3 posts tagged artisphere
Surrealism in Mexican art is more than its title. In fact, it’s more than surreal. It’s by turns, isolating, sexual, dark, powerful, illusory, tumultuous, truthful and dreamlike. As the photographic evidence of last year’s Frida Kahlo show at Artisphere demonstrated, it was also built on a rotating cast of European and American characters who found a new freedom in Mexico in the first half of the 20th century.
Tomorrow night, critic and art historian Edward J. Sullivan lectures on emigres such as Leonora Carrington, Wolfgand Paalen, Remedios Varo, and other artists who found inspiration in Mexico. He also discusses Mexico City as an important and worthy rival to Paris as the center of Surrealism. Viva Mexico!
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St., NW.
This new exhibit which explores land use and urban architecture includes two of my favorite local artists: Frank Hallam Day and Trevor Young. Through photography, Day often captures the alternate realities and meaning of place. Young’s paintings exalt everyday spaces in a way that questions their meaning. If the installation photos for this show are any indicator, the other seven artists in this show will have you thinking about the world around you in a more deliberate way.
BEYOND THE PARKING LOT: THE CHANGE AND RE-ASSESSMENT OF OUR MODERN LANDSCAPE, Curated by Cynthia Connolly, opening reception Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 7-10pm. Exhibit runs August 24 - November 4.
An afternoon with Frida is probably a good idea if you’ve been overdoing it. Her photography and that of her circle portrays an incredibly layered life, full of strange entrances and exits, political forays, ideological breakaways, all of the best stuff of life.
Frida Kahlo: Her Photos, at Artisphere in Rosslyn, closes next weekend March 25th.