|Nigeria and Cuba Inspire New Exhibition|
|The Arts Club of Washington inaugurates its 2001-2002 season with an
exhibition of works by Victor Ehikhamenor and Karen Keating, artists whose
works were selected by this year's guest curator, Dr. Kimberly A. Jones,
Assistant Curator of French Paintings, National Gallery of Art. The show will
be on view through September 29.|
Artwork by Victor Ehikhamenor
The brightly colored, mixed media works of Arts Club member Victor
Ehikhamenor's mixed media installation Discovering the Gods (Monroe Gallery)
have been inspired by the cultural traditions of the artist's native Nigeria.
Reminiscent of the exuberant imagery and style of the artist Paul Klee,
Ehikhamenor's sophisticated and complex treatment of pictorial space acts as
a counterpoint to the childlike energy of his pictographic renderings of
animals, masks, people, flower and plant forms. Their allover incised
patterning asserts the decorative flatness of the two dimensional surface,
while his schema of quilt-like geometric patchwork- executed in a hot,
tropical palette of lapis, vermilion, greens, blacks and oranges-opens up a
space of infinite depth. |
Photography by Karen Keating
The striking compositions and subjects of Cuba 2000/2001: From Veija to
Vedado to Vinnales, Karen Keating's recent photographs (MacFeely Gallery),
utilize and expand on the vocabulary of an American tradition encompassing
the diverse masterworks of Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Sally Mann.
Keating, a resident artist in photography at Glen Echo Park in Maryland, has
made previous photographic excursions to Bulgaria, Honduras, Greece, Kenya
and Uganda, and specializes in black and white portraits and still lives that
reflect the unique sensibilities, and age-old customs of insulated peoples.
Her photographs of children are particularly sensitive, and underscore her
subjects' vulnerability, agility, melancholy and grit.
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organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of the arts in the
nation's capital. The Club is located in the historic home of President
James Monroe at 2017 "I" Street, NW, Washington, DC. The Club's galleries
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a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, telephone the Arts Club at
202-331-7282, ext. 23.