August 20, 2006
When business is brisk, Hai-ou Hou, owner of Gallery International on North Charles Street, usually can be found chatting with visitors in the front rooms of her white-cube gallery or talking long-distance with her far-flung network of artists. But when things slow a bit, as they often do in August, Hai-ou (pronounced "HI-oh"; she doesn't use her Chinese surname) is likely to retreat into the cluttered space behind her gallery, where stocks of paints, canvas and easels await. "Then, I paint," she says.
January 30, 2005
The exhibition that opens today at the National Gallery of Art in Washington can be summed up in two words: Seventeen Rembrandts. That's 17 paintings by one of the greatest Dutch Masters of all time, plus half again as many of the artist's famous prints, based on episodes from the New Testament. The show's title, Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits, at first seems ridiculously unassuming. It's true that the actual number of pictures on display is so modest that the curator, the NGA's Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., can truthfully describe the show as "a small focus exhibition."
November 13, 2003
Etchings and engravings were big in northern Europe during the 17th century. Mass literacy ignited during the Protestant Reformation created an unprecedented demand for books, and engravings became the rage for artists eager to place their paintings, sculptures and drawings before the public. The opportunity for money and fame had never been greater. As Rembrandt: The Consummate Etcher and Other 17th Century Printmakers, an exhibit on display at the Mitchell Gallery in Annapolis through Feb. 20 makes clear, even the greatest Dutch master of them all was inspired by this medium.
June 4, 2000
Backing out from the Inner Harbor amid paddleboats and water taxis, the 49-passenger American Eagle looks more like a yacht than a cruise ship. But this summer in Baltimore, cruise ships will come in all shapes and sizes. The new American Eagle, built on the Eastern Shore in Salisbury, is making one of the 21 cruises scheduled out of Baltimore this year. And other ships leaving from Philadelphia and New York will make it easy for area residents to cruise to Canada, Bermuda, the Bahamas and other destinations without the hassle of flying to their port of departure.
December 26, 1999
"Rembrandt's Eyes," by Simon Schama. Alfred A. Knopf. 640 pages. $50.The problem with Rembrandt has always been that precious little is known for sure about the artist's life. This has left scholarly biographers with a dilemma: Either paint the life in broad strokes while concentrating mainly on the work (not so easy, actually, since the authenticity of so many Rembrandts remains in dispute), or indulge in massive, albeit informed, speculation about the life and risk blurring the line between history and historical fiction.
June 9, 1999
"Sliders," the sci-fi series that refuses to die, returns for a fifth season at 9 p.m. Friday on Cable's Sci-Fi channel, with a new twist on the old "How do you explain away the disappearance of former cast members?" dilemma.Within the show's first segment, two of our inter-dimensional time travelers, Quinn and Colin, are apparently blasted into a couple of thousand light shards while moving from one dimension to the next. What emerges is a whole new character who says his name is Mallory and who's apparently got Quinn inside of him somewhere.