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Full Circle: Hue and Saturation in the Washington Color School
June 14 - October 26, 2018
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery at the
Corcoran School of the Arts & Design

Summer hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 1 - 5 pm

The Washington Color School was a visual arts movement that spanned the late 1950s through the late 1960s and was centered in Washington. Artists associated with this movement painted nonrepresentational works and were central to the larger color-field movement. Many of the artists who were part of the Washington Color School were linked, in their early days, to the Corcoran College of Arts & Design and the Corcoran Museum.

In the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery's inaugural exhibition in its new home, curator Lenore Miller draws parallels between the collection and exhibition histories of both GW and the Corcoran that support the theme, Full Circle. The exhibition includes more than 30 works by notable Washington Color School and color-field artists and those who follow in that legacy, including Blair Apperson, Leon Berkowitz, Renee Butler, Gene Davis, Tom Downing, Sam Gilliam, Gay Glading, Carol Brown Goldberg, Cynthia Bickley-Green, James Hilleary, Darryl Hughto, Jacob Kainen, Daniel Yellow Kuhne, Mokha Laget, Morris Louis, Willem de Looper, Howard Mehring, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons, Ann Purcell, Paul Reed, Alma Thomas, Anne Truitt and Ken Young.

"We inaugurate the Brady Art Gallery's new location in the Flagg Building with a high quality exhibition indicative of the many major ones staged at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery over the past 15 years," Ms. Miller, director of GW's art galleries and chief curator, said. "For this exhibition, we aspire to showcase the grand nature of this historic building with its rich history of teaching and exhibitions."

To complement works from the GW collection for this exhibition and bring many of the artists back together in the same place, the gallery borrowed works from artists, private collections, other galleries and museums including the Reading Public Museum, Bethesda Fine Art and Yares Art, New York.

"The homecoming is making me teary already," artist Ann Purcell said. Purcell taught painting, drawing and art history for many years at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Expansive Visions: GW Collection Past, Present, Future
Organized by the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery and presented at the
GW Museum and The Textile Museum

Image: Alma Thomas, Nature's Red Impressions, 1968, acrylic on canvas, 51" x 49-1/2".
Gift of the artist, 1968.

Art collections are made up of more than just objects; they consist of stories of people, cities and institutions. The George Washington University began building its collection of art in 1821. It now owns more than 4,000 drawings, paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures. This exhibition presents highlights of GW's collection specifically selected to trace the university's history and evolution as a presenter of contemporary art as well as an institution of training for artists and humanists now and in the future; a charge made more tangible through GW's recent merger with the Corcoran School of Art and Design. Presented in addition to the exhibitions at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, this selection is an opportunity for the public to view works from the university's collection in a different setting.

Works in the exhibition include works by Washington Color School notables such as Gene Davis, Howard Mehring and Alma Thomas; alongside newer acquisitions from artists such as Michael Craig-Martin, Robin Rose and Susan Roth. Included is an interactive timeline demonstrating the almost 50 year impact of the Dimock and Luther W. Brady Art Galleries to the history of art in D.C.

This exhibition is organized by the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery with the support of the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum staff. Partial support for the exhibition was provided by the Frances and Leonard K. Burka Fund for the Arts, the Friends of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery and Meredith Mickelson.

To view past exhibitions please view our Exhibition Archive

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