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2005-2006

Jules Olitski: Works on Paper

May 10, 2006 - July 14, 2006

After The Fire

Jules Olitski, After the Fire, 2004, Monotype on all rag paper, 14 3/4 x 14 7/8 inches, Photo courtesy of Knoedler & Company, New York

Presented in conjunction with the citywide celebration, " Washington, D.C. Celebrates American Originals," this exhibition shows twenty of Olitski's newest works. Created in 2004 and 2005, these monotypes range from figural works of female nudes to abstracted celestial landscapes. Almost all bear the trademark border that is present in many of Olitski's painted works as well.

Olitski's many accomplishments include representing the United States in the 1966 Venice Biennale, being the first living artist to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1969, being elected to the National Academy in 1993, and Olitski will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters on May 17, 2006 in New York City. His work is in the collections of such institutions as the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Tate.
American Originals

Annual Awards Show

April 12 - 28, 2006

Anticipation
Yeonhee Ji, Anticipation, Stoneware, 26-1/2" x 15-1/2" x 10"


Twenty-six works by emerging student artists are featured in the Annual Awards Show. Awards have been given for work in ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. This year's judge is Phyllis Rosenzweig, Former Curator of Works on Paper at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden who also selected the works for inclusion in the exhibition.

Sam Gilliam: Prints from the Artist's Collection

February 8, 2006 - March 31, 2006

After Smoke
Sam Gilliam, After "Smoke", 1985, screenprint, 32" x 40"


A show of Sam Gilliam's rarely seen prints will be exhibited in Sam Gilliam: Prints from the Artist's Collection at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. In this first retrospective treatment of Gilliam's printed works, the experimental quality seen throughout his painting career also is true of his prints. "Sam Gilliam: Prints from the Artist's Colletion" presents a selected, yet comprehensive, range of his printmaking oeuvre. While some of his prints exhibit the irregular shapes and bold colors so characteristic of his paintings, others are cool and minimally austere.

The exhibition of 15 works of art was organized by the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery along with the Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, D.C., as a complement to Gilliam's recent retrospective at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. In a Wall Street Journal review of the retrospective Tom Freudenheim writes, "Throughout his career, Mr. Gilliam has investigated how colors interact, in the tradition of Hans Hofmann, to whom he often seems to be paying homage."

The accompanying catalogue to Sam Gilliam: Prints features an essay by Ruth Fine, Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art. She writes, "Gilliam's prints, in fact, both exploit and defy traditional printmaking methodologies as they extend his visual language."

Gilliam is well represented around the world and in local collections with works in the Tate Modern Museum in London, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., as well as a number of works in the collection of The George Washington University Permanent Collection. Uguisu (1986) is a large acrylic on canvas plus aluminum sculptural pieces installed on the first floor of the newly renovated Norma Lee and Morton Funger Hall. The painting was a gift of Donald A. Brown, Esq. and Mrs. Ann W. Brown.

Don Quijote: The Real and the Imagined

November 16, 2005 through January 2006

Imagining Don QuijoteSketch for Don Quijote Deconstructed

L to R: Terreros, "Imagining Don Quijote" Don Quijote Deconstructed, cor-ten steel. On loan from the Artist Terreros, Sketch for Don Quijote Deconstructed, 2001, ink on paper. GW Permanent Collection.

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the iconic work Don Quijote de la Mancha, the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is pleased to present a collection of publications and artworks based on Miguel de Cervantes' memorable character. By combining books, sculpture, paintings, and drawings, the exhibit covers the many facets of Don Quijote that have emerged from 1605 until present day. We are honored to acknowledge co-sponsorship of the event by the Spanish Mission to the OAS (Mision Observadora Permanente de Espana ante la OEA) and we are grateful to the Embassy of Spain, Washington, Cultural Office for their cooperation on this exhibition. We are indebted to Professors Ellen Echeverria and Ines Azar from the Department of Romance, German, and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Located in the 2nd floor cases of the Media and Public Affairs Building, 805 21st Street, the exhibit will be on view through the rest of the semester.

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Imagination and Knowledge: Centennial Celebration of Einstein's Miraculous Year - Images and Ideas

November 2, 2005 - December 16, 2005

Albert Einstein
Yousuf Karsh, Albert Einstein, 1948, printed later
On loan from Stephen Joel Trachtenberg & Francine Zorn Trachtenberg


Merging the arts and sciences in an innovative and collaborative approach, GW has sponsored exhibitions and events throughout the year celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of three of Albert Einstein's most important papers. These papers showed how to demonstrate the atomistic property of matter, launched the quantum theory of light and matter, and gave us a revolutionary new picture of space and time.

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will feature 14 photographs of Albert Einstein on loan from the photography collection of President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and Mrs. Francine Zorn Trachtenberg. Among photographers represented in the collection are Yousuf Karsh, Lotte Jacobi, Lucien Aigner, and Alfred Eisenstaedt. Einstein's never before publicly exhibited furniture (3 pieces), on loan from the Historical Society of Princeton, will also be on display. Mrs. Trachtenberg will be providing a narrative for the photographs on display at the opening reception on Wednesday, November 2. William Parke, GW professor of physics, (GW Department of Physics) assists the gallery by creating graphics that express Einstein's scientific and humanistic contributions.

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, which opened in March 2001, is the professional showcase for art at GW. Luther W. Brady (B.A. '46, M.D. '48), the gallery's namesake and benefactor, is a world-renowned oncologist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at GW. He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from GW in May 2004 and has served as a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

John Walker: Works on Paper 1990-2004

September 6, 2005 - October 28, 2005

Box Canyon I
John Walker, Box Canyon I, 2004
Etching and Carborundum Aquatint on paper
Published by Riverhouse Editions

EXPRESSIONIST LANDSCAPES OF JOHN WALKER ON DISPLAY AT GW's LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY, SEPT. 6-OCT. 28

Walker's works on paper convey the same powerful gestural brush strokes, dense colors, and brooding sensibility of his monumental paintings. The sheer size and painterly effects characterize his prints as transcending traditional graphic techniques to suggest the powerful forces of natural elements - waterfalls, rocks, and tidal estuaries. Much of the imagery in Walker's recent work comes from his contact with the Maine coast where he lives in the summer months. An avid angler, Walker also has been drawn to the Rocky Mountains, where he has worked over the past decade with Riverhouse Editions in Steamboat Springs, Colo. In the illustrated brochure that accompanies the exhibition, Ruth Fine, curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art, discusses the complex printing processes that Walker employs to masterful effect in monumental prints. The exhibition was organized by Susan Danly, curator of Graphics, Photography, and Contemporary Art at The Portland Museum of Art.

Head of the Graduate School for Painting at Boston University since 1993, Walker frequently encourages his students to paint outdoors alongside him near his home on a tree-lined, rocky cove of the Johns River in Walpole, Maine. The small oil sketches in this exhibition originate in his practice of painting directly outdoors. A sense of light-filled immediacy and visceral contact with the mudflats that surround him are most evident in these studies. His evocative black-and-white aquatints further capture the luminous glow of moonlight on water.

Born in Birmingham, England, in 1939, Walker has traveled and exhibited widely throughout his distinguished career as an artist and teacher. Walker's works are found in the collections of many notable museums including The British Museum in London; Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Mass.; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His recent paintings have been featured in exhibitions in Maine, including the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport.

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, which opened in March 2001, is the professional showcase for art at GW. Luther W. Brady (B.A. '46, M.D. '48), the gallery's namesake and benefactor, is a world-renowned oncologist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at GW. He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from GW in May 2004 and has served as a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

Support for the exhibition has been provided by various sources, including Barry A. Berkus and family, Knoedler & Company, New York, and funds derived from The George Washington University and the Friends of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery.


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