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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Sun Art Critic | June 16, 1995
"Fresh Out" at Maryland Art Place isn't a particularly dynamic idea for a show, but the project is redeemed by some good art. The six artists represented all recently graduated from college and can use, in the words of the show's press release, "professional recognition and incentive."Not much of a theme there. But curator Charlotte Cohen, who used to work at MAP and is now a team project leader at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Serv ice, has found six promising artists, resulting in an invigorating show.
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By M. Lee | April 25, 1995
"I was not angry before." I heard someone say that line in a movie and it's all I can think of I saw the picture again this morning the headline reads: "Her name was Baylee Almon." She had just turned 1 year old what did she do wrong? Who did she hurt, that they would want to hurt her? I mourn strangers in another state they seem closer to me for their suffering Yesterday I was sad but now it's as though I was untouched I saw the picture again this morning and it's all I can think of I was not angry before.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Sun Art Critic | February 21, 1995
Robert Courtwright's best collages, at Grimaldis, have nuanced surfaces with subtle modulations of a single color that evoke a sense of serenity. They can also be "read" for meaning in a couple of ways. But at times there's not a lot of staying power to them; some grow in the mind, others just stop.Courtwright cuts rectangular pieces of paper from other sources -- magazines, journals -- and paints them. He arranges them in rectangular grids on a backing -- say, six across and five down.Because these pieces had been printed with words and images, which the paint has not completely covered, one can see things bleeding through the red or the blue of the surface paint.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | September 27, 1994
Beautiful, complex and lengthy were the dances in Chen & Dancers' program when the New York-based troupe performed Saturday night at Towson University.The five-work performance at Stephens Hall Theatre was the highlight of the university's Asian Art Center exhibition "West Meets East." Choreographer H. T. Chen creates dances finely drawn from the Asian experience (both theatrically and from real life), and his dances are a magical alchemy of Asian and Western sensibilities.The opening dance, "Double Happiness, One Hundred Sorrows," set to music by Bradley Kaus, explored the friction between the traditional arranged marriage and the modern concept of marrying for love.
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | September 16, 1994
If you've ever wondered what makes Twyla Tharp dance, or how she concocts dances, her latest endeavor -- "New Works," now at the Kennedy Center -- will give you a closeup view of the choreographer's personality and methods.Ms. Tharp has changed how dancers dance, but also dance's basic ingredients. It was a real treat to watch her and a select group of dancers work through their dances in an informal setting.For two months, seven dancers and Ms. Tharp have taken up residency in Washington, to create the "New Works."
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Sun Art Critic | July 15, 1994
In terms of art, this 13th edition of Artscape is the best I've ever seen. And I've seen most of them. Its four principal shows have been well- conceived, curated and executed. And, almost all the art in them is good work.Most past Artscapes, even when good, have contained some work that's frivolous, pretentious, slap-- or something worse. While this year's version is not completely devoid of such work, examples are a real rarity.If anything, this year's version may be a little too serious.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Sun Art Critic | June 7, 1994
In a book on the works of Bruno Romeda, the Italian sculptor featured in this month's show at C. Grimaldis Gallery, essayist Alan Jones suggests that Romeda wants his work to be seen not in a gallery setting but outdoors. There, his open bronze triangles and squares and circles can interact with the landscape or the cityscape."The desire to plant his works squarely in the world itself, and to expose them to the forces of the elements, to measure up to or become part of, lies at the heart of Romeda's ambition," writes Jones.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Sun Art Critic | March 31, 1994
In an age in which the information revolution bombards us with more than we can take in, and traditional values are increasingly challenged, it's harder to know who we are and where we stand in relation to the rest of the world.William Larson, head of the graduate department of photography at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, is a conceptual artist who in his latest series of works, called "Theatre du Monde" (at Maryland Art Place), explores the increasing complexity of perception using the media of photography and words.
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By John Dorsey | December 26, 1993
Photographic portraitson exhibit at MetropolThis untitled photograph by Paul Roth, one of a series of photographs of street people, is from the exhibit "Portraits" at Metropol. The group show of 11 photographers from Baltimore, Washington and West Virginia includes Kathy Leaycraft, whose surrealistic images center on the female figure; Paula Tsukamoto Endo, who has been practicing photography for more than 40 years and has recorded the people and landscape of Arlington, Va., with fellow photographer Lloyd Wolf, also represented in the show; Paul Roth, who has photographed street people in Washington; and Barbara Traub, whose urban scenes, according to the artist, possess a degree of abstraction.
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