George Condo: The Way I Think at The Phillips Collection by Brendan L. Smith

George Condo may not be a household name, but his artwork looks both familiar and unique.

“The only way for me to feel the difference between every other artist and me is to use every artist to become me,” Condo has said.

His work pays tribute to Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Francis Bacon, but Condo has developed a signature style that explores our panoply of psychological states, ranging from humor and overt sexuality to our darker impulses mired in dark pits of fear and loathing.

While Condo is more well-known as a prolific painter, the Phillips Collection has amassed approximately 200 drawings, sketches, and sketchbooks along with some “drawing paintings” in George Condo: The Way I Think. The exhibition—on view until June 25 in The Phillips Collection—offers an expansive view of the 59-year-old artist’s work which blurs the lines between representation and abstraction. Condo embraces the grotesque and comical, reveling in a distorted carnival mirror of life where his reflections confound our expectations.

The Wedding Pianist (from sketchbook)

Condo has led a fascinating life, finding himself at the intersection of major art movements. He was a studio assistant in Andy Warhol’s factory in the 1970s, befriended fellow New York artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and moved to Paris in the 1980s. He collaborated with unhinged author William S. Burroughs in the 1990s and painted several different cover illustrations for Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album in 2010.

The final cover featured West having sex with a weird nude armless angel/phoenix/demoness adorned with white wings, feathered legs, and a polka-dotted tail. West claimed the album was banned in Wal-Mart, but that may have been the goal given his penchant for publicity stunts. Just ask Taylor Swift, Jay Z, or North when he gets a little older.

Condo pays homage to Picasso to an almost obsessive degree, and he coined the phrases “psychological cubism” and “artificial realism” to describe his own work. “Picasso painted a violin from four different perspectives at one time,” Condo said. “I do the same with psychological states.”

Double Heads Drawing

Several drawings in the exhibition, including a series called Double Heads Drawing, feature Picasso-esque portraits with faces emerging from a fractured maze of Cubist planes while uneven oversized eyes angle down toward maniacal grins. The work isn’t compelling because it looks too familiar. We know what to expect because we’ve seen it before, and while it was revolutionary in Picasso’s time, it just seems derivative now.

Condo’s work branches out more effectively into aspects of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art in his own definitively weird stew. Some portraits and swirling scenes portray conflicting desires and uneasy psychological landscapes. In The Discarded Human, a beautiful nude woman’s body morphs sharply at her shoulders with a dislocated and darkened head. Only one menacing eye and two sharp rows of teeth emerge from the inky shadows. Her visage is both repulsive and attractive, combining lust, fear, and dread in a primordial soup of raw emotions.

Some of Condo’s sketches are displayed salon style from floor to ceiling, including some detailed drawings of dinosaurs inked in bright red or lime green when Condo was 7-years-old in the 1960s. In the center of another room, more than 100 sketchbooks are stacked in rows under glass, creating a sense of mystery about their contents. Only a few are opened to reveal pages inside. One note dated Aug. 27 with no year includes just one cryptic sentence: “I feel better than I have ever felt in my life.”

A 2009 graphite and colored pencil drawing titled Study for the Fallen Butler is a fascinating example of how a painting can transcend its conception. The drawing shows a debauched scene with a drunk tuxedoed butler slumped on the floor while raising his champagne glass toward the nude bottom of a woman bending over in a French maid costume. Drawn curtains behind them reveal a painting of rolling green hills beneath a cloudy sky. The setting may be a stately home while the master is away or the stage of a bawdy theatrical production, but the artifice is real, as Condo would say.

It’s difficult to compare the study for The Fallen Butler to the grand painting that followed because they aren’t located near each other in the exhibition. They aren’t even on the same floor in The Phillips Collection. Two rooms of Condo’s drawings and sketches are effectively displayed on the ground floor, but visitors then must consult a map, climb a flight of stairs, and walk past other exhibitions to find six of Condo’s large paintings shoehorned into a small claustrophobic room next to the restrooms. The inclusion of the paintings seems like an afterthought in the bifurcated exhibition or a strange curatorial decision to downplay the paintings because the exhibition’s theme focuses on Condo’s drawings.


The Fallen Butler

The Fallen Butler is worth seeing despite the location. The painting, on loan from the Museum of Modern Art, bears only a passing resemblance to the study as it transforms from a comical over-the-top scene toward a more vivid, subtle abstraction. The butler, or part of him, is still visible hoisting a large green bottle, but most of the maid has disappeared into the jumbled background except for a disjointed head with glaring eyes perched atop an elongated neck. Other small floating faces peek out from a patchwork quilt of colors that threatens to overwhelm the main characters. While the title references only the butler, the painting is an ensemble performance.

Another highlight is Spanish Head Composition which combines elements of painting, drawing and collage. A central figure has a scribbled Picasso-esque face on a painted body with a wide-brimmed hat and a swirling shirt with a clownish collar. He is surrounded by small portraits on paper that have been affixed to the canvas. The drawings vary in style and complexity, ranging the gamut from more representational to abstract. Some of the portraits appear to be studies for the large central figure, and the inclusion of the preparatory drawings in the final work offers a fascinating time line or view of roads not taken.


Spanish Head Composition

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Brendan L. Smith is a freelance journalist and mixed-media artist in Washington, D.C.

George Condo: The Way I Think will be on view at The Phillips Collection through June 25.  

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14nov - 15decnov 147:00 pmdec 15The Fourth More Creative Power

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As an artist running for political office in 2015, Ryan Dorsey sought to create an event that would bring together two worlds with which he was familiar but which were not seen as natural compliments. The result was the first More Creative Power, an event combining elements of an art auction, live performances, and a traditional campaign fundraiser.

Here’s how it works: Admission starts at $10 with sponsorship levels available for those who can afford to give more. Artists contribute work for the live auction, and similar to a charity art auction, choose to donate a portion of the proceeds. All who attend get to view and bid on art by some of Baltimore’s best visual artists, enjoy a program of live performances, and still find some time to hobnob and schmooze over cocktail-style food and drinks.

Time

November 14 (Thursday) 7:00 pm - December 15 (Sunday) 10:00 pm

Location

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center

847 N Howard Street, Baltimore MD 21201

23nov - 14decnov 234:00 pmdec 14Scott Philip Goergens: Magical and MacabreOpening Reception

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Magical and Macabre

Opening Reception: November 23, 2019 4pm-7pm
Closing Reception: December 14, 2019 4pm-7pm

Show runs from November 23, 2019 – December 14, 2019

This exhibit will feature new and recent paintings as well as older work that will be shown for the first time and past work that will be exhibited for the last time (Cryptobotanicals).

​Artist Statement – Scott Philip Goergens
Monsters and the monstrous have been subjects that have been a focus of my art. The destruction and transformation of places and beings that may hold a comfortable place in the psyche. To be challenged by observing what is familiar and to view it in a new way. Sometimes even to sit with what is uncomfortable, and to consider how to navigate or process it.
I play with misconception and depict people the way I see them. Sometimes they are fantastic and bizarre creatures—wondrous, soulful, and caring. They can also be dark and ominous and even be painted as a typical person that is unaware of the complex stories and interactions that are happening around them.

Biography
Scott Goergens grew up outside Baltimore, and after many moves across the country he now lives back in the city. Throughout grade and high school levels he gravitated toward the arts and concentrated his efforts while in and out of class. Scott was awarded an art scholarship from the state of Maryland with the guidance of his High School teacher Olin Yoder. He used the scholarship to receive a general associates degree from Catonsville Community College (1993), where he concentrated electives in some art courses. He eventually decided college was not for him and chose to continue his art career in a less formal fashion. He continued to learn and develop his skills on his own in various mediums and styles – learning from trial and error with acrylic, oil, sculpture, ink, and watercolor. During the next decade after college, Scott Philip Goergens moved to San Fransisco, Boston, North Carolina, and Norfolk with his husband, but it wasn’t until moving back to his home town of Baltimore, Maryland did he complete his first painting series and land his first public show in 2001. His styles/technique adapt to compliment each series he is working on, but there is always a defined connection to theme and execution.
Scott is also a writer and a filmmaker and his first feature film 29 Needles was shot between 2006-2009. After years in post-production, it’s world premiere was at the Nightmares Film Festival (2019), where it was nominated for Best Midnight Feature, and Best Lead Actor, and won The Film From Hell – The Best of the Festival award. His first book, “You Are Now Leaving Torporville” was published by Vantage Press in 2004, and continues to receive praise and recognition from the arts community. Scott worked as a Casting Associate for Emmy award winning Pat Moran, CSA from 2010-2017 and during that time period she received many nominations and awards – as well as two more Emmy wins for HBO’s VEEP and HBO’s Game Change.
In 2018 Scott and his husband opened Gallery Blue Door to compliment and add to the cultural landscape of his neighborhood of Mount Vernon, Baltimore.

Time

November 23 (Saturday) 4:00 pm - December 14 (Saturday) 7:00 pm

Location

Gallery Blue Door

833 Park Avenue, Baltimore 21201

24nov - 24decnov 242:00 pmdec 24Micah Moon: Journey to the Center of AttentionClosing Reception

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Gallery 1448
presentsMicah Moon: Journey to the Center of Attention

November 2 – 24, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, November 2, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

CLOSING RECEPTION
Sunday, November 24, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Gallery 1448 | 1448 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Micah Moon exhibits works in pen & ink. The primary themes of this exhbition are mental health, gender norms, aesthetics and the mourning process.Additionally, Moon has incorporated his artwork into a book featuring his prose and illustrations. There will be a book signing event on Saturday, November 16, 6:00 p.m.

Gallery hours
Saturday, November 2, 6:00 – 9:00 pm (Opening reception)
Sunday, November 3, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday, November 16, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Book signing)
Sunday November 17, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 24. 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Closing reception)All images Micah Moon, Untitled, 2019. Pen & ink.

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November 24 (Sunday) 2:00 pm - December 24 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm

Location

Gallery 1448

1448 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore 21231

5dec - 22All DayMen on Boats

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EXPLORERS WANTED, MEN NEED NOT APPLY

This rollicking adventure tells a hilarious, true(ish) history of the Grand Canyon. We invite you along on a journey that throws the history book—and all the men inside it—out the window in this subversive retelling of the one-armed explorer John Powell and his exploration of the American West. Strap in for this uncharted, uproarious journey.

Time

december 5 (Thursday) - 22 (Sunday)

Location

Baltimore Center Stage

700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202

11decAll DayAdorned: African Women and the Art of IdentityOpening Day of Exhibition

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From December 11, 2019 — June 19, 2020

Across sub-Saharan Africa, a strict gendered division of artistic labor existed throughout much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Men worked in wood and metal, carving and casting works that glorified leaders and paid homage to deities, while women created works in clay, cloth, and beads, stitching and firing the art of everyday life. This exhibition brings together two dozen works from the BMA’s collection to demonstrate the critical role of women in shaping and maintaining social identities across 20th-century Africa.

Highlights include colorful beaded aprons and capes from Ndebele artists in South Africa, jewelry made by Turkana and Maasai women in Kenya and Tanzania, and a large indigo-dyed textile created in post-independence Nigeria. The exhibition also features a selection of gourds decorated by Sara-Nar women from Chad. These vibrant and intricate works served as visual signifiers of age, marital status, ethnic identity, economic achievement, and national identity.

Time

All Day (Wednesday)

Location

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898

11decAll DayThe Hutzler’s Experience: How a Small Dry Goods Store Became a Maryland InstitutionExhibition Opening Day

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On view December 11, 2019 – December 31, 2020

 Hutzler’s department store was a Maryland icon for more than a century. The family-run business grew to 10 stores across Maryland, including its downtown flagship store known as the “Palace.” The Maryland Historical Society is bringing Hutzler’s back to life in a new exhibition, “The Hutzler’s Experience: How a Small Dry Goods Store Became a Maryland Institution.” The exhibition recalls what was an all-day experience for customers when they visited Hutzler’s, displaying products, ephemera, employee uniforms and handbooks, drawings, video from behind-the-scenes at Hutzler’s, and items from the iconic Towson “Tea Room.” A highlight of the exhibition is a reimagined window display, like the Hutzler’s on Baltimore’s Howard Street, which will change with the seasons. “The Hutzler’s Experience” will be on view from December 11, 2019, through December 2020.

More information: http://www.mdhs.org/exhibitions/the-hutzlers-experience

 

Hours:

10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Saturday

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Sunday (museum only)

 

Location:

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

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All Day (Wednesday)

Location

Maryland Historical Society

201 West Monument Street Baltimore, MD 21201

11dec6:00 pm- 8:30 pmUnravel the Code ReceptionOpening Reception

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Ryan Hoover and Annet Couwenberg invite you to attend the final presentations of Unravel the Code. Students will present their final work showcasing their research and independent projects, drawing upon traditional crafts to explore emerging technologies of making.

Opening Reception: December 11, 2019
Greeting and Viewing: 6:00-6:30pm
Presentations: 6:30-8:30pm

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(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

The Fox Building

3100 Falls Cliff Rd, Baltimore MD 21211

11dec6:00 pm- 7:00 pmPhotography Stories: Jared Soares

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Space is limited. Please grab your free ticket from EventBrite. Limited to 20 seats.

In an effort to highlight the many different genres of photography, Full Circle has put together a schedule of speakers, once a month, to present their work and to tell the stories behind them.

Oftentimes, the process of making an image is a mysterious aspect for the viewer. In order to highlight these processes, we have invited a variety of photographers from commercial wedding photographers, fine art photographers, and many more.

Our fourth speaker is Jared Soares on Wednesday, December 11th, 6-7PM.

Jared Soares photographs community and identity.

Through portraiture and longform essays he examines how sets of people relate to each other. His fine art prints and books are held in the permanent collections of the Portland Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Sloane Art Library at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Jared’s images intimately connect readers with subjects for clients such as adidas Originals, Adobe, Airbnb, Apple, The Atlantic, The Fader, Monocle, Nike, The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME and
WIRED among others. His work has been recognized by the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition of the National Portrait Gallery.

When he is not making photographs, he can be found playing tennis, trying on new sneakers or walking his pet terrier, Holly.

Time

(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

Full Circle Gallery

33 East 21st Street, Baltimore MD 21218

11dec6:00 pm- 9:00 pmWorkshop: Capacity-building for Storytellers with Genevieve de Mahy

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Featuring Genevieve de Mahy, interdisciplinary theater artist, Single Carrot Theater, and a tutorial on intellectural property.

About this Event

Workshop: Capacity-building for Storytellers with Genevieve de Mahy

December 11, 2019 | 7:00-9:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

FREE

Featuring Genevieve de Mahy, interdisciplinary theater artist, Single Carrot Theater, and a tutorial on intellectural property in the digital age. Location TBD. Funded by the Baltimore National Heritage Area, PNC Bank, and an IMLS grant. Come early for drinks and meet other future storytellers.

Time

(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Carroll Mansion

800 East Lombard Street, Baltimore 21202

12dec3:00 pm- 6:00 pmMeet The Fellows - A Entrepreneurial Showcase from BCAN

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Connect with 2019-2020 BCAN Founder Fellows one-on-one, learn more about these unique creative companies, enjoy hands-on demos, and more!

About this Event

Connect with 2019-2020 BCAN Founder Fellows one-on-one, learn more about these unique creative companies, enjoy hands-on demos, and purchase goodies from:

Branding by Brandi

Cajou

Fruit Camp

Mera Kitchen Collective

Vent Coffee Roasters

Start the holiday season off right with this curated retail experience!

Thursday, December 12th

3p-6p

BCAN HQ

1200 W Mt Royal Ave

Baltimore, MD 21217

Time

(Thursday) 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

BCAN

1200 West Mount Royal, Baltimore 21217

12dec6:00 pm- 8:00 pmClifford Owens Performance

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Join renowned artist Clifford Owens (b. 1971, Baltimore, MD) in an interpretation of scores written for him by Charles Gaines, Shinique Smith, Joyce J. Scott, and Senga Nengudi in an evening of performance at the BMA.

Owens selected the scores, or instructions for a performance, from his Anthology project expressly for his hometown of Baltimore. During the performances, the artist will engage the audience on a procession through the museum. He will be joined by Baltimore-based artists including musician Wendel Patrick.

This event is free, but registration is required.

Time

(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898

12dec7:00 pm- 10:00 pmThe Stoop Holiday Hootenanny: An evening of stories and music.

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The Stoop Holiday Hootenanny:
An evening of stories and music.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
7:00 pm
Join us for this Stoop seasonal stomp! We’ll sing, dance, laugh, cry — and get through the holidays together!

7 p.m. Cocktails and Live Music from Ken Kolodner and Brad Kolodner and Friends
8 p.m. Stories

All tickets General Admission. Pick your seats when you arrive!

*Bringing a group of folks? Email [email protected] to request group ticket prices!

Time

(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location

The Senator Theatre

5904 York Road, Baltimore 21212

12dec7:30 pmThe Greatest Sketch Show in America

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The nonprofit Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) brings scripted comedy to Maryland audiences with The Greatest Sketch Show in America for one-night only.

Kim Scarfe produces the sketch show after previously bringing comedy competition Comedy Deathmatch 3000 to the The BIG Theater stage. Scarfe originally began performing improv comedy in Iowa.

“There’s been a lot of talk about how we put a ridiculous amount of time into creating a show…and that’s true,” Scarfe said. “it’s also true that every meeting, rehearsal, and session in the writers’ room is just as rewarding as the final performance,”

“Our experiences as improvisers at BIG, especially through the focus on game style improv, helps us to not only recognize what is funny in a situation and to follow that, but it also give us a better understanding of how to structure our sketches.”

As taught in the Baltimore Improv Group’s classes, this type of improv focuses on creating comedy with a single unusual focus or idea. Scarfe regularly teaches improv classes with BIG and performs every weekend with an improv team called GUS.

The team of creators includes six performers who all perform improv comedy regularly.

“What we have learned in our improv classes here at BIG has been a real asset to our writing.  On the flip side, our experiences as sketch writers help us to create better improv scenes out of nothing. We laugh a lot, and sometimes we cry. I love the GSSiA team, and I’d die laughing for each and every one of them.”

The Greatest Sketch Show in America is Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. at The BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St.  For updated information go to bigimprov.org/greatestsketch

Time

(Thursday) 7:30 pm

Location

The BIG Theater

1727 North Charles Street, Baltimore 21201

14dec10:00 am- 1:00 pmPapercutting Workshop w/ Rosa Leff

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Now considered a folk-art medium. papercutting is experiencing a renaissance. From intricate cityscapes to silhouettes and paper snowflakes, more artists than ever are cutting paper to reflect modern times. Renowned Baltimore-based artist, Rosa Leff, will guide students through creating their own papercut landscapes using X-Acto knives and photographs. The workshop is open to adults and youths 12 years and over. No experience is necessary. Attendance is limited to 10 spaces, which fill fast. Reserve your space now.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/papercutting-workshop-w-rosa-leff-tickets-81672355213?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

INSQUARE ART is located at 19 South Stricker St, at the corner of Hollins and Stricker St, in historic Union Square.  There is ample on-street parking. 

Gallery hours are Saturdays, 12 to 3 PM or by appointment.

For more information and appointments contact [email protected]

 

 

Time

(Saturday) 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

InSquare Art

19 South Stricker Street, Baltimore 21223

14dec10:00 am- 4:00 pmMakers Market at Greenspring Station

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Green Spring Station along with Taken, Baltimore Magazine, and WTMD-FM will once again host a one-day holiday marketplace featuring Baltimore’s most talented artists and crafters as they ‘set up shop’ around the center in this 4th Annual Holiday Makers Market!

The Makers Market will feature more than 20 LOCAL holiday vendors and artisans, along with special pop-up shop curated by Taken as well as a DIY corner for some creative holiday fun!

The Green Spring Station Holiday Makers Market is modeled after the Bryant Park holiday craft bazaar in New York City. Throughout the day, shoppers will enjoy mixing and mingling with local artisans and enjoy unique one-of-a kind holiday gift ideas.

Time

(Saturday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

Greenspring Station

Falls and Joppa Roads, Baltimore MD

14dec12:00 pm- 4:00 pmKwanzaa Celebration

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Join us as we welcome Kwanzaa expert Culture Queen! Learn the seven principles of Kwanzaa through interactive music, movement, storytelling and Black History themed games. This program is appropriate for all ages and will inspire you to incorporate Kwanzaa into your own traditions. Doors open at noon. Activities begin at 1:00 pm.

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Banneker-Douglass Museum

84 Franklin Street, Annapolis MD 21401

14dec6:00 pm- 8:00 pmEdna Emmet: Facing the Dark Light in FlightReception

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On view: DEC 14 –  JAN 4

Reception: TUE DEC 14 | 6-8PM

This show expresses the visible and the hidden. While living in a small fishing village on the north most coast of Iceland, Edna Emmet’s work immerses the viewer in the dark, rugged, volcanic landscape. During these darkest months of the year, the first paintings in the series rely on volcanic sand to express the longing for the Northern lights and color of the months to come by hiding an image within. The last in the series depict the freedom of the seagulls as they soared about the cold, gray bay. Come and explore the beauty that Emmit uncovered in Iceland’s darkness.

Time

(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

The Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224

14dec6:00 pm- 1:27 amUNDER $500Opening Reception

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UNDER $500

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 14, 2018 | 6:00 PM

On View: Saturday, December 14 –  Wednesday, December 18, 2018

Maryland Art Place invites you to join us at our seventh annual UNDER $500 affordable art sale this December! On Saturday, December 14 at 6 o’clock join us for a first-come, first-served opportunity to purchase affordable and original works of art. The event will feature the work of Baltimore and surrounding area artists at a price point of $500 or less. Purchase work at any point throughout the evening and take home that night!

Guests can expect to mingle with other artists, collectors, patrons, and general art enthusiasts at the event.

Featured artists to be announced

Time

(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 1:27 am

Location

Maryland Art Place

218 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore MD 21201

14dec6:00 pm- 8:00 pmWe Are OneExhibition Opening

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WE ARE ONE EXHIBITION OPENING | Saturday December 14 6-8PM | Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD 21224)

Join us on Saturday December 14th, 2019 for the opening reception of We Are One – an exhibition featuring the figurative work of Jerry Prettyman, Ernest Shaw, Latoya M Hobbs, Monica Ikegwu, Mark Fleuridor. This exhibition serves as a cross-generational conversation among Black artists working in Baltimore, exploring the complexity of these artists, their interests, passions, and what is currently driving the subject matters of their current practices.

Time

(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

The Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224

15dec2:00 pm- 3:00 pmGallery Experience: Art and the US Embassy in Niger

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Join Curator’s Office artist, Tim Doud, and Art in Embassies curator, Sarah Tanguy, for a discussion on the role of art in cultural diplomacy through the lens of a new project commissioned for the US Embassy in Niamey, Niger.

Art in Embassies, an office of the US Department of State, integrates artists and artworks with US diplomatic missions across the world to foster cross-cultural dialogue and the exchange of ideas, values, and traditions. Doud, a DC-based artist and art professor with American University, has created an entirely new series of paintings developed from extensive research on textiles and patterns that can be found in Niger. You are invited to join the artist and curator: explore the years-long process of generating a body of work for a specific cultural site,  as well as the challenges and rewards in assembling visual arts collections to promote public diplomacy and cross-cultural understanding. Seating in the Lerner Room is first-come, first-served.

Following the program, guests are invited to visit STABLE Artist Studios (336 Randolph Place NE, Studio #104, Washington, DC, 20002) until 6 pm for a studio visit with Doud to view the paintings before they begin their journey to Niger.

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Tim Doud, Niger Commission (detail), 2019, acrylic, oil, enamel on panel, dimensions variable

Courtesy of Curator’s Office, Washington, DC

http://www.curatorsoffice.com/

Instagram: @tim.doud

website: https://www.timdoud.net/

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location

Hirshhorn Museum

Independence Avenue and 7th Streets, Washington DC

16dec7:00 pmThe Long Christmas Dinner

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JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL BENEFIT READING AND CONVERSATION

Drink in the holiday spirit as we bring Baltimore personalities together for a special reading and conversation around one of Thornton Wilder’s most rarely produced and widely revered classics. As the Bayard family experiences one hundred years of Christmas dinners, their familial  triumphs, heartbreaks, births, deaths, and an ever changing world reveal a beautiful truth—that some things, like family and tradition, remain forever constant.

December 16 at 7pm
Tix price range: $25-$100
VIP Tickets include champagne and dessert reception with the performers.

 

The event will last aproximately 90 mimutes.

Time

(Monday) 7:00 pm

Location

Baltimore Center Stage

700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202

17dec6:00 pm- 8:00 pmBlack Artists & Baltimore: a conversation w/ Myrtis Bedolla

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The Founding Director of Galerie Myrtis will speak about her experience in Baltimore and the importance of having Black artists visible in Baltimore. There will be a conversation with Visual Arts Curator, Thomas James, and a Q&A session with the audience.

FREE (RSVP suggested):
https://www.creativealliance.org/events/2019/black-artists-baltimore-conversation-w-myrtis-bedolla

Time

(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

The Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224

17dec6:00 pm- 10:00 pmFuture Histories

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Join Nikole Hannah-Jones, award-winning investigative reporter and creator of The 1619 Project for The New York Times, activist/art collector Pamela J. Joyner, and Baltimore-based artist Zoë Charlton for a conversation about how a more complete accounting of history makes different futures possible. The evening includes:

Free tickets available at the door. Overflow viewing via live stream will be available throughout the Museum. Seating in the auditorium and overflow viewing areas is limited.

Time

(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898

18dec12:00 pm- 12:30 pmWomen Artists of the Dutch Golden AgeGallery Talk

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Express lunchtime talks—30 minutes or fewer—are offered most Wednesdays. Facilitated by museum staff members, these conversation-driven thematic talks highlight three to six works on view.

This week, NMWA Associate Curator Virginia Treanor discusses a sampling of works in Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age is a focus exhibition that examines the lives and works of several highly successful artists in the Netherlands during the 17th and early 18th centuries.

Time

(Wednesday) 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Location

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Avenue, NW Washington DC 20005

18dec6:00 pm- 8:00 pmCat Gunn: Super Bloom

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Cat Gunn

On View: November 19, 2019 – January 10, 2020

Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 | 6pm – 8pm

Hotel Indigo | 24 West Franklin Street | Free & Open to the Public

Maryland Art Place (MAP) in partnership with Hotel Indigo, are pleased to present its last exhibition of the year at Hotel Indigo by introducing new works by Baltimore based emerging artist, Cat Gunn! As an abstract painter, Cat is known for re-interpreting the boundaries of the traditional canvas. Gunn’s paintings will be hung in Hotel Indigo’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats. The reception will be held on Wednesday, December 18th from 6 to 8pm.

Artist Statement
“My work pushes notions of androgyny and queer, combining both masculine and feminine qualities to establish something that is gender-neutral, gender fluid, transgender, or gender queer. My practice serves as rigorous experimentation that employs a scientific approach; I often juggle multiple paintings and add layers
simultaneously to each current work, marginally altering a property to study the outcome. I also employ craft materials, primarily glitter, in order to recall femme, makeup, club, or drag cultures. Assorted recipes bring about diverse results, allowing my work to be a survey of potentially queer objects.

Being a painter who is strongly concerned with materiality, I allow the physicality of my work to arise from the alchemy of the paint. I often use various mediums and processes to create paint from scratch, break it down, change opacity and viscosity, adjust chromatic properties, or alter surface qualities as I feel needed. Various types of paint mixtures are layered over time, only to be smeared, scraped, and sanded, charging the
work with a visceral energy that refers back to the physicality of process and the body. The process of covering and erasing these layers I have built up creates a back-and- forth of additive and subtractive, an accumulation and a diminishing. My current paintings revolve around the notion of creating space, particularly through abstraction from a queer perspective with a playful awkwardness. These self-contained worlds are made up of repeating stripes, gradated forms, twisted squiggles, and organic shapes. Skewed geometry with hard edges flirt with expressive grounds and fields of color, creating an ambiguous space that is dizzying, strange, and dynamic. The quirky geometry and irregularity of patterns allow for vulnerable and imperfect moments, and are equally about sameness as they are about difference. The work, both as physical objects and as windows into an illusionistic world, suggests a transfer between states— erratic and ever-evolving.”

Cat Gunn is an artist living and working in Baltimore who identifies as non-binary transgender and queer. They create abstract paintings with layers of oil paints and mediums built up over time, using a variety of techniques to manipulate the alchemy of the paint. Gunn has recently exhibited work at Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore, MD, Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, MD, Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, 40 West Arts Gallery in Lakewood, CO, and Ashton Gallery in San Diego, CA among others.

Gunn received a BFA in Painting from Towson University.

Time

(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Hotel Indigo

24 West Franklin Street, Baltimore MD 21201

21dec7:00 pm- 10:00 pmWinter Design Soiree

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Join local creatives spanning numerous disciplines, discussing design projects and process, shared in a fun, low-key environment for discussion and feedback.

Always festive and informative, since 2007, Baltimore Design Soirees have been held in interesting area venues four times a year–as a convention, on the equinoxes and solstices.

The Creative Alliance is our host on Saturday evening, December 21. Entry is free, but your spot must be reserved here thru Eventbrite if you are planning to attend. Those attending should bring lite festive fare or libation to share, as well as a love and curiosity for all things design.

If you are interested in presenting a current project at this, or an upcoming, soiree please send a note ASAP to [email protected]

Time

(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location

The Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224

31dec8:00 pmBROS Presents: Death Records New Years Eve

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The Baltimore Rock Opera Society is once again taking over The Ottobar for Baltimore’s best New Year’s Eve party!

The past decade has been really great for BROS, and as a way of wrapping it up and officially launching into our tenth year of operation we’re going to celebrate the film that was the inspiration for it all: Brian de Palma and Paul Williams cult masterpiece The Phantom of the Paradise!

Join us as we turn Ottobar into Studio 69 for a 6D presentation of the film on the main stage with a collection of BROS musicians and singers performing the entire soundtrack live! We’ll be decked out in full, movie-accurate costumes, have live video mixing, and at midnight we’ll drop a lightning bolt across the room and fry up some Beef!

We’ll also have performances from Thee Lexington Arrows and Bedlam Brass, as well as Rock n’ Roll Tribute Karaoke. Sign up below to sing classic rock tunes for the chance to win some PRIZES!

baltimorerockopera.org/nyekaraoke

Time

(Tuesday) 8:00 pm

Location

The Ottobar

2549 North Howard Street, Baltimore Maryland 21218