Pancakes and Booze and Art, Oh My!

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The line to get into the Pancakes and Booze Art Show last night at the Big Chief in Ivy City stretched down the block and around the corner. Inside, the venue was packed wall to wall with an eclectic crowd of art enthusiasts eager to see what this show — unconventional even among artists — had to offer. You see …

Where Color is Important: The Hemphill

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If only we all had enough money to create a shrine to our greatest love. Then we’d be a little bit like some of the smaller art galleries here in D.C., like the Hemphill. American art dealer and curator George Hemphill opened the Hemphill gallery in 1993 and has since become known for his exhibits of modern American artists. Hemphill …

Frames Provide Structure for Artwork

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As much as clothes do not make the man, a frame does not make the artwork. But it sure does help! Despite the fact that a top Google search term is “framing artwork cheap,” the truth is that framing is a skill, and the frame itself can be a work of art as well. Sure, many frames are mass-produced in …

Pop Art Masterpieces Delight Warhol Museum Visitors

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For those who live in the D.C. area, the three-hour drive to the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh is totally worth it. It’s hard to be a successful artist; in fact, some believe it may be an oxymoron. To gain fame and wealth in your own lifetime through your artwork is assumed to be synonymous with selling out. But Warhol was …

The Phillips: D.C.’s own MOMA

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The Phillips Collection House. Courtesy of The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Photo: Robert Lautman The Phillips Collection calls itself America’s first modern art museum. Opened in 1921, a full eight years before its behemoth counterpart in midtown Manhattan, this Dupont Circle museum started life in the home of its founder, Duncan Phillips. Over time, the burgeoning collection outgrew its space …

Matisse and Diebenkorn: The Time is Now

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Artists have a reputation for being unappreciated in their time, doomed to a life of meager earnings and anonymity. Only after their deaths do they receive the praise and reverence they so desired from the critics and the masses, their epitaphs reading, “I told you so.” Exactly what they wanted, just a little too late. Not so for Richard Diebenkorn …

Kreegers’ Eponymous Museum Immortalizes Art Collection

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Don’t you wish you had your own Kreeger Museum? But of course it wouldn’t be Kreeger, it would be your name, and it would have the stuff you like in it. That’s how David and Carmen Kreeger did it. Huge art fans and wealthy to boot (Kreeger was chairman and CEO of GEICO), the Kreegers amassed a huge collection of …

A! U! Come See These Great Art Exhibits on Campus!

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At a time when the arts are frequently shelved in American schools in favor of drilling students in math, science and technology, it’s good to know that some schools still value creativity. American University was one of the first colleges in the U.S. to offer fine arts degrees, and today the school boasts a three-story, 44,000-square-foot museum that holds more …

Glenstone: An Art Museum and Sculpture Garden That is Itself a Work of Art

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Glenstone is an art museum and sculpture garden that is itself a work of art.    Designed by architect Charles Gwathmey, the modern-looking museum, best known for its collection of post-World War II art, sits on 200 acres of former fox-hunting grounds in Potomac, Maryland. Sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy, Jeff Koons, Tony Smith, Richard Serra and other acclaimed artists surround the …