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Emergency Call Boxes as Art

Posted in Paintings, Sculpture with tags on August 3, 2009 by Kent

Capitol Hill Police Call BoxThe Sunday Post had a good article the emergency call boxes that have been slowly turning into art since 2002. According to the article,

… the Art on Call project, created by Cultural Tourism D.C., has turned 122 of the 1860s-era fire and police call boxes into public pedestals for local art and quirky history markers. More are coming this summer, even as the project, funded by the city’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities, is losing its original leadership, far short of the more than a thousand call boxes that still dot city streets.

You can read the entire article here>>


Murals at Park View Rec Center Progressing

Posted in Paintings, Park View with tags , , on July 31, 2009 by Kent

While still in the very early stages, I wanted to show that the murals at the Park View Rec Center are under way. The murals are being created by Park View youth in partnership with the Latin American Youth Center. You can read more about the murals from my earlier post.Park View Rec Center MuralsMurals at Park View Rec Center

New Mural Coming to Park View Rec Center

Posted in Paintings, Park View with tags , , , on July 28, 2009 by Kent

Parkview Recreation CenterWhile I don’t have any images yet, I wanted to share what I know about the new mural coming to the Park View Rec Center.

Based on the preliminary plans I saw last Friday, the new mural will be located on two walls — the south wall of the pool house and the north, opposite, wall of the main structure. None of the murals along Otis Street will be impacted at this time.

The two murals will be largely composed of abstract landscapes that have words breaking forth from the soil. The words will be in English and Spanish and are meant to convey a spirit of unity.

The walls chosen have already be painted with a base coat so that the designs can be transferred. I suspect painting could start as early as today, but will definitely start this week.

Park View’s Everyday People Mural Project

Posted in Paintings, Park View with tags , on July 17, 2009 by Kent

Mural at Park View rec centerLast night I attended a meeting at the Park View Recreation Center for the Everyday People Mural Project. If you are familiar with the building, you’ll also be familiar with the murals that are already there on Otis Street (I’m including images of them here).

The artist chose is part of the Latin American Youth Center’s Art & Media House, which is the same group responsible for the new mural on the north side of Harriet Tubman. The general impression I left the meeting with was that the new mural will likely be in the pool area, and it needs to include graffiti as part of the theme to comply with the grant.

The murals that are currently on the building are in horrible condition, but there are most likely bong to be left alone at this time. It was mostly a brain storming session, so I’ll report more as things progress. Park View muralsPark View Murals

Art Without the Museum

Posted in Paintings with tags , , , , , on May 21, 2009 by Kent

Blue ContactPreviously, I posted two works by Frank Stella that were located in the lobby of a building on K Street. Here are two more paintings that I found in the lobby of the building at 1747 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

The first painting is by Monique Prieto and is titled Blue Contact. It is an acrylic on canvas from 2002. There is a brief biography of Prieto here if you’d like to read more.

The second work is by Matthew Ritchie and is titled Anti-City. It is oil and markers on canvas from 2000. You can learn more about Ritchie here>>Anti-City

3 Eakins From Hirshhorn to be Sold

Posted in Museums, Paintings on May 1, 2009 by Kent

thomas-eakins-study-for-portrait-of-mrs-charles-l-leonardHaving worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden for two years, the item in yesterday’s Post concerning the upcoming sale of 3 works by Thomas Eakins caught my attention.

The Hirshhorn has a very solid collection by Eakins, and I know that the deaccessioning of these three pieces will not impact the quality of the Museum’s collection. In fact, I think the timing is excellent. The Hirshhorn recently got a new director, and I know that funds supporting collections are tight.

Since the sale of the paintings will infuse cash into the collection development budget, this give the new director, and curatorial staff, and opportunity to assess the state of the collection, and pursue development in areas where holes may exist, or secure key works by artists that are not well represent.

This is what great museums do, and I’m looking forward to seeing how much the Eakins bring and what that money will be used for.

Devil in the Details

Posted in Motherwell, Robert, Paintings on February 4, 2009 by Kent

Motherwell DetailCan you identify this painting from the detail above? Here’s a hint, it is part of the permanent collection of one of our museums, and is currently on display. (Click the image to discover its identity)