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2011-2012

Howard Hodgkin

May 16 - July 13, 2012

Flag
Flag, 2006 - 2010, 34-1/2" x 43-3/8". Courtesy of Luther W. Brady.

GW Luther W. Brady Art Gallery's 2011-2012 season culminates with Howard Hodgkin: Paintings, which includes several paintings that are Washington area debuts. This is a rare opportunity for Washingtonians to view recent works by the British artist. Sir Hodgkin will celebrate his 80th birthday in August and he remains a cultural icon today. He was commissioned to create one of the London 2012 Olympic posters.

Sir Howard Hodgkin's signature style is colorful and abstract with textural swaths of paint that incorporate the wooden frames into their compositions. He is a major British artist who has exhibited internationally for over four decades. Sir Hodgkin represented Britain in the Venice Biennale in 1984, was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize in 1985 and was knighted in 1992. His work is included in major public and private collections all over the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Tate Britain in London, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid and elsewhere.

The GW Today article on the exhibition can be reached here

Carol Goldberg: Sculpture and Works on Paper

February 29 - April 20, 2012

RA 073Eight Sienna Circles
Left: RA 073, 2011, bronze, 8-1/2" x 10-1/2" x 3-1/2". Right: Eight Sienna Circles, 1978, ink on paper, 36-3/8" x 46"

Carol Brown Goldberg practices a technique called assemblage- the art of combining disparate materials in three-dimensional form. She takes everyday objects and combines them spontaneously. Fragile forms are cast into durable bronze sculptures. The sculptures are then presented in groupings that evoke personal responses and suggest individual and quirky human traits.

Original mixed media works on paper accompany the sculptures. The pen and ink drawings amplify the complex themes in the sculptures; themes that relate to the artist's interest in physics and art. In these detailed and intimate drawings, the arcs and conjoined vortices represent time and space similar to map-like diagrams and symbols.

The GW Today article on the exhibition can be reached here

Seen in Foggy Bottom: Selections from the GW Permanent Collection & Alumni Works of Art

THREE DAYS ONLY!! February 21 - 23, 2012
Kenny George, WOW
Kenny George (MFA 2008), WOW, 2008, lenticular flip animation, 21" x 32"

Drawn from the University's collection, this exhibition highlights those important people, events, and locations on campus through paintings, prints, and artifacts. It also shows works by GW students through the years, giving their own perspective of the campus they inhabited. This limited engagement will be accompanied by an exhibition in the 2nd floor cases. The public is invited to warm up at the Centennial Coffee Bar on Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10 am - 12 pm, a complimentary coffee service available outside the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery.

Let's Eat! Works from the GW Permanent Collection


2nd floor cases
December 7, 2011 - February 20, 2012

This exhibition is produced in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Museums & Gardens campaign and GW's Urban Food Task Force. Pairing paintings, sculptures, and prints from GW's notable permanent collection with healthy recipes related to their subjects, this exhibit hopes to demonstrate how small changes in one's diet can make a difference.
All of the recipes are available online: Let's Eat Recipes

Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings

January 11 - February 17, 2012

Ulster Museum wall drawing
Ulster Museum wall drawing, 1978, hand applied black, crepe tape on drafting film.
Signed, dated and titled in pencil, sheet: 23-1/2" x 16 4/5" (59.7 x 42.2 cm).
Image courtesy of Alan Cristea Gallery, London.

The George Washington University's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will present the Washington debut of Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings. The center piece of the exhibition is a large 5 ft. x 4 ft. wall drawing created on site especially for the gallery. Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings includes more than 30 drawings of subjects drawn from ordinary life, which he portrays using a mechanical line. The exhibition is free and open to the public from Jan.11 through Feb. 17, 2012.

Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings was selected from a recent exhibition organized by Alan Cristea Gallery, London, and is the artist's first-ever exhibition in Washington, D.C. His work is in the collections of the MoMA in New York City and the Tate Gallery in London. He was recently commissioned to create a poster for the 2012 London Olympics. His work is represented by Alan Cristea Gallery, London, and Gagosian Gallery, and his sculptures are exhibited at the NewArtCentre, Roche Court, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Mr. Craig-Martin is best known for using his "universal language." He uses simple things to describe very complex ideas about form and purpose. Like Claes Oldenburg, everyday objects sustain iconic meaning as Mr. Craig-Martin manipulates material and scale to maximum impact.

Mr. Craig-Martin was born in Dublin in 1941, but he grew up in Northeast Washington, D.C., and sees himself as a prodigal son revisiting an art culture of his youth. He studied fine art at Yale University where he studied the course designed by Josef Albers, the noted Bauhaus color theorist. A key figure in the first generation of British conceptual artists, he was a professor at Goldsmith's College, where he trained many of the YBA (Young British Artists), such as Damien Hirst and Gary Hume.

On January 10, 2012, the artist created a large wall drawing in the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. Special thanks to William Atkins and Christopher Boyes from the Office of External Relations for creating this video.



The GW Today article on the exhibition can be reached here

Kay Jackson

September 14 - October 14, 2011 ** Exhibition Extended Two Weeks to October 28, 2011**

American Buffalo Tree of Life
Left: American Buffalo, 23" x 18" x 4". Right: Tree of Life, 10" x 8" x 2". Below: Greenhouse, 10" x 10" x 6".
Images courtesy of the artist.

Greenhouse

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is hosting an inventive exhibition of the work of Washington artist Kay Jackson, GW M.F.A. alumna. Three-dimensional gessoed box constructions and wall pieces will be exhibited as a group for the first time in this exhibition at the Gallery.

The subject matter makes a clear connection with the University's ongoing efforts for sustainability. The artist says of her boxes, "They call attention to our compromised environment and endangered species through the use of ancient gilding techniques that are on the verge of being lost or forgotten... The rare methods and medium lend poetry to the message about our fragile ecosystem." The Gallery is working with GW's Office of Sustainability to promote their focus on ecosystems during the 2011-2012 academic year and to advance a dialogue between the arts and those working to improve our environment.

The complex box constructions utilize fourteenth-century techniques, and are wood covered with chalky gesso and adorned with gold leaf, bole, graphite, watercolor, oil paint, ink, and mixed media, combining the most precious with ordinary materials.

The box and wall-hung constructions resemble religious icons in their intimate allure and attention to detail, and the images commemorate such animals as horseshoe crabs, turtles, birds, zebras, and bison. In scale and scope, they invite the viewer to meditate on the subject. One's eyes luxuriate in the technical skill demonstrated by the artist's hand. Many of the boxes have an internal golden glow.

The artist is an accomplished painter in a romantic genre. Time and maps figure prominently as subjects. Ms. Jackson has lent her paintings to the ART in Embassies Program and received a commission to paint a nocturne of the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton's holiday card in 1997.

The works in the "Endangered Species" series are treasure troves combining excellent and rare techniques with contemporary contextual studies. The various subjects become pathways into new ways of seeing our environmental situation. "As artists we are always wrestling with the age-old challenge of revealing something extraordinary by exploring the ordinary," said Ms. Jackson.


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