Friday, February 16, 2007

5+5, five artists choose five artists to watch

Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery

five artists choose five artists to watch
February 15-May 13, 2007

To celebrate its 10th anniversary as well as the Washington DCJCC's ongoing commitment to Washington's artistic and cultural community the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery has organized an exhibition of ten artists, 5 + 5.

Five nationally recognized artists whose careers were established in Washington, DC, and most of whom currently reside here, were selected to participate in the exhibition, and each of them, in turn, was asked to select a DC artist whose work they esteem, to be included in the show. To further connect this exhibit to the artistic culture in Washington, DC, the Ann Loeb Bronfman has tapped Phyllis Rosenzweig to curate the exhibit. Phyllis, recently retired from the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, worked there as their Curator of Works on Paper. The exhibition showcases work in all mediums and ranging in date from the 1970s to 2007. At least one project will be conceived for the occasion and specifically for the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery space and will be completed just shortly before the exhibition opens to the public.

The exhibition avoids a predictable selection of artists while being respectful of some of the important older figures associated with the city, and at the same time celebrating the new or ongoing promise of the art community here. The first five artists (the ones who selected the next five) represent a range of ages and relative status as do the artists they in turn have selected. Thus, some exciting younger artists who have just begun to establish national reputations will have their work seen for the first time juxtaposed with work by older or more established artists with whom they have not necessarily been associated. Some of the artists and their work will be unfamiliar and relationships between the work of the first five artists and the five that they have selected will be provocative and, in many cases, unexpected.

The exhibition is not thematic and does not attempt to define a "Washington aesthetic." Instead, it will provide a lively and visually stimulating mirror that will reflect, if only in part, the rich and complex nature of the flourishing creative community that is supported by Washington, DC.

Included in the exhibition are influential figures, well-known artists, and great teachers including Sam Gilliam, John Gossage, Martin Puryear,and Renee Stout; emerging bright lights such as Y. David Chung, Jae Ko, and Dan Steinhilber,and relative unknowns Otho Branson, Pia Calderon, and Mary Early.

The Washington DC Jewish Community Center
10th Anniversary at 16th & Q.
1529 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 518-9400

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