Monday, January 28, 2008

Sneak Peek: Arlington Arts Center's New Show

The "Collectors Select" show runs January 29 to March 29 with a reception Friday Feb. 1.

Jeffry Cudlin, the director of exhibitions at the Arlington Arts Center, let me in for a sneak peek of the "Collectors Select" show opening tomorrow. I snapped a few photos with my cell phone, which of course do not do the works justice, but they give you a sense of what's happening there.

"The Arlington Arts Center has collaborated with notable area collectors to create six distinctive exhibitions, each exploring a different theme or aspect of contemporary art practice," their web site says.

You cannot see the marble blocks tied into the string ("wire" the web site says), but look to the shadows and see the large buldges. The lines spill onto the floor in a limp heap. Art by Barbara Liotta, curated by Heather and Tony Podesta.

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Mr. Cudlin said this piece, by exiled Argentinian Leon Ferrari, is processed similarly to architectural blueprints. The heliographs "reflect on the political oppression of the Argentinean military dictatorship in the 1980s," the web site says. Ferrari's pieces are curated by Daniel Levinas.

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Graffiti art adorns the walls of Tiffany Gallery, where floor-to-ceiling Tiffany glass windows hang. I could not get closer for the photo since the carpets in the room had just been shampooed. Still, the work, painted onto canvassed walls, is impressive. The sun was shining through the lead glass rather strongly when we stood there, and the opulence of color grabbed me. Artist Tim Conlon, curated by Philippa Hughes.

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