Portraits always fail, at least if held to the highest standard: to re-create the person in full, the living, breathing, fully present being. They may be likenesses, sometimes uncannily so, but they are never adequate substitutes for what they represent.
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.
On Saturday, the National Portrait Gallery opens the third edition of its prestigious triennial portrait competition, which this year features entries in such media as rice, glitter and thread, along with the more traditional genres of photography, vi…
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.
Contrasting visions on the size, scale and scope of a
to honor President Dwight D. Eisenhower characterized a congressional hearing Tuesday, along with questions about whether to fund the original design or restart the entire process.
John Dreyfuss’s studio is stuffed with his sculptures — some models and some finished, most representational but a few abstract. The studio, a high-ceilinged warehouse near Northeast D.C.’s wholesale food market, holds pieces made by traditional means, including maquettes built from layers of wax, a venerable technique.
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.
The National Gallery of Art’s startling announcement
Tuesday that it will close all the galleries in its East Building for an estimated three years in January for infrastructure renovations is sending a blow to the roughly 1 million people who visit each year.
The National Gallery of Art announced a $30 million renovation on Tuesday that will add more than 12,260 square feet of exhibition space and a rooftop sculpture garden to its East Building.
That renovation will occur at the same time the museum comple…
Richard Caton Woodville, the most eminent artist to emerge from 19th-century Baltimore, died in London of a morphine overdose in 1855. He was just 30 years old and left behind only a few dozen works, of which 16 paintings are still known to exist, all of which appear in “New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville,” the Walters Art Museum’s comprehensive new survey of his life, his Baltimore origins and his work.