Tuesday, June 1, 2010

We will miss you, Mme. Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois, Influential Sculptor, Dies at 98
by Holland Cotter
Published: May 31, 2010
New York Times

Louise Bourgeois, the French-born American artist who gained fame only late in a long career, when her psychologically charged abstract sculptures, drawings and prints had a galvanizing effect on the work of younger artists, particularly women, died on Monday in Manhattan, where she lived. She was 98.The cause was a heart attack, said Wendy Williams, managing director of the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

Ms. Bourgeois’s sculptures in wood, steel, stone and cast rubber, often organic in form and sexually explicit, emotionally aggressive yet witty, covered many stylistic bases. But from first to last they shared a set of repeated themes centered on the human body and its need for nurture and protection in a frightening world.

Protection often translated into images of shelter or home. A gouged lump of cast bronze, for example, suggested an animal’s lair. A tablelike wooden structure with thin, stiltlike legs resembled a house ever threatening to topple. Her series of “Cells” from the early 1990s — installations of old doors, windows, steel fencing and found objects — were meant to be evocations of her childhood, which she claimed as the psychic source of her art.

But it was her images of the body itself, sensual but grotesque, fragmented, often sexually ambiguous, that proved especially memorable. In some cases the body took the abstract form of an upright wooden pole, pierced by a few holes and stuck with nails; in others it appeared as a pair of women’s hands realistically carved in marble and lying, palms open, on a massive stone base.

Among her most familiar sculptures was the much-exhibited “Nature Study” (1984), a headless sphinx with powerful claws and multiple breasts. Perhaps the most provocative was “Fillette” (1968), a large, detached latex phallus. Ms. Bourgeois can be seen carrying this object, nonchalantly tucked under one arm, in a portrait by the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe taken for the catalog of her 1982 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. (In the catalog, the Mapplethorpe picture is cropped to show only the artist’s smiling face.)

That retrospective brought Ms. Bourgeois, in her early 70s, the critical and popular acclaim that had long eluded her. In 1993 she represented the United States in the Venice Biennale. In an art world where women had been treated as second-class citizens and were discouraged from dealing with overtly sexual subject matter, she quickly assumed an emblematic presence. Her work was read by many as an assertive feminist statement, her career as an example of perseverance in the face of neglect.

Ms. Bourgeois often spoke of pain as the subject of her art, and fear: fear of the grip of the past, of the uncertainty of the future, of loss in the present.

“The subject of pain is the business I am in,” she said. “To give meaning and shape to frustration and suffering.” She added: “The existence of pain cannot be denied. I propose no remedies or excuses.” Yet it was her gift for universalizing her interior life as a complex spectrum of sensations that made her art so affecting.

Louise Bourgeois was born on Dec. 25, 1911, on the Left Bank of Paris, the second of three children born to Louis and Josephine Bourgeois. Her parents, financially comfortable, owned a gallery that dealt primarily in antique tapestries. A few years after her birth the family moved out of Paris and set up a workshop for tapestry restoration in Choisy-le-Roi. Ms. Bourgeois remembered as a child drawing fragments of missing images to help in the repairs.

She often spoke of her early, emotionally conflicted family life as formative. Her practical and affectionate mother, who was an invalid, was a positive influence. Her father’s domineering disposition, as well as his marital infidelities (he had a 10-year affair with the children’s English governess), instilled a resentment and an insecurity that Ms. Bourgeois never laid to rest.

Her nightmarish tableau of 1974, “The Destruction of the Father,” for example, is a table in a stagily lighted recess, which holds an arrangement of breastlike bumps, phallic protuberances and other biomorphic shapes in soft-looking latex that suggest the sacrificial evisceration of a body, the whole surrounded by big, crude mammillary forms. Ms. Bourgeois has suggested as the tableau’s inspiration a fantasy from childhood in which a pompous father, whose presence deadens the dinner hour night after night, is pulled onto the table by other family members, dismembered and gobbled up.

Similarly, for a 1994 exhibition titled “Louise Bourgeois: Locus of Memory, Works 1982-1993,” she created a single sculpture and suite of drawings in which the central image was a spider, a creature she associated with her mother, a woman of ever-changing moods.

New York Times Slideshow

PBS Art 21

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

This Weekend


2010 MFA Thesis Exhibition @ University of Maryland, College Park

Thesis Exhibiton for 2010 MFA candidates at University of Maryland. The Exhibition includes: Jack Henry, Joe Hoffman, Tim Horjus, Sarah Laing, and Stewart Watson.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 23, 2010 5-7pm

UMD Art Gallery
1202 Art-Sociology Building, 2nd floor Atrium
College Park, MD 20742


Whisk by Natalie Andrews

Featuring: Natalie Andrews (Rinehart School of Sculpture), Calder Brannock (Rinehart), Deng-Yao Chang (Mount Royal School of Art), Graham Coreil-Allen (Mount Royal), Steven Cummings (Photographic & Electronic Media), Ben Kelley (Rinehart), Jeffrey Kent (Hoffberger School of Painting), Lawrence Lee (Mount Royal), Joshua Lefchick (Hoffberger), Joe Letourneau (Rinehart), Christina Martinelli (Rinehart), Michel Modell (Hoffberger), James Singwald (Photographic & Electronic Media), Ailsa Staub (Rinehart), and Neil Jones (Photographic & Electronic Media).

liar liar pants on fire by Michel Modell

Abandoned by Steve Cummings

Exhibition Dates: Friday, April 23-Sunday, May 2, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, April 23, 2010 5-7 p.m.
Gallery Talks: Tuesday, April 27, 3-5 p.m. and Wednesday, April 28, 1-3 p.m.

Fox Building
1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD

Graham Coreil-Allen's Public Sites thesis project has select tour dates. Click here for more information. And Deng-Yao Chang's Gallery Intimacy Acts performance piece invites the public to sleep over in the Decker Gallery. Click here for more information.)

For an online slide show of artwork in this exhibition, click here


Composites @ Katzen Art Museum, American University

American University Art Department is proud to present Composites: American University 2010 MFA Thesis Exhibition featuring work by Brendan Loper, Mindy Hirt, Amy Kreiger, Claire Feng, Rachel Sitkin, Jerri Castillo, Carlie Leagjeld, Yumi Hogan, Meaggan Rees Eckert, Matthew Shelley and Annette Isham.

Closing Reception: Saturday, April 24, 2010 4-6pm

Katzen Art Museum
4400 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, DC 20016

Lotta Art @ School 33
This annual event raises funds for the support and growth of School 33, the renowned Baltimore arts institution that has championed the arts for nearly 30 years through exhibitions, studio space, and arts education.

Lotta Art features juried art by more than 120 local artists who have generously donated their work to benefit School 33 Art Center. Each art ticket holder is guaranteed a work of art in this lottery-style drawing.

Continuous Cocktail Buffet and art viewing begins at 6pm. Drawing begins promptly at 7:30pm


Silo Point
1200 Steuart Street
Baltimore, MD

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

This Weekend


7th Annual Transmodern Festival @ All Over Town

The 7th Annual Transmodern Festival (Live.Art.Auction) will be held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the H & H building galleries and the Baltimore Waterfront from Thursday April 15th to Sunday, April 18th. Following last year’s record attendance and crowds, the festival expands programming to the Baltimore Museum of Art, continues programming on all four floors of the H&H Building and moves outdoor site-specific work to selected areas of Baltimore waterfront. The festival’s visionary approach to presenting new multi-disciplinary work continues to attract regional art lovers, local cultural mavens, occasional passers-by, critical acclaim, and on-going academic interest.

The festival kicks off on Thursday, April 15 at the Baltimore Museum of Art with an hour-long experimental film program including three recent Guggenheim fellows. The evening continues with cutting-edge performance art and experimental pop music from Dynasty Handbag (NYC), Lexie Mountain Boys (Balto.), Melissa Dyne (NYC), and Khaela Maricich (aka The Blow, NYC).

On Friday, April 16th Nudashank Gallery, Gallery Four, The 5th Dimension, and the Whole Gallery will open for three floors of sensory delight, interactive art, roaming performances, and other major installations. A sample of featured local artists include: April Lewis, Sarah Jablecki, Jen Kirby, and the Annex Theater presenting a full immersion theatrical production with a live band based on the 1973 film “Fantastic Planet.” National artists include: Harrison Haynes (NC), Dan Gluibizzi, Benjamin Phalen (NYC), Laura Brothers, Suzy Poling (Pod Blotz), Robert Lowe (Chicago), Stephanie Rothenberg (NYC),Ben Russell (Chicago), and Zaïmph aka Marcia Bassett of the critically-acclaimed NYC underground band Double Leopards

Saturday evening, April 17th brings the opening of all four floors of the H&H. Major installations from previous nights will be available for viewing and a stage-oriented show will take place at Floristree on the 6th Floor at 8:30pm. Artists presenting at Floristree: People Like Us (UK) comprised of Vicki Bennett a major voice in European multidisciplinary A/V work. Ms. Bennett’s work has been featured at the Tate Modern, Pompidou Centre, Sydney Opera House, and she also presents a regular radio program on WFMU in NYC – also featured – Carly Ptak (Balto.), Joseph Keckler (NYC), Robby Rackleff (Balto.), and Blues Control (Philadelphia).

Sunday, April 18th from noon-4:00pm brings Pedestrian Services Exquisite, a site-specific afternoon of events dedicated to exploring the public spaces in Baltimore. PSE 2010 features an urban safari of the nooks and grannies in, around and in-between Baltimore’s Locust Point and FellsPoint waterfronts. With over 40 different artist projects, expect an afternoon of extraordinary situations, performances, excursions, tours and intriguing whatnots! The event will feature Fluid Movement’s LOVE PARADE with the Westsiders, as well as a mobile art center – the Urban Engine.

The Transmodern Festival will partner with Johns Hopkins University later on Sunday, April 18th at 4:00pm to present a lecture by Vicki Bennett of People Like Us (UK.) This special free lecture will be available to the general public.

On Sunday, April 18th in the evening, the Transmodern Festival will be partnering with the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC to present “Maggots and Men” an experimental, historical narrative set in post-revolutionary Russia. The film re-tells the story of the 1921 uprising of the Kronstadt sailors with a subtext of gender anarchy. The film screening is free and will occur at 6:00pm at UMBC.

The Transmodern Festival continues to be a one-of-a-kind Baltimore phenomenon presenting experimental, expectation-defying work from local and national artists. We continue to hold fast and proud to our mission of highly representing women, minority, and GLBTQ artists.


David Brewster & Elizabeth Wade @ C. Grimaldis Gallery

Elizabeth Wade, St. George and the Dragon

David Brewster, Removing Safes from the Ruble: Great Baltimore Fire (1904)

C. Grimaldis Gallery is proud to present two simultaneous solo painting exhibitions- Elizabeth Wade: Bete Sauvages & David Brewster: Conflagration.

Exhibition Dates: April 15 - May 15, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday April 15, 2010 6-8 pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Horror Vacui @ Nudashank

Nudashank will be presenting Horror Vacui, a group exhibition featuring Laura Brothers (NY), Harrison Haynes (NC), Benjamin Phelan (NY), Dan Gluibizzi Jr (NY), and Charles Broskoski (NY). This multimedia exhibition will include painting, sculpture, photography, video and digital prints. The title Horror Vacui refers to a fear of empty spaces, each of the works use retro sci-fi aesthetics to examine the fear of the emptiness of a contemporary existence so heavily enmeshed with technology.

Exhibition Dates: Friday April 16 - May 7, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday april 16, 2010 6-8:30 pm

H & H Arts Building 3rd Floor
405 W. Franklin St.
Baltimore, MD

Beki Basch: Vision Quest Lundi: Baltimore @ Open Space
Open Space is pleased to announce an exhibition of sculpture, drawing, and film by the Baltimore-based artist Bekí Basch. The exhibition will premiere the video Vision Quest Lundi: Baltimore along with a series of drawings and sculpture made in response to this work.

Exhibition Dates: April 16 - April 30, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday April 16, 2010 7-10 pm

Open Space
2720 Sisson St
Baltimore, MD 21211


Animal Collective's Oddsac @ The Senator Theater

Opening with torch-wielding villagers and a wall bleeding oil, ODDSAC attaches vivid scenery and strange characters to the wonderful melodic wavelengths of the band Animal Collective, revitalizing the lost form of the "visual album.

Working on the project for three years with friend Danny Perez, Animal Collective pushes the boundaries of the music video and joins music visionaries like The Residents, Devo, and Daft Punk, who previously connected film imagery with their songs. Animal Collective's music is a glittering mix of pop rock, experimental noise,
and horror-movie soundtrack.

Perez's visuals mirror that, incorporating intense scenes of vampires, campfires, and screaming prophets to form themes and a distinct vision, rather than following a traditional plot and dialogue. The characters are interlaced with flicker effects
that mimic pressure phosphenes, the magic colors produced by rubbing your closed eyes.
A true physical experience, ODDSAC turns the theatre into a sensory submarine.

With special guests director Danny Perez and members of Animal Collective. Produced in association with The Friends of the Senator and Fortune5Fifty. After-party at the theater following screening.
Screening: Saturday April 17, 2010 8pm $15, Get tickets.

The Senator Theater
5904 York Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21212

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

This Weekend


Connie Imboden @ The Baltimore Camera Club
Photographer Connie Imboden presents images from her new book, Reflections: 25 years of Photography.

Thursday, March 25, 2010 8 pm

The Baltimore Camera Club
Mount Washington United Methodist Church
5800 Cottonworth Ave
Baltimore, MD 21209


MFA Thesis I @ MICA
MICA will host three MFA exhibitions this spring presenting work from both 1st year and graduating students.

The first show opens this weekend and features the work of Heidi Fancher (Photographic & Electronic Media), Matthew Fishel (Mount Royal School of Art), Molly Hawthorn (Graphic Design), Jason Irla (Mount Royal), Justin Kropp (Graphic Design), Cyle Metzger (Mount Royal), Virginia Sasser (Graphic Design), Andrew Shea (Graphic Design), Jonathan Stonely (Mount Royal), John Walser (Graphic Design), Micah Walter (Photographic & Electronic Media), Chloe Watson (Mount Royal), Jennifer White-Torres (Graphic Design) and Ting Zhang (Photographic & Electronic Media).

Exhibition Dates: March 26 - April 4, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, March 26, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery Talks: Tuesday, March 30, 3-5 p.m. and Wednesday, March 31, 1-3 p.m.
Decker, Meyerhoff, and Fox 3 galleries

Maryland Institute College of Art
1303 W. Mount Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD

Table of Contents @ Nudashank

Nudashank presents Table of Contents: Artists Who Make Books. Featured Artists: Andrew Laumann, Cody DeFranco, Jordan Bernier, Molly O'Connell, Lizz Hicky, Jamie Felton, & Paul Koneazny.
In conjunction with "Fresh Prints" at Open Space and the BMA Print Fair
Exhibition Dates: March 26- April 9, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, March 26 7-10pm

405 W. Franklin St. 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

WAMM Festival @ The Senator Theater
Towson University College of Fine Arts & Communication, Electronic Media and Film Department is proud to present the Women And Minorities in Media Festival, with featured guest artists and Peabody award winning radio producers- The Kitchen Sisters. The festival will present screenings of Student and Professional Audio & Video Winning Submissions

Screenings: Saturday, March 27, 2010 2:30 - 7 pm
Reception and Q & A with the Kitchen Sisters: 7-10 pm

The Senator Theater
5904 York Road
Baltimore, MD


Prints & Multiples Fair @ Open Space
Featurings Works from:
Gottlund Verlag
Kingsboro Press
Medium Rare
Nero Magazine
Paperback Magazine
Lost Ghosts Records
Watercolor Records
Important Comics
Golden Age
Nieves Books
Glaciers of Nice (aka SUMI INK CLUB)
Schematic Quarterly
Closed Caption Comics

Saturday, March 27, 2010 11am - 12am
Sunday, March 28, 2010 11am - 6pm
Admission is FREE but bring $ to buy

Open Space
2720 Sisson St.
Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore Fair for Contemporary Prints & New Editions @ The BMA

Discover limited-edition portfolios and single-image prints from 14 major contemporary art dealers, galleries, and presses from around the U.S. This unique event encourages new and seasoned collectors to peruse works in an intimate setting, talk personally with dealers, and learn more about contemporary artists and printmaking techniques.

Alumni and students from the Maryland Institute College of Art are among the established and emerging artists represented at the fair.

A complete list of participants follows:

Center Street Studio, Milton, MA
Cade Tompkins Editions • Projects, Providence, RI
Charles M. Young Fine Prints & Drawings LLC, Portland, CT
Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
MICA Works on Paper, Baltimore, MD
Tandem Press, Madison, WI
Goya Contemporary & Goya-Girl Press, Baltimore, MD
Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moysant Weyl, New York, NY
Dolphin Press & Print, Baltimore, MD
Jungle Press, Brooklyn, NY
Robert Brown Gallery, Washington, DC
G.W. Einstein Company, Inc., New York, NY
VanDeb Editions, New York, NY
Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, March 27 & Sunday, March 28, 2010 11am - 6pm

The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218

Terms of Use @ Gallery Four

Terms of use features sculpture, installation, and works on paper by four artists from Norway, Chicago, and Baltimore. The show surveys our relationships to materiality and technolog through naturalist meddling, sci fi curiosity, and salty humor.

Gallery Four
H & H Building
405 W. Franklin St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Art Dialgoue Series at The Contemporary Museum

New Art Dialogue Series
Lectures with Art in America Editor Richard Vine and artist Mel Chin

The Contemporary Museum will host lectures with two distinguished figures in the world of contemporary art on back-to-back evenings as part of its New Art Dialogue Series on March 31 and April 1, 2010.

At the Maryland Institute College of Art, Mel Chin will discuss blending art with social activism. Chin will share a survey of his socially conscious, community-based works, including The Fundred Dollar Bill Project, his current campaign to increase awareness of lead poisoning in America’s inner cities and aid the ongoing restoration of New Orleans. The Contemporary Museum is an official production center of “Fundred Dollar Bills.”

At the Walters Art Museum, Richard Vine, Managing Editor of Art in America, will examine the exponential growth of contemporary art in China and its cultural impact. This new era of Asian contemporary art will be illustrated by Vine’s firsthand accounts with installations, exhibitions, and encounters with emerging artists. He will also review movements that have shaped the rapidly-evolving contemporary art scene in post-Tiananmen China.

Admission to the lectures is $10 for the general public, $5 for students, and free for members of the Contemporary Museum. The lecture with Mel Chin is also free for MICA students; the Richard Vine lecture is free for members of the Walters.

The Contemporary’s New Art Dialogue Series presents lectures and conversations by distinguished artists, critics, art historians, and curators whose work is defining the field of contemporary art. The series will cultivate critical discourse responsive to the cultural, social, and political issues of our time.

The New Art Dialogue Series is sponsored by the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Family Foundation.

Mel Chin- Art and Social Reform

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Falvey Hall
Maryland Institute College of Art
1300 Mount Royal Aven

Richard Vine- New China/New Art

Thursday, April 1, 2010 6:00 p.m.

Graham Auditorium
Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles Street

Thursday, March 11, 2010

This Weekend


Specimens of Infrastructure @ Metro Gallery

Metro Gallery presents the work of Creative Alliance Resident Michelle Hagewood. For the past year, Michelle has been photographing, collecting, and considering modes of urban infrastructure and its interactions with the “natural” landscape. Simultaneously concerned with the invisible and psychological structures of communication, play, desire, and control, Michelle has been working to materialize and question these systems through drawing and compositing. The hand continually disrupts a fractal and digitally inspired process, and each evolution diverges from its source indeterminately; moving from familiar to foreign, retaining or suppressing traces of its parent, and often walking a fine line between finding and losing itself completely.

Exhibition Dates: March 4 - April 30, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 11, 2010 7-10pm

The Metro Gallery
1700 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201


Tools, Trash & Technology @ The Legg Mason Tower

This 25-year retrospective represents Marque Cornblatt's return to exhibiting on the East Coast and his first major exhibition in Baltimore. The show includes interactive web-based robots, sculptures, video installations and conceptual self-portraits spanning Cornblatt's career, as well as recent projects dedicated to do-it-yourself lifestyle and design.

Cornblatt will also be presenting the Sparky project, his pioneering interactive videochat robot. First shown in 1996, Sparky has evolved from an assemblage of mixed parts into a worldwide network of telepresence robots capable of connecting people face-to-face in real time over the internet.

Exhibition Dates: March 10 - April 4, 2010
Hours: Wed thru Sat 11 am – 7 pm, Sun 11 am – 5 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, March 12, 2010 5-8pm

Legg Mason Tower
Harbor East on the Circle
100 International Drive
Retail Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21202


Shallow Spaces @ The Hexagon

The Hexagon presents Shallow Spaces, new work by Adam Beaver, Joe Delano, John Calvin Jones, and D'Metrius Rice. Shallow Spaces features mixed media paintings and works on paper by four Baltimore artists who find content at the boundary of abstraction and representation. Using fine line work, distorted portraiture, and a vivid palette that is prevalent in contemporary Baltimore art, these artists distill spatial relationships and psychological layering. The works in Shallow Spaces pair flat imagery with intricate color work, inviting viewers to explore a dialogue between concrete experience and metaphysical tension.
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 13, 2010 6-8:30pm

The Hexagon Space
1825 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Closing for New Painthings: Ted Gahl & Tatiana Berg @ Nudashank

Ted Gahl is a painter based in Providence, RI, on the verge of finishing his MFA at RISD. His work was recently featured in Postcards from the Edge @ Zieher Smith, NYC, Not Abstract1 @ Parker's Box, Brooklyn, and the publication MFA Now: The Next Generation of Painting.

Tatiana Berg
is an artist based in NYC and recently received her BFA from RISD. She recently was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.

Closing Reception: Saturday, March 13, 2010 7-10 pm

H&H Arts Building 3rd Floor
405 W. Franklin St.
Baltimore, MD

Thursday, March 4, 2010

This Weekend


Child's Play @ CCBC

The Community College of Baltimore County's Art, Design and Interactive Media Gallery is proud to presentChild's Play, an invitational group exhibition featuring works by Kristina Bilonick, Scott G. Brooks, Jaime Llevano Cabrera, Robert Stuart Cohen, Erin Fostel, Grendel's Mother: David Friedheim and Trisha Kyner, Jenny Kanzler, Alexandria Levin, Megan Marlatt, Sharon Trumbull, and Yoram Wolberger. Curator by Nicole Buckingham.
Exhibition Dates: March 5 - April 9, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, March 5, 2010 6-8 pm.
Inclement weather date: Friday, March 12, 2010 6-8 pm.

CCBC Catonsville
800 South Rolling Rd.
Baltimore, MD

Claire Feng: Happy People @ School 33

Claire Feng questions what is beyond the obvious in an image. From ordinary images of leisure and contentment, she chooses the ones to which, with the medium of painting, she can inject her personal reading. Through expression and gesture rooted in realism, her painting gives breath and energy to these fleeting moments. In the Members' Gallery.
Exhibition Dates: March 5 - April 2, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, March 5, 2010 6-9pm

School 33
1427 Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Los Solos @ The Hexagon
Los Solos Series continues with performances by Ayako Kataoka, Jenny Graf, & Samita Sinha.

Ayako Kataoka is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Tokyo. Born into a family of Buddhist priests and artists, she grew up immersed in an atmosphere of shaka drawings, chant depicted in japanese calligraphy, and the milieu of traditional Japanese temples. Realized in sound, video, installation, and dance performances, her works are often embodied with her heritage dealing with the concept of bringing invisible to visible.

Jenny Gräf
, a dynamic improvisor and stalwart of the Baltimore freek music scene, creates vivid, compelling soundworlds using intuitive/primitive homebrewed electronics, guitar and voice. J. Gräf is one-half of the noise duos Harrius (with Chiara Giovando, two LP’s on Ehse Records) and Metalux (with MV Carbon, recordings on Hanson, Load and 5RC/Kill Rock Stars, etc). She is also known for her interactive social interventions such as The Guitars Project, in which she worked with a group older women with Alzheimer’s to produce music using electric guitars, Threshold, a piece performed at last year’s High Zero event in which the audience triggered sounds by ordering food, and her Rock Carving Oraclestra, which uses psychic channeling through stone to generate readings for selected audience members. Her recent releases include Proud Flesh, a movie soundtrack to her Western film collaboration with Chiara Giovando (ehserecords.com), a split 7? with Zaimph as well as a split Metalux/K.K. Rampage.

Trained in classical Hindustani vocal music, composer/ performer Samita Sinha uses the range of her voice together with electronics and multilingual text in solo performance and multichannel vocal pieces. Besides her solo work, Sinha has a duo project with Marc Cary called ANATOMY (electronic/ Hindustani/ jazz), uses her voice as an improvising instrument in jazz ensembles (in Marc Cary’s FOCUS Trio, Sunny Jain Collective, and Eternal Now), and has toured internationally as a vocalist with the late performance poet Sekou Sundiata’s the 51st (dream) state.
Performance Date: Friday, March 5, 2010 doors open at 8pm, show starts at 8:30 $6

The Hexagon
1825 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD

Personal Effects: The Photography of Jack Radcliff @ Gallery 1448
Jack Radcliffe’s intimate portraits of family, friends, fellow artists and performers reveal so much more than what facial expressions may convey. In fact, the expression on a subject’s face may act as a barrier to the feelings preserved behind the façade. Like the short story writer, Raymond Carver, Radcliffe weaves tales by illuminating the not-so-commonplace details that define his subject’s space and time. Radcliffe conjures an image that appears somehow familiar, so that rather than feeling like a voyeur watching a stranger, the viewer recognizes fragments of the private situations, and is enticed to relate them to his/ her own personal experiences.
Exhibition Dates: March 5-21, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday March 5, 2010 6-9pm

Gallery 1448
1448 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21231

Baker Artist Awards Winners!!!

They announced the winners of the 2010 Mary Sawyer Baker Prize last night on MPT and they were.....

Animator/Drawer, Karen Yasinsky
view her Baker Artist Nomination here

Sculptor, Richard Cleaver
view his Baker Artist Nomination here

Chamber Musician- Viola, Peter Minkler
listen to his Baker Artist Nomination here

About the Prize:
Mary Sawyers Baker, one of Baltimore's early philanthropists, studied voice as a young girl in Paris, traveled extensively, and embraced the arts throughout her life. She established the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund in 1964 to honor her husband, a well-known Baltimore civic leader. In 2007, the Fund narrowed its philanthropic mission to focus on arts and culture. In 2008, the Fund’s Board of Governors established the annual Mary Sawyers Baker Artist Prize to honor its founder and to support Baltimore artists. Up to three artists are awarded up to $25,000 each—money that winning artists may use at their discretion. The Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winners were selected by a private jury.

The 5 Baltimore's Choice Winner's of $1000 each were...

Kelly Walker
view her nomination

Shodeko Talifero
view his nomination

Amanda Fair
view her nomiation

Steven Parke
view his nomination

Kaveh Haerian
view his nomination

Congratulations everyone! And thank you to the William G. Baker Memorial Fund and all the artist that participated! Baltimore is rapidly becoming a nationally recognized center for contemporary arts & culture with your help.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

This Weekend


The Earth is Flat and Other Truths about the Environment @ The Park School, Richman Gallery

Rick Delaney, curator at the Richman Gallery at the Park School is proud to present The Earth is flat and Other Truths about the Environment. The show, an exhibition about sustainability, environment and landscape features the work of Chris Jordan, Lynn Geesamen, Ken Hale, Jessie Lehson, Jackson Martin, Trace Miller, Ellen Lupton & Abott Miller, Lawrence McFarland, Paul Rutovsky, Shannon Young and Rachel Sitkin.

Exhibition Dates: February 11- March 31, 2010.
Artists' Reception: Thursday, February 25, 2010 6pm

The Richman Gallery
The Park School
2425 Old Court Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21218

34th Annual American Craft Council Show @ The Baltimore Convention Center

Dandelion Blu Jewelry

The American Craft Council Retail Show in Baltimore
More than 700 of the country's leading craft artists will gather under one roof to present their latest designer, handmade work at The American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, the largest juried, indoor craft show in the nation. The highest quality of handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, home décor, and more, will be available for purchase at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year's show will feature the works by Baltimore locals Sherry Insley- Dandelion Blu, Juliet Ames- The Broken Plate Pendant Company www.ibreakplates.com, Danamarie Hosler- Greenstarstudio www.greenstarstudio.etsy.com, Elisa Shere- Elisa Shere Jewelry, elisasherejewelry.etsy.com & Shannon Delanoy- Sweet Pepita, www.sweetpepita.etsy.com

Thursday, February 25 (10 am - 6 pm)
Friday, February 26 (10 am - 9 pm)
Saturday, February 27 (10 am - 6 pm)
Sunday, February 28 (10 am - 5 pm)

Click Here for tickets

Baltimore Convention Center
1 West Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Adornamental @ The Silber Gallery

Adornamental features the work of seven artists who are breaking new ground in the decorative and ornamental arts. At times considered primarily feminine and removed from fine art, the decorative arts began to achieve an elevated status in 1975, with the creation of the Pattern and Decoration Movement. The movement was, in part, a reaction against the impersonal nature of Minimalist art. Originating in New York, the Pattern and Decoration Movement involved mostly female artists creating complex and multicolored patterns, but it was not long before the decorative arts were embraced by male artists as well. Contemporary artists continue to employ decorative and ornamental aspects in their work, demonstrating pattern as a tool for expression and showing that there is no distinction between fine art and decorative art.

Adornamental features the work of artists Liz Ensz, Stephanie Liner, Xavier Schipani, Piper Shepard, René Treviño, Emily Uchytil, and Kelly Walker.
Exhibition Dates: February 16 - March 28, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday February 25, 2010 6pm

Silber Art Gallery, Goucher College
1201 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204


Three Simultaneous Openings! @ The Creative Alliance
Up The Ante, Blood Weather & Forum of 40 Champions all open this Friday at The Creative Alliance.

Up The Ante- The hi-octane artists at The Patterson step it up a notch for this exhibit, each submitting a piece of art on the titular theme, and inviting a colleague from outside the building to do the same. Artists include Lauren Boilini, Michael Burmeister, Michelle Hagewood, Erica Hansen, Matthew Freel, Magnolia Laurie, Joseph Norman, Richard Sawka, Rachel Schmidt, Rachel Sitkin, Melissa Sugar, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Rene Trevino, Marty Weishaar & Troy Wingard. The exhibition, in the Amelie Rothschild Gallery, coincides with the annual party celebrating the Residency Program.

Blood Weather- As observers of human activity, Lauren Boilini and Becky Alprin view the world from opposite ends of the telescope. Boilini, who transforms the Main Gallery with a single massive painting covering 2000 square feet, is known for epic canvases—her mark making intense, all encompassing, and fast. She places herself, and the viewer, at the center of the action, like the jostled referee in a boxing match. Alprin, on the other hand, takes the long view. Epochs are compressed and conflated in her fragmented sculptures, which recall both archeological digs and architectural models, recognizable as the fractured cities we live in. As close and passionate Boilini is, so Alprin’s work is pointed and analytic; together, they expose a startling cross section of forces that make and unmake the world every day.

Forum of 40 Champions- Forty champions, each possessing a special power, have been invited to create a warrior to enter the Minstallation Gallery and face the special powers of their peers. Participants will create their warriors to occupy a 4 square inch hexagon of space, flying included, working with the size and shape parameters of Warhammer 40,000 and Dungeons and Dragons. Participants may use Warhammer stands and modify figurines from any of the gaming and fantasy products or may create their own using Sculpy or other materials. 20 sided dice and measuring sticks will be provided. Gaming rules and booklet will be developed during the course of the exhibition. Gary Kachadourian, guest curator.

All shows will have opening receptions Friday, February 26, 2010 7-9pm

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224

2010 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalists Announced

2010 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalists

Alzaruba; Baltimore, MD
Christine Bailey; Baltimore, MD
Kathryn Bell; Baltimore, MD
Amita Bhatt; Baltimore, MD
Travis Childers; Fairfax, VA
Leah Cooper; Baltimore, MD
Brent Crothers; Bel Air, MD
Oletha DeVane; Ellicott City, MD
Annie Farrar; Baltimore, MD
Shaun Flynn; Baltimore, MD
Dawn Gavin; Baltimore, MD
Breon Gilleran; Baltimore, MD
Amy Glengary Yang; Washington, DC
Ryan Hackett; Kensington, MD
Michelle Hagewood; Baltimore, MD
Matthew Janson; Baltimore, MD
Evan La Londe; Baltimore, MD
Nate Larson; Baltimore, MD
Christopher LaVoie; Baltimore, MD
Lawrence Lee; Baltimore, MD
Kim Manfredi; Baltimore, MD
Ben Marcin; Baltimore, MD
Christina Martinelli; Baltimore, MD
Sebastian Martorana; Baltimore, MD
Alexa Meade; Chevy Chase, MD
Maggie Michael; Washington, DC
Ledelle Moe; Baltimore, MD
Cory Oberndorfer; Washington, DC
Matthew Porterfield; Baltimore, MD
Siobhan Rigg; Washington, DC
Michael Sylvan Robinson; Baltimore, MD
Rachel Rotenberg; Baltimore, MD
Adam T. Rush; Baltimore, MD
Christopher Saah; Washington, DC
Hadieh Shafie; Baltimore, MD
Dan Steinhilber; Washington, DC
Melissa Webb; Baltimore, MD
Karen Yasinsky; Baltimore, MD

This year’s jurors are Robert Nickas, Magdalena Sawon and Hamza Walker. The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is designed to assist visual artist or visual artist collaborators working in the Greater Baltimore region by awarding a $25,000 fellowship. The prize is in conjunction with the annual Artscape juried exhibition and is produced with The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

Approximately six finalists will be reviewed for the prize. Their work will be shown in the Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Galleries of The Baltimore Museum of Art, located at 10 Art Museum Drive. In addition, an exhibition of the semi-finalists’ work will be shown during the Artscape weekend in the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries of the Maryland Institute College of Art, located at 1303 W. Mount Royal Avenue. The prize is part of Artscape, America’s largest free celebration of the arts, taking place Friday, July 16 through Sunday, July 18, 2010 on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street.

The fellowship winner will be selected after a review of the art installed at the BMA and an interview with each finalist by the jurors. The remaining finalists not selected for the fellowship will each receive a $1,000 honorarium. Artist collaborators will receive a single $25,000 prize if chosen as the winner or a $1,000 honorarium that will be equally divided among the members of the group.

Congratulations to all the Semi-Finalists!

Finalists will be announced Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

This weekend (now that you can leave your parking space and hopefully find a new one...)


Baltidelphia @ The Hexagon
The Hexagon, in conjunction with My House Gallery (Philadelphia), presents: Baltidelphia, an experimental collaboration curated by Phuong Pham (the Hexagon) and Alex Gartelmann (My House). The Baltidelphia exhibition features 22 Baltimore artists paired with 22 Philadelphia artists who were asked to collaborate/correspond through whatever means they chose—facebook, text message, twitter, carrier pigeon, postal mail, sky-writing, etc. Rather than get lost in the flood of tweeting that flickrs to your tumbl that feeds to your blog (LOL smileyface), Baltidelphia embraces communication, distance, and geography as points of departure to create a project. Baltidelphia will be exhibited in both Baltimore and Philadelphia, with selections of the projects being displayed in each spaces.

Philadelphia artists will travel to Baltimore, Saturday, February 6th for the closing. Participating artists (Bmore & Philly): Kathy Beachler & Martha Savery, Emily Claire Dierkes & Jim Grilli, Miguel Sabogal & Bryan Patrick Rice, Jon Bevers & Damian Weinkrantz, Kathleen Mazurek & Daniel Potterton, Sarah Magida & Kristen Neville, Mike Riley & Tim Pannell, Jared Fischer & Tyler Kline, Freda Mohr & Andrew Brehm, Heather Von Marko & Hannah Heffner, Julie Pahr & Fernando Ramos, Andrew Geddes & Daniel Petraitis, Na Kim & Mike Ryan, Jennifer Mullins & Leah Mackin, Ric Royer & Beth Heinly, Robert Brulinski & Piper Brett, Magnolia Laurie & Nike Desis, Megan Lavelle & Jen Gin, Sean Scheidt & Masha Badinter, Monique Crab & Hope Rovelto, Phuong Pham & Alex Gartelman

Closing Reception: Friday, February 19, 2010 6-8pm

The Hexagon

1825 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Grundelhammer @ 2640 Space

In October, Grundlehammer opened at the 2640 Space with three sold out shows and over 1,000 people in attendance. The production returns, this time with a sprawling 2-disc studio recorded album featuring all the original songs of Gründlehämmer! The album will be available for the first time ever at the Gründlehämmer remount, February 19th-21st, 2010 at the 2640 space.

Tickets Available Now!


Agglutinate @ The Creative Alliance

With inky black shadows, and a limitless range of gray washes, Amanda Burnham’s crumbling urban and exurban landscapes are almost entirely void of people, like cartoon snapshots taken a month or so after the rapture. Here Burnham combines drawing with installation to ghostly effect, with dangling street signs or tangled chain fence etched onto the wall and enfolding the viewer.

Closing Reception: Saturday, February 20, 2010 8:30pm

Amelie Rothschilde Gallery
The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD


Magic Eye is proud to present a night of short films and videos created by Baltimore artists. This group features work by Kari Altmann, Kristen Anchor, Mark Brown, Lauren Friedman, Jenny Graf, Clarissa Gregory, Justin Kelly, Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Catherine Pancake, Jimmy Joe Roche, Paul Sharitis, Stan Vanderbeek, Fred Worden and Karen Yasinsky.

The films, dating from the early 60s to contemporary work, range from experimental narrative to animation, music videos and performance documentation. In celebration and remembrance, Magic Eye will screen Paul Sharits’ T,O,U,C,H,I,N.G (1968) featuring the Baltimore poet David Franks.
Screening: Monday, February 22, 2010 9:30-11pm $5

The Charles Theater
1711 N. Charles st.
Baltimore, MD 21217

Thursday, January 28, 2010

This Weekend


AFTER IMAGE @ School 33

The term afterimage describes when an image persists in one's vision, even after exposure to the original image has ceased. The focus of this exhibition is how communication, memory, and history are manipulated or reconstructed through aggressive means--remixing, erasing, repetition, translation, and so forth--and how these interventions disorient viewer expectations, and offer new interpretative and narrative possibilities.

Participating artists include Lucas and Jason Ajemian, Alessandro Bosetti, Patrick Cadenhead, Keren Cytter, Caitlin Denny, Nicolas Djandji, Joseph Ernst, Claire L. Evans, Martijn Hendriks, Gareth Long, Matt Lipps, Rashaad Newsome, Alee Peoples, Kristine Thompson, and Wu Ingrid Tsang. Curated by Jamillah James, as a part of School 33 Art Center's Annual Call for Curators.

Exhibition Dates: January 29 - March 27, 2010
Opening Reception: January 29, 2010 6-9pm
An accompanying screening and talk with the curator, Jamillah James, is scheduled for March 5, 2010.

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland

Recent Works: Julie Benoit & Leah Cooper @ John Fonda Gallery

Recent Works: Julie Benoit and Leah Cooper
Exhibition Dates: January 28 -March 7, 2010
Opening Reception Friday 29 January 2010

John Fonda Gallery located at Theatre Project Baltimore
45 West Preston Street
Baltimore, Maryland. 21201


A Friend in Need @ American University Rotunda Gallery

The MFA students of American University are pleased to present A Friend In Need: 2nd Annual MFA Invitational. The exhibition culls work from 18 artists from 15 different academic institutions and invites a dialogue on the current plurality of "academic art"
Featured Artists:
Meaggan Busch, Bradley Chriss, Mary Helena Clark, Laura Cox, Peter Cullen, Alyssa Denis, Eleonore Gailet, Ellen Hunt, Matt Kalasky, Christine Kesler, Linling Lu, Oliver Pesret, Cecelia Phillips, Ben Piwowar, Erin Raedeke, Lisa Rosenstreich, Stacey Torma, and Virginia Wagner

American University MFA students will be holding open studios during the reception.

Exhibition Dates: January 18 - February 14, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 30, 2010 6-9pm

American University
Katzen Center Rotunda Gallery
4400 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, DC 20016

Thursday, January 21, 2010

This Weekend


Call + Response @ Hamiltonian Gallery
Sixteen writers and sixteen visual artists from Washington, D.C., and beyond have paired to create artworks that resonate with each other for a new exhibition, Call + Response. The show includes the work of a Guggenheim fellowship recipient and seven Hamiltonian Fellows.
Exhibition Dates: January 23 until February 13, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday January, 23 2010 7-9pm

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St, NW, Suite 101

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This Weekend


Love & Heartbreak @ METRO Gallery
Metro Gallery is pleased to present Love & Heartbreak: New Works by Katy Keefe and Samuel Payne. Intensely personal and layered with texture, Keefe’s paintings, drawings and photographs are inspired by the romantic, as an answer to Payne’s heart-wrenching, violent paintings and works-on-paper inspired by heartbreak and scorn. Despite the immediate contradictory nature of the two perspectives, the works are thematically united under the auspices of passion, devotion and enlightenment. Using totems and hero worship, Keefe glorifies while Payne simultaneously destroys. The dense works of the two artists are aesthetically complex compositions constructed meticulously of accumulating detail and narratives. The work is both genuinely personal and universally metaphorical. Keefe and Payne utilize their joint belief in the constant presence of separation and division to establish a dialogue regarding heaven and hell, the dichotomy of brokenness, and the question of power and rule in daily life. “Love & Heartbreak” is an exhibition of journeys, failures, enlightenment, and common experience.
Exhibition Dates: January 14- February 27, 2010
Opening Reception: January 14, 2010 at 7pm

Metro Gallery
1700 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Love & Loss (I miss you, Hugh Grant) @ Hood College

The artists include Rebecca Nagle, Hermonie Only and Kylie Lockwood, sculpture; Lissa Corona, photography; Melody Often, Steven Ketchum and Zachary Storm, drawing; Gina Denton, Sarah Matson and Emily Slaughter, soft sculpture; and Heather Boaz, multimedia.
Exhibition Dates: January 8 - February 3, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28, 2010 6 - 8pm

Hood College
Hodson Gallery: Tatem Arts Center
401 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21701


Madeline Keesing and Carrie Seid @ Goya Contemporary

Carrie Seid, New Light

Madeleine Keesing, Plums

Exhibition Dates: January 15- March 30, 2010
Opening Reception Friday, January 15, 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm

Goya Contemporary

Mill Center, Studio 214
3000 Chestnut Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21211


Püss Füst @ Open Space

Open Space is pleased to present the second annual Püss Füst, a festive marathon of all-girl phenomena. In addition to artwork on floors and walls, ladies will be taking over all of the Remington based gallery, presenting dance routines, musical performance, interactive kiosks, and doo wop.
Artists will include: Rahne Alexander, Alisa Alig, Kristen Anchor, Mia Ardito, Diane Barcelowsky, Michelle Belfield, Annika Blomberg, Hannah Brancato, Muffy Brandt, Ingrid Burrington, Mylinh Chau, Theresa Columbus, Caitlin Cunningham, Pilar Diaz, Liz Donadio, Timmy Dougherty, Lara Emerling, Eleanor Farley, Samantha Garner, Mollie Goldstrom, Liz Hayes, Maya Hayuk, Kendra Hebel, Christine Herz, Elizabeth Hollon, Jungil Hong, Ann Kelly, Stefani Levin, Amy Lockhart, Xander Marro, Keelin Mayer, Sarah Milinski, Monica Mirabile, Jamie Mohr, Maire O'Neill, Beth Pakradooni, Shana Palmer, Claire Plumb, Erica Prince, Natalie Purkey, Katherine Anne Ralston, Lindsay Rowinski, Molly Siegel, Hayley Silverman, Kat Sotelo, Hillery Sproatt, Brina Thurston, Sarah Tooley, Eden Veaudry, Caitlin Williams, & Liz Zacharia + more!
Exhibition Dates: January 16- February 6, 2010
Opening Reception (and only time to catch all of the performances): January 16th, 2010.

Open Space
2720 Sisson St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
gallery hours: Friday 4-8, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

This Weekend


Lordz of the Flyze @ Nudashank

Nudashank is psyched to present its first two-man exhibition.
Julian C. Duron and Matthew Craven, both emerging NY artists, are taking over the space with a full-on painting installation. The opening will also feature the debut screening of new video work by Julian Duron.
Exhibition Dates: Jan. 8- Feb. 5, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 6-10pm

H&H Arts Building
405 W. Franklin St.
3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201


Inside Mouth @ Flashpoint DC

Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present Inside Mouth, Jackie Milad’s first solo show in Washington, DC. The exhibition features Milad’s spare, but lyrical line drawings, photographs and an interactive installation.
Exhibition Dates: January 9 – February 13, 2010. More information at flashpointdc.org.
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 9, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 13, 1-2pm

Flashpoint DC
916 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

In The Studio with Cara Ober

Cara Ober is an artist and person extraordinaire in Baltimore. She is represented by Gallery Imperato in Baltimore, Civilian Art Project in Washington, DC and Randall Scott Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. She writes the bmoreart blog as well as contributing to the Baltimore City Paper, ARTNews, and Art Papers. She let me have a sneak-peek into her studio before her paintings were shipped off to New York for her upcoming solo show, Glittering Generalities, on view at Randall Scott Gallery January 7- February 13, 2010.

(all "quotes" are from C.O., paraphrased by Rachel Sitkin)

Cara and Uncle Louie

"I collect ephemera, bits of nonsense"

"I want people to think, 'why are all these things together?' I feel like my life is that way- it never makes sense"

"I am trying to achieve an authentic experience"

"...and I like pretty things. People like pretty. So what?"

"I am pointing out the 'truths' that people used to believe, the odd bits of information that were once valued"

"I like to think of the paintings as poetry, where there can be any combination of things, of words and they find a meaning together"

"I know it's good when I feel guilty, like I've gotten away with something. I know you're not supposed to do these things in painting"

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