January 3, 2013 |
DON'T MISS This weekend is your last chance to see " Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture " at the Phillips Collection . The tightly focused exhibition showcases 26 paintings and 11 bronze sculptures by the contemporary Danish artist. Kirkeby has flirted with different styles, including Pop art, but is best known for his large, expressionistic pictures, which convey a powerful, even terrifying, sense of space. — Michael O'Sullivan Through Sunday at 1600 21st St. NW (Metro: Dupont Circle)
October 15, 2012 |
The Phillips Collection emphasizes the serious side of Danish artist Per Kirkeby in what is billed as the most comprehensive show devoted to his work so far in the United States. Although Kirkeby, who was born in 1938, has hovered around the edges of different art movements in the past century, including pop art and the contrarian, anti-art celebrants of Fluxus, he remains hard to define. Of the 26 paintings and 11 bronzes on display at the Phillips, only a handful hints at his pop...
October 12, 2012 |
Roy Lichtenstein. The painter's name is linked with his signature comic-book images of women, their thoughts rising in text bubbles above tentacles of tousled hair, mounds of tears leaking from their eyes. In 1993, a blockbuster Lichtenstein retrospective at the Guggenheim , some 200 pieces strong, sealed the painter's reputation as a prime instigator of Pop art. This week, another major Lichtenstein show (" Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective" ) arrives at the National Gallery,...
October 5, 2012 |
The Chinese authorities have done a terrible job of stifling artist Ai Weiwei . Since 2009 they've shut down his blog, detained him, kept him under house arrest, beaten him, confiscated his passport and torn down his just-built studio in Shanghai. All of this, predictably, has helped catapult him to renown in the West. Prices for his work have soared, and his name is recognized as a "dissident's" by people who have no idea what his art looks like. Last Tuesday, authorities closed his company, the...
September 6, 2012 |
There's hasn't been a full retrospective of Roy Lichtenstein's career since the artist died in 1997 at the age of 73. The National Gallery of Art remedies that with "Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective," a large, 134-object exhibition devoted to the artist's long and productive career (Oct. 14). Sprawling over 15,000 square feet of the gallery's East Building, the Lichtenstein show surveys every major chapter of the artist's oeuvre, from the early pop paintings through the comic-book...
August 9, 2012 |
"Visionary art" is the polite term for stuff made by untutored artists, sometimes called "outsider" or "naive. " But, then, most visual artists aspire to being visionary, or something like that. And the pieces in " Messages From Outsiderdom ," the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery's abundant exhibition of the genre, are not especially naive. With its candy colors and junkyard ingredients, the work may be friskier than the most austere strains of contemporary art, but it's been executed with...