Galleries: VisArts at Rockville marks 25 years

Twenty-five years ago, Judy Greenberg and Jack Rasmussen founded Rockville Arts Space. That undertaking evolved into VisArts at Rockville, which is celebrating the anniversary with “Review Renew,” curated by Greenberg and Rasmussen. The show contains two pieces, one recent and one less so, by six local artists, as well as then-and-now portraits of them, mostly by photographer Paul Feinberg. The exhibition, in the center’s Kaplan Gallery, is supplemented by a selection of work by four glass and ceramic artists, down the hall at the Common Ground Gallery.

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Michelangelo’s David-Apollo returns to Washington

The last time Michelangelo’s “David-Apollo” came to Washington, the nation was preparing to inaugurate Harry S. Truman for his second term as the nation’s 33rd president. The statue, sent to the United States as a goodwill gesture by the Italian government, crossed the Atlantic on the USS Grand Canyon, was escorted from Norfolk and then greeted at the National Gallery of Art by a Marine color guard, standing at attention.

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Munch frieze at risk

A monumental frieze made between 1909 and 1916 by Edvard Munch for the Aula (assembly hall) of the University of Oslo was unveiled to great acclaim in 2011 after a lengthy project to conserve and stabilise the 11 monumental Expressionist paintings….

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Take East German art seriously

For 20 years, the majority of the art created in the German Democratic Republic (the GDR, or former East Germany) was kept in store. What had previously been presented as proof of an emerging “Socialist German national culture” became, after German…

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Books for Christmas

A Little History of the World, E.H. Gombrich, Yale University Press, 304pp, £8.99 (pb); What Are You Looking At? 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye, Will Gompertz, Viking, 464pp, £20 (hb)
I recently read E.H….

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