Art review: Durer at the National Gallery

After viewing the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition of works by Albrecht Durer, I was glad to emerge to gray skies, a bit of drizzle and streets emptier than usual. This exhibition, of drawings, watercolors and prints borrowed from the Albertina Museum in Vienna, is so good and so absorbing, you’ll want to walk home alone, avoid crowds, and preserve the fragile sense of awe and melancholy it inspires for as long as possible.

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Gallery opening of the week: ‘Julie Wolfe: Rewilding’

Anyone old enough to remember the notorious 1989 Central Park jogger assault will associate the term “wilding” with shocking brutality. But Julie Wolfe — whose unfortunately named exhibition “Rewilding” opens Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hemphill Fine Arts — probably doesn’t mean it like that, despite her previous work that has addressed death.

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A glimpse of what Washington Project for Art’s auction gala has in store

The well-heeled and deeply committed may attend the Washington Project for the Arts’s Select 2013 Art Auction Gala (tickets $300 and up) on Saturday evening at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Other art lovers have one day before the event to view the more than 125 artworks, on display in the otherwise empty top floor of an office building near the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station.

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