13, 2006

Mayor Presented With Lifetime Achievement Award at Arts Gala in Washington, DC USA

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2006 Mayor's Arts Awards and to Mayor Anthony Williams for his Lifetime Achivement Award in support of the arts.

January 13, 2006
Press Release

(Washington, DC) The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities presented Mayor Anthony A. Williams with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his steadfast support of arts and culture at the 21st Annual Mayor's Arts Awards Gala, Monday, January 9, 2006 at 6 pm at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Concert Hall. The gala ceremony annually honors the finest artists, arts organizations and arts patrons in DC with a public ceremony at the Kennedy Center featuring award presentations, dance, music and poetry performances.

In honor of their dedication to the city's cultural community, Special Recognition awards were presented to WPFW radio personalities Rusty Hassan and Von Martin for their commitment to Washington radio and Publisher/CEO of The Washington Post Boisfeuillet "Bo" Jones for the newspaper's coverage of cultural events in DC. Below is a full list with the award category and this year's recipients:

2006 Mayor's Arts Awards, Washington, DC USA

Excellence in an Artistic Discipline
Frederick Strother
Maida Wither Dance Construction Company

Outstanding Emerging Artist
Anu Yadav

Excellence in Service to the Arts
Rebecca Read Medrano

Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education
Step Afrika!

Young Playwrights' Theater
Innovation in the Arts
City Dance Ensemble

Superintendent's Arts Teacher of the Year Award
Elementary School Level
Laurie Siegel, Watkins Elementary School

Superintendent's Arts Teacher of the Year Award
Middle School Level
Michelle Fowlin-Parker, Alice Deal Junior High School

Superintendent's Arts Teacher of the Year Award
High School Level
Tafari Wald, Ballou Senior High School

Lifetime Achievement Award Mayor Anthony A. Williams

Special Recognition Award
Rusty Hassan
Von Martin
Boisfeuillet "Bo" Jones

For more information, call (202) 724-5613
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


Jeffry Cudlin, Christopher Hoeting and Jefferson Pinder
January 19 – February 25, 2006

Artists’ Talk: Thursday, January 19, 4pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 6-8pm

Assimilation/Dissolution is the result of an intensive collaboration between DC-based artists Jefferson Pinder, Christopher Hoeting and Jeffry Cudlin. Generated over the course of six months, this cycle of works forms an extended conversation on the issues of shifting geographic boundaries and community identities in Washington, DC. At once a creative experiment and critical conversation, the process began with each artist creating one piece inspired by the current real estate boom and related issues of gentrification in DC. Every two weeks, the artists would then trade completed artworks and craft new responses to one another's efforts. The 30 resulting paintings, videos and mixed-media collages each trace intersections and divergences among the artists’ individual perspectives on race, class, urban geography and cultural and artistic histories. Assimilation/Dissolution is on view in the Gallery at Flashpoint.

The Gallery at Flashpoint • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001

Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum

I decided to check out the exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on my way to pick up my copy of the WPA/C Artist Directory. I was surprised to find a Warhol exhibit (have I been slumbering?) in the great halls and I LOVE IT! Warhol is an icon of Americana, commercialism and celebrity status. His art works on many level. There's some surprising painterly strokes in some works. It's a marvel to see how Warhol took a simple silkscreening process and magnified it's potential exponentially. Well, perhaps I'm exaggerating but this exhibit is a must see for anyone with interest in 20th Century Art. Yes, the Campbell's Soup Cans are there, as well as Jackie O and Marilyn. You'll be in good company. There's one campy wall-papered room of Chairman Mao that made me feel... well queasy, as well as some early drawings by Warhol. Press release

September 24, 2005 through February 20, 2006 Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum

This exhibition, a collaboration between the Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, offers Washington audiences a rare opportunity to view some of the artist’s most treasured works of art. The exhibition features more than 150 paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, works on paper, and films from the renowned permanent collection of The Andy Warhol Museum.

One of the most influential and iconic artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol challenged many basic cultural assumptions, including traditional distinctions between popular culture and fine art, prints and paintings, and art and social reportage. Warhol Legacy is organized thematically to reflect the range of the artist'’s production over the span of his career, while mining the strengths of The Warhol Museum'’s diverse collection.

PNC Presents
Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum
This exhibition is co-organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh and made possible through the generous support of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Hot Date DC: Andy Warhol's Coloring Party Thursday, January 19, 2006 6 pm - 9 pm

Free for Corcoran members; Public: $10

During the 1950s, Warhol produced exquisite illustrated books printed in limited editions and hand-colored at lively "coloring parties." The Corcoran puts a quirky twist on this clever idea with a party project that's so easy, it's elementary. Use shrinkie-dinks to create funky and fabulous jewelry, luggage tags, magnets and more. Head over after work for delectable desserts, drink specials and a curator led tour of the exhibition Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum.

Winter Family Festival And PNC Employee Day Saturday, January 21st 10 am

Celebrate Andy Warhol and the swinging sixties at the Corcoran! This all-day, all-ages, all-out celebration at DC's neighborhood museum will include art-making workshops, storytelling, music, and live performances. Also explore the exhibition Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum which is on exhibition at the Corcoran through February 20, 2006.
No reservations are required for this FREE event.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

SCULPTURE UNBOUND & DIMENSIONS, a double header for Friday night in Penn Quarter, Washington, DC

The Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran and the Washington Sculptor's Group present SCULPTURE UNBOUND, an exhibition of work stretching the boundaries of the field of sculpture.

I know several of the artists in these two sculpture exhibitions; Betsy Packard who's work I've long admired and own, Connie Fleres, Mary Early, Foon Sham, Anita Walsh and Margaret Boozer are a few of the 43 exhibiting artists in Sculpture Unbound. I plan to go to the reception tomorrow night as well as see the Zenith Gallery opening of "DIMENSIONS - Women Sculptors of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area." Both galleries are in the Penn Quarter District near the MCI center at Gallery Place metro.

SCULPTURE UNBOUND is an exhibition featuring the work of 43 contemporary sculptors from the DC region.
Juried by Glenn Harper, editor of Sculpture Magazine, Sculpture Unbound showcases experimental sculptural pieces. Juror, Glenn Harper will also lead a gallery talk on the night of the opening at 7:30 pm.

Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery
Reception: Friday, January 13, 2006 from 6:30-8:30 pm.
702 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

"DIMENSIONS - Women Sculptors of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area"
Zenith Gallery
Reception: Friday, January 13, 2006 from 6:00-9:00pm
413 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Artists of "DIMENSIONS":
Margaret Boozer – clay
Margery E. Goldberg – exotic woods
Donna M. McCullough – metal, wood, stone
Minna Newman Nathanson – metal, acrylic
Carol Newmyer – cast bronze
Marie Ringwald – found wood, mixed media
Frances Sniffen – cast hydrocal, rubber, bronze
Janet Wheeler – mixed media
Millicent Young – porcelain, metal, mixed media
Joyce Zipperer – stone

Maryland Art Place’s 25th Anniversary

Come celebrate the kick off of

Maryland Art Place’s 25th Anniversary
Friday, January 20, 2006
Please join us in celebrating the first event in a year of
special programming to commemorate Maryland Art Place’s 25th Anniversary.
Beginning at 6pm, the evening will feature a Gallery Talk and forum
highlighting MAP’s current exhibition:
Collaboration as a Medium: 25 Years of Pyramid Atlantic
Guest speakers include: Pepe Coronado, Helen Frederick, Shireen Homan,
Leslie King-Hammond, and Phyllis Plattner
A catered Reception will follow the Gallery Talk at 7pm

All events are free and open to the public
Maryland Art Place is located at 8 Market Place in Power Plant Live!
For more information, please call (410) 962-8565 or visit
MAP's gallery space is located in Baltimore's entertainment district, Power Plant Live!, just a short walk from Baltimore's famous Inner Harbor.

Weaving together theater, documentary, and activism

A theme which is pressing in our country is being played out at

Cultural Development Corporation
In Flashpoint’s Meade Theatre

a solo play about forced relocation and the human right to housing
by 2006 Mayor's Arts Awards' Outstanding Emerging Artist
Anu Yadav

January 12 - February 5
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – 7:30pm
Sunday – 3:00pm

Written and performed by Anu Yadav
Directed and developed by Patrick Crowley

Weaving together theater, documentary, and activism, 'Capers is a one-woman show based on the stories of families at the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg public housing projects – also known as 'Capers – in southeast DC who protested the government-funded relocation and demolition of their neighborhood. Anu Yadav portrays nearly a dozen characters in this portrait of families struggling to fight for their community and a place to live.

General Admission $10


Cultural Development Corporation
Flashpoint Mead Theater Lab
916 G Street, NW

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Art of Being a German at Goethe-Institut


Until February 28
The Art of Being a German
An exhibition of photography by students from the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund reflecting on what it means for young people to be German in Germany today and what role stereotypes and prejudices play.

Lecture & Discussion
Thursday, January 12, 6:30pm
A Visual Journey through German Cinema, with Gerd Dunkelberg
A kick-off to the 14th Annual New Films from Germany, Switzerland and Austria Festival. Using film clips, this illustrated presentation documents the diversity and characteristic traits of German films and highlights the various stages of German film throughout history to the present. RSVP to 202-289-1200, ext. 160

Goethe-Institut Washington
The German Cultural Center
812 Seventh Street, NW

Monday - Thursday, 9:00am & 5:00pm
Friday, 9:00am & 3:00pm
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Chinatown exit)

Monday, January 09, 2006

12 x 12: New Works by Nathan Haenlein

a f i n e a r t g a l l e r y

12 x 12: New Works by Nathan Haenlein

Opening Reception: 01.14.2006 | 7-10 PM | open to the public
Open by appointment through 02.04.2006
Studio One Eight is pleased to announce the Opening Reception of 12x12; an exhibition featuring new works by Nathan Haenlein.

Haenlein is a conceptual artist currently residing in San Francisco. His work has attracted international attention and Haenlein’s reputation precedes him as we welcome him for his first exhibition in Washington D.C.

In his own words, the artist’s work deals with themes of consumption and “addresses capitalist ideologies and new synergistic cultural trends.” The calculated rhythm of his compositions demonstrate a masterful combination of technical skill and conceptual intent. Haenlein will be present at the opening reception and available to answer questions.

Contact Trey Sutten (Gallery Director |
for more information or to schedule a viewing appointment.
2452 18th Street NW, Washington, D.C. ▪ ▪ 703.395.1932 ph

Nathan Haenlein’s Artist Statement for 12 X 12

Conceptually my work addresses capitalist ideologies and new synergistic cultural trends. Our current global community is waging a visual campaign to consume. Much like the cathedrals of medieval Europe, global advertising is dependant on image to convey meaning. At every level of consciousness Ad men and designers are hoping to manipulate our decisions and serve us an Eden that is attainable through their product. My work addresses that urge/need to buy our Eden. I lure the viewer in with pristine surfaces, the flash of commercial design, and objects that emit machine made qualities. With further inspection, the work asks the viewer what she/he is consuming, will this object fit with my ipod / Volkswagen / Banana Republic lifestyle, or is this a distortion of capitalism? The reality of the work is consumption; art is a commodity or culture for sale. The objects also teeter between, and question the concepts of, patience, the digital age, repetition, and new ideas about drawing.

My working method is foregrounded by the quotidian habit of drawing. Through this daily program, I formulate ideas, work out previous conceptions, and generally provide for a flexible creative outlet in which to experiment and play. Often these drawings/concepts do not make it into a final image, yet they are essential to my production. The action itself is crucial, allowing me to freely transverse areas of picture making outside of my formalized mode of creation. Once I am satisfied with an idea through drawing, I repeat it and allow it to transcend its initial meaning. The repeated works accumulate, generating a visual journal that lives parallel to the core body of my work.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

African Art and Irish Art in Washington, DC Museums

I'm catching up on must see exhibits which will slip thru my fingers if I don't get "out there."
Today, Steve and I and went to the National Museum of African Art to see "African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection." It was an artist inspiration day and the exhibit was fabulous with surprising new color combinations and imaginative themes. It is interesting to note that of the twenty eight artists represented, two are women artists. You can see a few pieces at the website and even listen to "Radio Africa" on your computer! "African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection."
November 16, 2005--February 26, 2006

The collection of Swiss entrepreneur and photographer Jean Pigozzi, now known as the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC), offers a sweeping survey of the brilliant invention of artists throughout the great expanse of sub-Saharan Africa.
African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection profiles 28 artists from 15 African countries, all of whom came of age in Africa and maintain close ties to their native countries. No single tradition or method unites these artists. Rather, they reflect the complex heritage of Africa today and respond to both the historic traditions of their local cultures and the new era of international globalism.

National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20560
202.357.4879 (fax)

After that gem of an exhibit, I visited the Irish-born American Abstract Painter, Sean Scully's "Wall of Light" painting exhibition on closing day at the Phillips Collection. It was interesting to see a large collection of work based on a consistent theme throughout an artist's career. I wasn't disappointed at Scully's color, brushwork and experiments with surface which were subtle yet visually rewarding. I feel like I ate a fabulous dessert.

Paris, Artists, Lovers

Eric Maisel, San Francisco based writer and creativity coach, just launched a new blog with a cliffhanger story about artists in relationships, Eric Maisel Creativity Central.

Eric says,
"I am going to tell a great cliffhanger story on it (with photos of Paris) about two artists, David and Genevieve, who come to Paris to paint and who maybe˜we shall see!˜fall in love. I am going to use this story to get at some ideas about artists in relationships, the history of art, what deflects us from our path, and more. So do tune in!" Eric Maisel Creativity Central.

The History and Current Challenges Facing the National Mall in Washington, DC

The George Washington University Speakers Series &
St. Mary's Court/ IONA Senior Services
"The History and Current Challenges Facing the National Mall in
The District of Columbia"
Dr. Judy Scott Feldman

Please join us when Judy Feldman, Chair of the National Coalition to Save Our Mall, shares with us ideas about the current challenges about the National Mall. Her topic will include issues surrounding building memorials and monuments while also preserving open space.

Wednesday, January 11th
1: 00PM
St. Mary's Court
725 24th St., NW
Washington DC 20037
This lecture is free and open to the public. Please arrive by 12:50 to sign in at the front desk.

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Judy Scott Feldman, Ph.D.
National Coalition to Save Our Mall
301-340-3938/ 301-340-3947 (fax)

Friday, January 06, 2006

World Art - The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma -ARS 06

"ARS 06- International Exhibition"
21 January-27 August 2006 Kiasma

Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art
Helsinki, Finland

Art is part of humanity at ARS 06
"Being human is built on the marriage of good and evil, strange and familiar, joy and sorrow, being asleep and being awake – a dialogue of polar opposites. In the dialogue, the latter term denies the former and the former the latter. Things only become real when connected to each other; there is no good without evil, no sorrow without joy."
-Museum Director, Tuula KarjalainenArtists

In 2006, The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma will organise the 7th international ARS exhibition, an important review of contemporary art in the 21st century. The first ARS exhibition was held in 1961.
Art seeks diverse ways of understanding reality. All ARS exhibitions have aroused discussion and many of the works exhibited have continued to live on in the minds of the spectators. Each ARS exhibition has formed a picture of its time and offered unforgettable experiences.

Approximately 40 artists and collectives from almost 20 countries are to participate in the exhibition. In the exhibition, the participating artists will either present several works or one extensive work. The participants will include seven USA artists. The works exhibited offer moving experiences, small miracles.

ARS 06 concentrates on art’s role as a part of the human experience. The works will be accompanied by changing projects. The programme is varied and includes events, seminars, workshops and lectures, as well as a series of performances in the Kiasma Theatre.

The central themes of ARS 06 are the values and ideals of our time, our ability to be good and evil, as well as the capacity of art to offer consolation and touching experiences, a small miracle. Some 40 contemporary artists from all over the world have been invited to join the exhibition. The ARS programme includes seminars, workshops, lectures and a series of performance at Kiasma Theatre. Exhibition team Chair: Tuula Karjalainen, PhD, Director of Kiasma; other members: Kati Kivinen, exhibition coordinator, Patrik Nyberg, curator, Marja Sakari, senior curator, and Jari-Pekka Vanhala, curator.
The ARS programme at Kiasma Theatre is compiled by Virve Sutinen, producer. The exhibition content, artists and art is presented in an exhibition publication, edited by Marja Sakari and Jari-Pekka Vanhala.
The exhibition design, created by Taivas Design, will embellish several products, Kiasma itself and the streetscape.
The first ARS exhibition was organised in Helsinki in 1961, and ARS 06 is the seventh ARS exhibition.
In connection to the exhibition, Kiasma will produce a series of ARS-products called Minor Blessings. The series include e.g. chocolate, candels, soap, notebook and rubbing oil.

Exhbiting Artists:
AES+F group (Russia),
Michaël Borremans (Belgium),
Jota Castro (Peru),
Dinos & Jake Chapman (Great Britain),
Petah Coyne (USA),
Amy Cutler (USA),
Berlinde De Bruyckere (Belgium),
Willie Doherty (North Ireland),
Juan Manuel Echavarria (Columbia),
El Perro group (Spain),
Angelo Filomeno (Italy),
Carl Michael von Hausswolff &
Thomas Nordanstad (Sweden)
Kent Henricksen (USA),
IC-98 (Finland),
Jesper Just (Denmark),
Tellervo Kalleinen &
Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (Finland/Germany),
Juul Kraijer (Holland),
Edouard Levé (France),
Walter Martin &
Paloma Muñoz (USA/Spain),
Mariele Neudecker (Germany),
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (Japan/Vietnam),
Lars Nilsson (Sweden),
Motohiko Odani (Japan),
Susan Philipsz (Great Britain),
Chloe Piene (USA),
Alexandr Ponomarev (Russia),
Mark Raidpere (Estonia),
Charles Sandison (Great Britain),
Monika Sosnowska (Poland),
Gerda Steiner &
Jörg Lenzlinger (Swizerland),
Tabaimo (Japan),
Montri Toemsombat (Thailand),
Roi Vaara (Finland),
Shu-Min Lin (Taiwan/USA),
Adriana Varejão (Brazil),
Yuri Vasiliev (Russia),
Sergio Vega (Argentina/USA),
Maaria Wirkkala (Finland),
Mai Yamashita & Naoto Kobayashi (Japan)

ARS 06
ARS artists appeared in Venice

Silver Lining

Today, I am working on my goals for the year. At sunset, mother nature is playing a song of silver and gold linings. Sometimes she can draw a line better than the rest of us and I am glad to see it. Happy linings to you too, now go create something."Silver Lining" photograph by Anne Marchand

"Gold Lining" photograph by Anne Marchand

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Mid City Artists Winter Exhibition at Results

January 17- March 12, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday January 19, 2006 6:30 - 8:30 pm

For more information visit
or contact Gary Fisher at 202-669-4226 /
The Results Gallery
315 G Street SE
Washington, DC USA

Notes From New Orleans: Postcards From The Edge

Here's a slide show of what holidays in New Orleans felt like by Anya Kamenetz in the Village Voice.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Dimensions - Women sculptors of the Washington DC metropolitan area

January 13 – February 28, 2006
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13 6-9pm
Closing Reception: Friday, February 24 6-9pm
Donna M. McCullough - metal sculpture

Zenith Gallery is proud to feature a body of work by nine renowned Washington metropolitan area women sculptors of national acclaim. Each of the artists creates work in very different media and styles. The result is a daring compilation of pieces ranging from intimate porcelain wall pieces and mixed media shadow boxes to a compelling monumental glass and steel installation.

“The sculptors in this exhibition have been selected because they use media in innovative ways both in concept and technique. I wanted to provide a forum for and dialogue between women sculptors in the Washington area. They are an untapped entity and a cohesive group of talent.”
Anne Surak, Curator/Gallery Manager

Margaret Boozer – clay
Margery E. Goldberg – exotic woods
Donna M. McCullough – metal, wood, stone
Minna Newman Nathanson – metal, acrylic
Carol Newmyer – cast bronze
Marie Ringwald – found wood, mixed media
Frances Sniffen – cast hydrocal, rubber, bronze
Janet Wheeler – mixed media
Millicent Young – porcelain, metal, mixed media
Joyce Zipperer – stone

Contact: at Jodi Walsh, Director Marketing

413 7th Street NW • Washington DC 20004 • 202-783-2963 •

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

David E. Richardson, a Major in the United States Marine Corp opens the year at Zenith Gallery

January 7 - February 8
Reception to meet the artist: Saturday, January 7, 5-9pm

Major David Richardson
Trojan War Series
On display in the rear gallery

Zenith Gallery would like to start the New Year with a send off for artist, David E. Richardson, a Major in the United States Marine Corp. He has served our country as a marine for sixteen years and will continue that service with a tour of duty in Iraq this winter. He has been painting since childhood and has studied art for the past twenty years.

Concurrently with painting, Major Richardson developed lesson plans for a class he instructed at The George Washington University on the evolution of Western warfare; the characters from Homer’s Iliad constantly occupied his thoughts, and he drew the title of the series and each painting from that epic legend. In short, each painting is a monument to characters and events chronicled in the Iliad.

The work is a series of large abstract paintings drawing reference to the ubiquitous nature and imagery of stone motifs – Stonehenge, Easter Island carvings, Inuit structures and Mycenaean bull horn carvings to name a few.
Contact: Jodi Walsh, Director Marketing or Anne Surak, Manager