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Winter Exhibitions

Five new exhibitions open late January: in the Alper Initiative for Washington Art, black and white photographs by Joe Cameron, Touching Air; sculptural grids by Mike Shaffer, a collection of paintings and drawings by Julie Wolfe, a retrospective of work by Howard Mehring, and New Ruins in collaboration with the American University Studio Art faculty.


Joe Cameron: Touching Air
Alper Initiative for Washington Art
January 28–March 12, 2017

To talk about Joe Cameron's art is to talk about several arts. Few photographers have ever been more interested in drawing and design, or more steeped in imagery whose analogues are poetic, musical and phenomenological. Despite the continuity and traditionalism of his professional life as a long-time Washington, DC resident and teacher at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Cameron has ultimately found himself in a milieu whose boundaries were perhaps more than ordinarily porous in relation to "purity" of any medium. He has found a way to use the camera in service to a visual quest that balances the subjective and the objective in a singular balancing act.


Mike Shaffer: Towers & Monuments
January 28–March 12, 2017

Towers & Monuments presents sculptures and paintings that incorporate the artist's career-long fascination with grid-patterning and perpendicular stacking techniques, selected from a body of work created by the artist beginning in the early 1970s to the present. This exhibition highlights Shaffer's inventive combination of styles of Minimalism, Pop and Conceptual art and rooted in an empirical scientific method. Curated by Bobby Donovan.


Julie Wolfe: Quest for a Third Paradise
January 28–March 12, 2017

What if we could better understand our own human social systems—the means by which we communicate with each other, the patterns that govern our interdependence, and the minutiae that form those larger structures? And what if we could appreciate the infinitely more complex systems that thrive in our natural world? Perhaps we, as humans, could then see how we fit into a larger universal system housed by nature: an ecological world in which our relationship to nature is not adversarial, but one of peaceful coexistence. This is the vision of Julie Wolfe's Quest for a Third Paradise. This exhibition is curated by Claire D'Alba.


New Ruins
January 28–March 12, 2017

Curated by Danielle Mysliwiec and Natalie Campbell
New Ruins explores the tactile, perceptual, and temporal dimensions of surface and form among a resonant grouping of abstract works. Physical processes such as rubbing, layering, building, wearing away and, on occasion, obliterating, combine to offer an alternative to the traditional painter's mark, altering perception of time and presence. Materials such as bronze, marble, plaster, stone, metal, clay and wood are used to expand the language of painting and its traditional viewing modes. New Ruins feature works by N. Dash, Jessica Dickinson, Donald Moffett, Sam Moyer, Nathlie Provosty, and Brie Ruais. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the AU Studio Art Department.


Mehring: Wellspring
January 28–March 12, 2017

The Early Color Field Paintings of Howard Mehring presents a survey sample of the early Color Field paintings of Howard Mehring (1931-1978). Building on the late 1950s breakthrough stain paintings of Morris Louis and Ken Noland, Mehring was prominent amongst the artists of the loosely-defined Washington Color School. These initial Color Field pictures were made of continuous area of dappled zones of subtle colors; in the mid-1960, he changed his abstract style to one of geometric patterns using bolder colors, and by the end of the decade, Mehring had quit painting, and died prematurely in 1978 at age 47. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with a guest essay by art historian E. A. Carmean, Jr.


Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike, Paris 1967-71
organized by the Washington Winter Show
January 13-February 12, 2017

Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike, Paris 1967-71 explores the profound friendship between California artist Marion Pike and legendary designer Coco Chanel. This exhibition features five portraits of Chanel, painted Pike, following a meeting between the two women at Chanel's Paris atelier in 1967. The meeting sparked an immediate friendship between the women captured in the series of at least 13 expressive, color-saturated portraits of the fashion icon. In addition to the large-scale portraits, the exhibit features haute­ couture pieces styled by Coco Chanel for Marion and her daughter, Jeffie Pike Durham, who generously loaned all of the pieces for the collection. Curated by Amy de la Haye, London College of Fashion, this exhibit marks the first time this collection will be displayed in North America.

Visit the Katzen Arts Center for the Washington Winter Show
January 13-15, 2017

The Katzen Arts Center is transformed for the 63rd Washington Winter Show, the second oldest charity antiques show in the country. This year's show, The Art of Style, celebrates the timeless elegance and sophistication of good design, whether it's the classic Chanel suit, the graceful carving of a Chippendale chair or the complex beauty of a Monet canvas. More information at:


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Joe Cameron, untitled
Joe Cameron. Untitled. 2016


Julia Wolfe, Detail Cultural Values
Julia Wolfe. Cultural Values (Detail). 2016


Mike Shaffer, Old Town Tower Ten
Mike Shaffer, Old Town Tower Ten. 1980