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Gallery Neptune & Brown
Gallery Neptune & Brown will exhibit “Blue Chip: Printmaking Masters,” a series of works that employ a wide array of printmaking techniques including etching, engraving, lithograph and woodcut. The gallery has billed the exhibition as a group of work which displays “some of the best examples of printmaking over the last three centuries,” and this statement should not be taken as hyperbole.

Remarkably, this small commercial gallery in the 14th Street corridor will exhibit prints of several world-renowned artists including Georg Baselitz, one of Germany’s greatest living artists, who has a retrospective currently at the Hirshhorn; Henri Matisse, the French fauvist known for “wild” (fauve) colors and cutouts; Rufino Tamayo, a leader of the “Mexican Renaissance,” whose murals adorn major public buildings in Mexico; and James McNeill Whistler, the American portrait artist best known in Washington, DC, for painting the famous Peacock Room at the Freer Gallery of Art on the National Mall.

The work of these four artists does not detract from the talent of the others on view. On the contrary. The exhibition also includes contemporary masters like Ellsworth Kelly, the “hard edge” American color field painter; William Kentridge, a South African known for his drawings and animation; Joan Mitchell, a pioneering American abstract expressionist painter; Henry Moore, a British artist best known for oversized figurative sculptures; Richard Serra, an American minimalist sculptor; Kiki Smith, a multidisciplinary American artist; and Wayne Thiebaud, a 97-year-old American known for painting everyday objects and associated with countless movements including the Bay Area figurative movement and pop art, just to name a few.

Every year, Hamiltonian Gallery issues a call for artists to participate in the nonprofit’s fellowship program, which provides both professional development and exhibition opportunities for the fellows. This year, a panel of jurors selected six fellows from a pool of 115 applicants. The 2018 Hamiltonian Artists now include Kaitlin Jencso (Corcoran College of Art+Design, BFA fine art photography), Luke Ikard (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art), Brian Dunn (MFA, Cornell University), Curtis Miller (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art), Rachel Schmidt (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art) and Sera Boeno (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art). Every September, Hamiltonian’s newly selected artist fellows participate in a group exhibition entitled “new. now.” This year’s exhibition opens on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Charlene Nield and Ann Pickett, “Royal Wedding.” Acrylic with collage, 24 x 30 inches. Image: Foundry Gallery

Foundry Gallery
The title of Foundry Gallery’s September exhibition, “a deux,” translates from the French as “two together.” Charlene Nield and Ann Pickett have been working together, a deux, for many years, creating brightly colored work with an emphasis on the figurative. The artists aptly describe their work as having “strong elements of color and whimsy.” With titles like “Royal Wedding” and “Amore,” the duo’s paintings focus on harmonious human relationships, much like their own artistic partnership. Of their collaborative process, they state, “Once creative trust and respect is established the experience is remarkably freeing. Just as in our individual art, our collaborative works speak to who we are, how we view and experience life through art.” This new series of mixed-media series uses both acrylic paint and collage.

Rosa Vera, “Falling into Lines.” Image: Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone Gallery
In “Passages and Borders,” Rosa Vera works in several mediums including assemblage, installation and paint, to explore the theme of multiculturalism. However, her exploration does not derive from a desire to undertake an inquiry of American society. Rather, she explores the theme from an autobiographical perspective. The artist quotes Michael Ondaatje, who believes that “everything is biographical.” She draws on her experiences as an American immigrant while paying homage to her Latin American roots.

Vera explores “the transition from one border to another, the passage of time, memory and ancestry.” Her boldly painted works depict figurative subjects obscured by richly colored backgrounds, creating a collage effect in which elements from the past and the present, places far and near, exist in unified juxtaposition. Her work has received critical acclaim both in the US and abroad, and appears in the permanent collection of the National Institutes of Health.


Gallery Neptune & Brown
1530 14th St. NW
202-986-1200 | www.neptunefineart.com
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 12-7 p.m.
Sept. 15-Oct. 14
“Blue Chip: Printmaking Masters”
Opening reception: Sat., Sept. 15, 5-7 p.m.

Foundry Gallery
2118 Eighth St. NW
202-232-0203 | www.foundrygallery.org
Hours: Wed. to Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Sept. 5-30
Charlene Nield and Ann Pickett, “a deux”
Opening reception: Sat., Sept. 15, 6-8 p.m.

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW
202-332-1116 | www.hamiltoniangallery.com
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 12-6 p.m.
“new. now,” 2018 Hamiltonian Fellows group exhibition
Opening reception: Sat., Sept. 22, 7-9 p.m.

Renee Stout, “Bellona,” 2018. Acrylic and mixed media on panel, 24.” Image: Hemphill Fine Arts

Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW
202-234-5601 | www.hemphillfinearts.com
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sept. 29-Dec. 15
Renee Stout, “When 6 Is 9: Visions of a Parallel Universe”
Opening reception: Sat., Sept. 29, 6-8 p.m.

Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St. NW
202-232-4788 | www.longviewgallerydc.com
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through Sept. 16
Gian Garofalo, “Flora and Fauna”

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave. NW
202-347-2787 | www.touchstonegallery.com
Hours: Wed. to Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Weekends, 12-5 p.m.
Sept. 5-30
Gallery A and C, “Dreams” group exhibition
Gallery B, Rosa Vera, “Passages and Borders”


Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, dedicated to DC’s visual arts. For more information visit www.eastcityart.com.

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