Friday, August 22, 2008

Fall Visual Art Preview

Museums and galleries, which generally showcase traveling exhibitions for a few months, frequently change the type of art they exhibit — paintings replace photography and retrospectives by well-known artists are often followed by more innovative shows. With a summer art scene that focused on painting (“Diebenkorn in New Mexico” at the Phillips Collection) and cinema (“The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden), the fall is all about photography, with a range of subjects and artists coming to local walls. Also on tap — A trip to Pompeii, Native American “kings” and Chinese landscape painting. The Corcoran Gallery of Art opens “Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power,” a special exhibition designed to coincide with the presidential election, on Sept. 13. Avedon, a noted American portrait and fashion photographer, snapped pictures of numerous political leaders and other powerful figures during a more than five decade career.

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Anna Gaskell’s ‘untitled #6 (wonder)’ is on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts as part of ‘Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography,’ opening in October. (Photo courtesy the museum)

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