Friday, March 7, 2008

James Kalm reviews the Whitney...sort of

James Kalm peddles up town and attempts to bring viewers a few glimpses of the latest Whitney Biennial. Every two years, "the show you love to hate" stirs up controversy and passion. As an art critic who has covered several show at this museum in the past, inexplicably for this preview, Kalm was excluded See what happens when he challenges this cultural institution's notions of elitist control and access, and covertly tries to expose this art to a worldwide audience vie the internet. (less)
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Check out this video of Nicholas Krushenick's work at the MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY

Check out this video of Nicholas Krushenick's work at the MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY, reviewed by the "guy on the bike" art critic James Kalm.

This video is a year old, but it's interesting because
in his later years, Krushenick taught at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1977 to 1991. He died in New York on February 5, 1999, at age 69. He was a great guy and an interesting spirit in the mold of the old Cedar Bar expressionist brawlers.

Nicholas Krushenick (May 31, 1929February 5, 1999) was one of the forerunners of the pop art movement.

Krushenick began showing his work publicly in New York in 1957, at the age of 28. By 1962, his work was shown at upscale galleries and, by the year 2000, was part of major permanent collections throughout New York and the United States

Nick was born in New York City in 1929, Krushenick served in World War II, then studied art upon his return to home life. He attended the Art Students League of New York (19481950) and the Hans Hofmann School Of Art (1950-1951). He and brother John Krushenick opened an artists' cooperative called the Brata Gallery in the late fifties.

In 1969, Krushenick gave up his soft brush abstract expressionist technique for bolder colours and lines similar to illustration, yet maintaining use of abstract figurative forms. This style marked him as one of the original practitioners of pop art.

The Sartorialist at Adamson Gallery

The Sartorialist
March 15
th – April 26th, 2008

Opening Gallery Reception:
Saturday, March 15th
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Adamson Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of prints by Scott Schuman, who is better known by the moniker The Sartorialist, the name of his astoundingly popular street fashion blog ( Schuman is one of TIME magazine's 100 most important design influencers, and contributor to , GQ, Italian VOGUE, and other fashion periodicals. The images in this exhibition were originally taken by Schuman for his blog, but are now reproduced as digital prints. Displayed in a gallery setting, contextually reconfigured from fashion documentary into fine art, Schuman's striking images are evocative of the street photography of Diane Arbus or Lisette Model.

Schuman's goal as The Sartorialist, launched in 2005, is to "shoot people who execute their style really well." He states "I thought I could shoot people on the street the way designers looked at people, and get and give inspiration to lots of people in the process." In just over two years, he has become one of the most popular style bloggers on the internet, drawing thousands of daily visitors to his site who leave hundreds of comments for each image. In addition, Schuman's work has been profiled in WWD, British, French, Italian, Greek, Brazilian, Korean and Spanish VOGUE, Esquire, and others.

For more information, please contact Laurie Adamson or Erin Boland at (202) 232-0707.

Reception for Scott Schuman
Wednesday, March 19th 6:30 – 8:30pm

Please join us for a special reception with Scott Schuman (aka The Sartorialist), on Wednesday, March 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Adamson Gallery.

1515 Fourteenth Street NW
Washington DC
/ 20005

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m


Cara Ober at Randell Scott Gallery

Cara Ober
i am who i pretend to be
March 8th—April 12th

Randell Scott Gallery
1326 14th street nw washington, d.c. 20005
202.332-0807 (fax)

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday by appointment

Wednesday-Saturday 11am-6pm


Cross streets are 14th Street NW at Rhode Island

We are on the second floor, above Thai Tanic Restaurant.
Metro: Dupont Circle walk East along P Street and turn right on 14th St.
Metro: McPherson Square walk North along 14th Street about 5 blocks).

Susan Fisher Sterling Named Director of National Museum of Women in the Arts

NMWA Chief Curator/Deputy Director Appointed Director Effective March 7, 2008

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) announced today that Susan Fisher Sterling, the museum’s longstanding and highly regarded chief curator and deputy director, has been named director effective March 7, 2008.

“We are thrilled to begin NMWA’s third decade by announcing our new director,” said NMWA Board President Mary V. Mochary. “Susan is a creative and energetic leader with the capacity and wisdom to shape a compelling vision for the museum’s future. She has earned the confidence of the Board of Trustees over many years and we look forward to working with her to bring the museum forward to the next level.”

“Certainly, no one knows the museum and its workings better than Susan,” said Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, founder and chair of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. “Her taste, scholarship, and innovation have been instrumental in the museum’s success almost since the beginning.”

Sterling has been with NMWA more than 19 years and is credited with helping to shape much of the museum’s artistic direction over its twenty-year history. Sterling holds a Ph.D. in art history from Princeton University. She joined the staff of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 1988 as associate curator, was promoted to curator of modern and contemporary art in 1990, chief curator in 1994, and was appointed deputy director in 2001. She is an alumna of the Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty (2004), and has received the Royal Order of Merit from the government of Norway and the Order de Rio Branco from the Republic of Brazil for her cultural diplomacy.

Among the major modern and contemporary exhibitions she has curated and/or organized for travel are the first surveys of Carrie Mae Weems (1994), Sarah Charlesworth (1997); two groundbreaking exhibitions of Brazilian art—Ultramodern (1993) and Virgin Territory (2001); The Magic of Remedios Varo (2000), Amazons in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks (2000), Alice Neel’s Women (2005); and the upcoming Fall 2008 Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography; as well as a host of projects in the museum’s acclaimed contemporary Forefront series. She also has enhanced the museum’s reputation by bringing significant traveling exhibitions to NMWA such as A History of Women Photographers (1997), Inside the Visible: An Elliptical Traverse of 20th Century Art (1997), Julie Taymor: Playing with Fire (2000), and most recently, WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2007).

Sterling also has significantly expanded NMWA’s holdings in contemporary photography and photo-based art, abstract painting and sculpture since 1960, and feminist art.

Check out the review of the Gay Blades at DC9 at urbancode's DC Show Hopper

Check out Heidi's review of the Gay Blades raucous show at DC9 on the DC Show Hopper!