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2015-2016

The Other 90%: Works from the GW Permanent Collection

March 16 - June 3, 2016

Norman Rockwell, Portrait of a Man

Image: Norman Rockwell, Portrait of a Man, c. 1929, oil on canvas, 34 x 20 inches.
Gift of Frank B. Hand, Jr.


Coloring Pages: Works from the Corcoran Collection of Artists' Books

January 19 - March 25, 2016

Coloring Pages
With winter now making its appearance, we look for other sources of warmth in these sometimes-dreary months. Artists' books from the Corcoran Art & Design Collection showcase color and color imagery in the pages of their work. Some stories are told completely through color; others, though they might use muted palettes, create a sensation with words that paint images of colorful scenes. These bright pages serve as a complement to the exhibition Color Bloc: Paintings by Elizabeth Osborne, on view in the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery through February 26, 2016.

The exhibit displays only a sampling of artists' books from the Art & Design Collection from the Corcoran. These and many others can be viewed in the Special Collections Research Center at GW's Gelman Library. Visit http://library.gwu.edu/scrc to find out more.

Color Bloc: Paintings by Elizabeth Osborne

December 9, 2015 - February 26, 2016

Elizabeth Osborne, Portrait

Image: Elizabeth Osborne, Audrey in Profile, 2014, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches.
James A. Michener Art Museum. Museum purchase funded by Bonnie O'Boyle and the Mandel Society for Art Acquisitions and partial gift from Locks Gallery.


Veils, blocks, bands and wavy strokes of color are the hallmark of Elizabeth Osborne's paintings. Whether fully abstract or punctuated by the artist's treatment of the figure and objects, Osborne's paintings show a skillful handling of color and command of her technique. Osborne typically paints on a canvas laid on the floor. This technique enables her to perfect a wavy brush stroke, which has become her signature. The rich color juxtapositions and linear compositions evident in her work can be likened to Washington Color School painters such as Gene Davis, Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland.

Osborne was a professor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1963-2011 and has influenced a generation of painters and artists. The Brady Gallery exhibition is derived from the Veils of Color exhibition organized by the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Unique to the Washington show, loans from the artist and Locks Gallery in Philadelphia round out the exhibition. The Friends of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery provided partial funding for the exhibition.

Absence/Presence: Selected Contemporary Photography

August 26 - November 20, 2015
How does one measure emptiness and can it be measured? Images that are devoid of people give us a taste of what we leave behind when we take a step away: an abandoned bowling alley, a stark prison cell, or an empty desk. They imply a sense of absence, but they are far from empty and the human presence is visible and felt. Featuring works from the GW Permanent Collection and various lenders, this exhibition explores the traces of human presence left behind in 'unpeopled' photographs of interiors and other spaces, whether temporarily empty, permanently abandoned, or made to appear so by the photographer's viewpoint or photographic processes. Artists include Nancy Breslin, William Christenberry, Cynthia Connolly, Lisa Tyson Ennis, Frank Gohlke, Dean Kessmann, Bridget Sue Lambert, Dan Lobdell, Pablo Maurer, Andrew Moore, E. Brady Robinson, Lee Saloutos, Katherine Sifers, and Trine S√łndergaard.
Partial funding provided by the Francine Zorn Trachtenberg Photography Fund and the Friends of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery.

Andrew Moore, Bowling Lanes, Governors Island Nancy Breslin, Queen Mary II

Above left: Andrew Moore, Bowling Lanes, Governors Island, NY, 2001, Chromogenic Print, 40 x 50 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery. Above right: Nancy Breslin, Queen Mary II, Deck Chairs, 2015, ultrachrome pigment print, 15 x 15 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist.


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