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I Dare You Not to Like It: Critics Picks at MD Ar [...]

Check it out for yourself. Baltimore is almost on the artistic radar, once again missing the action by thirty miles of choked commuter traffic. What do we have to do to get noticed around here? Give away twenty-five thousand dollars to an artist? Oh well. Maybe next time. At least a couple of prominent Baltimore artists were mentioned.

Jason Hughes: Fortress, 2006. Gouache on Paper. Courtesy Curator’s Office.

Described as a “younger DC artist,” Jason Hughes, “who shows at Curator’s Office, creates neo-Duchampian propositions in graphics and three-dimensional objects.” Hughes does us Baltimore folks proud, but — a DC artist? He exhibits in DC, but is firmly rooted here in Bmore.

One line that I did love was “Michael O’Sullivan, the only D.C.-area art critic to be taken seriously by local artists…” They got something right.

At worst, this article is a sort of sadly inaccurate ‘i heard that ferris- bueller’s- sister’s- boyfriend’s- cousin- said…’ kind of a synopsis, and at best, the writer was working against the clock and only had time to interview about three people for an article about something too huge to fit into three pages.

I think the writer, J.W. Mahoney, felt a little bit bad about this, so, in the end, listed about thirty names of “other artists who might just as easily have been included in this article.” Oh well. We arts writers do the best we can.

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