It’s Artomatic, Supersonic, Hypnotic, Funky Fresh

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Artomatic, a longstanding free-form, nomadic outlet for local creative types, opened today in Crystal City with more than 600 artists, performers and musicians lined up to showcase their talents. This noncurated show — it’s first-come, first-served — got its start 18 years ago in the old Manhattan Laundry buildings on Florida Avenue, hence the name, art-o-matic. An area developer donated …

To Infinity and Beyond, at the Hirshhorn

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Remember waiting in line for hours — even overnight sometimes — for tickets to popular acts like Elvis, the Rolling Stones, or Lady Gaga? Or Black Friday deals at Best Buy? Well, tickets to Yoyoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn are making the same kind of stir. On opening weekend, the museum was overwhelmed with visitors whose enthusiasm …

N.J.’s Montclair Art Museum Pays Homage to Matisse

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If you’re ever near Montclair, New Jersey, and you’re looking for something to do, try the Montclair Art Museum. Founded in 1914, MAM has occupied the same space on South Mountain Avenue for more than 100 years, though it has expanded several times to its current 12,000 square feet. What’s great — and unique — about this museum is it …

This House is not a Home — It’s an Art Gallery!

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What do you think of when you think “art museum”? Big spaces, towering ceilings and white, white, white? The Marsha Mateyka Gallery in Dupont Circle is anything but. The unassuming facade of this brownstone rowhouse belies its wondrous contents —  the works of 20 contemporary artists in paint, photos, sculpture and on paper. Yes, the walls are white, but with …

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 …