Bmoreart’s Picks: Baltimore Art Openings and Events September 11 – 15

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First of all, a great big congratulations for Gary Kachadourian, just awarded The Trawick Prize last week! We have an image or two of his winning installation below… As far as events go, this week includes more events than you could ever get to, but we can always try.

On Wednesday, the Ann Hamilton show opens at Goya Contemporary, featuring series and editions by the artist. Also on Wednesday, Wham City’s Lecture Series at the Yellow Sign Theater (formerly the Zodiac) continues. You can finish out your Wednesday night at The Windup Space, with drawings and paintings by Matt Bovie and David Fair. On Thursday, MICA’s Then and Now show debuts at Ethan Cohen in Chelsea. Also, Dick Turpin, recent paintings by David Brewster opens at C. Grimaldis Gallery. Additional Thursday night openings include The Adele H. Stamp Student Union Contemporary Art Collection – Acquisitions 2013 at The Stamp Gallery in College Park and Take A Look: Mine Ours Yours at Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University. On Friday, head south to Tension & Flow: Sculpture in Flux at the Howard County Center for the Arts. The exhibit features Benjamin Entner, Susan Morrison, and Stewart Watson. Then, on Saturday check out Knowing, a large group exhibit at Area 405 featuring a number of Baltimore’s best and brightest and Tender Mercies, a three person show at The Gateway Art Center featuring Jan Razauskas, Ding Ren, and Gerald Ross and guest curated by  Jack Livingston. As always, more information is below.


Ann Hamilton: Near / Away, Series and Editions at Goya Contemporary

Reception Wednesday, September 11 from 6-8 pm



Wham City Lecture Series: Kevin Sherry: World War I, Mason Ross: John Brown
Wednesday September 11 at 7pm

We are proud to have the Lecture Series return on this historic day. When we think of 9/11 we think of War and Terrorism, and so the Series brings you Kevin Sherry, who has painstakenly told us the story of the war with a paint brush, and Mason Ross will talk to us about a contorversila historical American terrorist, or not terrorist. Only you may decide!




Wednesday, September 11th at the Windup Space, 6-9 pm.

Black and white drawings by David Fair and collages by Matt Bovie.

Bigfoot, Medusa, public service announcements… everything you could ask for from a wall. Pingpong and drink specials until 8 pm. Work will be up for a month.

More info here.



MICA: Then/ Now

Thursday, September 12, 6-9pm

Ethan Cohen New York
251 W. 19th St.
New York, NY 10011

MICA: THEN/NOW showcases what generations of artists created back “then” and what new generations are creating “now” after over one hundred and fifty years of artistic pursuit. Viewers will see how the unique visions of individual artists have developed over a wide span of years, since many of the participating artists will be represented by work created early in their career, as well as by their current images or objects. The artists in this show all graduated at least 10 years ago from the undergraduate program of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), one of the nation’s oldest and top art schools.

Barry Nemett, Chair of the Painting Department at MICA since 1992, has curated MICA: THEN/ NOW for two simultaneous exhibitions at Ethan Cohen New York in Chelsea, New York City and at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts/ Kunsthalle Beacon (KuBe, www. KuBeNY. org), in Beacon, New York. The exhibitions are comprised of the work of 65 alumni – some deceased – who have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally. These artists include classical sculptors such as Joseph Maxwell Miller (late 1800s), early 20th-century illustrators like Aaron Sopher, and mid-20th century painters, including Morris Louis and Herman Maril. Well-known contemporary MICA alumni, such as Donald Baechler, David Humphrey, Jeff Koons, Joyce J. Scott, and Shinique Smith, are also included. The participating artists come from diverse parts of the world, including China, Iran, Israel, Japan, Korea, Libya, Pakistan, Russia, and the United States, from Hawaii to New York. Many are trailblazers in their respective artistic areas. From their work displayed throughout the world and/or as college art educators, all have profoundly inspired younger artists. With examples of print, drawing, sculpture, film, photography, printmaking, illustration, graphic design, video, conceptual art, performance, and installation, MICA: THEN/NOW – in two distinctive locations -represents the vital and far-ranging artistic approaches that MICA has always supported in integrating traditions and the avant-garde.

The Chelsea gallery exhibition addresses innovative two-dimensional works, containing broad representational and observational approaches. A drawing by Morris Louis is a distinctive, unusual example of his more well known work; Jeff Koons’ print is an early and rare example connecting to his present art practice; and the painterly work of Donald Baechler features a single, iconic, multi-layered yellow flower.

In the second venue – at the KuBe, a former high school converted into an arts center located three minutes away from Dia: Beacon – the presentation feature large scale installations and accommodates many more works. There are three 30-foot sculptures by Frank Hyder – located outside the front entrance, in the former gymnasium, and on the roof. Two site-specific sculptures by Jason Peters wind through a 100-year old beech tree at the main entrance and highlight the rooftop glass greenhouse.

The two contrasting exhibition venues – Ethan Cohen’s New York gallery and the sprawling Kunsthalle Beacon – have made this ambitious undertaking possible, a bit of here and there to go along with then and now.

This exhibition is dedicated to the legacy of Fred Lazarus IV, President of Maryland Institute College of Art from 1978 through 2014.

Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and Barry Nemett extend a special thanks to MICA for its generous support of this exhibition.




Dick Turpin: The Spurious Highwayman, recent paintings by David Brewster at C. Grimaldis Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 6-8 pm

On View: September 12 – October 26, 2013

C. Grimaldis Gallery presents a solo exhibition of recent paintings by David Brewster,
Dick Turpin: The Spurious Highwayman, featuring a series of paintings detailing the exploits and downfall of 18th century English highwayman Richard “Dick” Turpin. This is Brewster’s eighth solo exhibition with C. Grimaldis Gallery, and will be on view September 12 through October 26, with an opening reception Thursday, September 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In addition to the Dick Turpin series, the exhibition includes several of Brewster’s signature abstract landscapes. Artist and writer Stuart Shils observes, “[Brewster] sits within a tradition the French call premier coup, meaning ‘all at once,’ an attitude toward work in which the graphic urgency of improvisation response underscores all decisions and informs the energy of the mark making.”1 Whether through narrative paintings, landscapes, or still lives, this energetic approach to painting and color make Brewster’s work easily distinguishable on first sight.

Born in Baltimore in 1960, David Brewster earned his MFA in Philadelphia in 1988, and has since been invited to paint, teach, study, and exhibit throughout New England, the mid-Atlantic, in the high desert of Eastern California, as well as France, and Ireland. Brewster’s work has been the subject of over 25 solo gallery exhibitions, and in 2015, the Maryland Historical Society will hold the first retrospective of David Brewster’s work in Baltimore, Maryland. His work resides in private and museum collections including the Berman Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Orton Foundation, Princeton University Art Museum, the Pennsylvania State Museum, the Wharton School of Business, and the W.P. Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University. He has received numerous awards including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Taconic Berkshire Foundation, as well as fellowships at the Ballingen Arts and Klots foundations. He is represented by Walter Wickiser Gallery (New York, NY), Gross McCleaf Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), and C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, MD.

The C. Grimaldis Gallery has continuously operated in Baltimore since 1977. It has established itself as Baltimore’s oldest contemporary art gallery, and an important venue in the region. The gallery specializes in post-WWII American and European Art with an emphasis on contemporary sculpture.



The Stamp Gallery is proud to present the Adele H. Stamp Student Union Contemporary Art Collection – Acquisitions 2013



Last year, six students participated in the Contemporary Art Purchase Program. The objective of this program is to put the process of collecting art for our public collection into the hands of our students. The student committee goes through a year long process, including: taking a class on art markets and public art collection; researching galleries and artists; visiting galleries and artist studios; managing a purchase budget and finally presenting their selections to an Advisory Board made up of arts professionals.

The committee made some impressive choices this year and we hope you will join us in celebrating their achievement! After the exhibition closes, the artwork will be displayed throughout the hallways of the Stamp Student Union.

Featured in this acquisition include works by artists: Alice Attie, Selin Balci, Jeremy Dean, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman, Jiha Moon and Hunter Reynolds.

2012-2013 Student Committee Members include: Sarah Buchanan, Jennifer Clifford, Nathalia Gabriel, Hannah Kelly, Alex McCormick, and Zulekha Sayyed.



Take A Look: Mine Ours Yours at Julio Fine Arts Gallery, Loyola University

September 9 – October 17, 2013

Artist Talk & Reception Thursday, September 12 from 5-7

Artists: Gregory Bannister, Bradley Jacobs, Tony Labate, Bess Lumsden, Louis Middleton, Kareem Samuels, Margie Smellor, Hal Stebbing




Artist Reception Friday, September 20 from 6–8 pm
exhibition runs 6 September- 19 October 2013

ELLICOTT CITY, MD — The Howard County Arts Council announces Tension & Flow: Sculpture in Flux, in Gallery I, featuring work by Benjamin Entner, Susan Morrison, and Stewart Watson, three artists whose innovative use of space and materials sends three-dimensional art in fascinating new directions. Entner creates larger-than-life, inflated, sculptural “Still Lifes”; Morrison balances hard and soft with her steel and fabric abstractions; and Watson evokes thoughts of familial relationships through her family’s antique furniture, upholstery and drawings in a site specific installation.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10AM-8PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM, and Sunday 12-4PM. To
learn more about HCAC programs and exhibits, call 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit

8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043.



TENDER MERCIES: Jan Razauskas, Ding Ren, and Gerald Ross
Guest curator Jack Livingston

September 14 – October 26, 2013
Artist Reception Saturday September 14 from 5:30-8PM
Free to the public, refreshments will be served

39th Street Gallery, Gateway Art Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave.
Brentwood, MD 20722 (Second Floor)

We live in a society that is dominated by digital based technological advances resulting in constant bombastic hyper-entertainment and mitigated human engagement. This digital-mania, while it can be exhilarating and even profound on its own terms, also holds the potential to addict, dehumanize, and desensitize. This can sever the individual from experiencing the fleeting deep meaningful “tender mercies” of everyday life—those unplanned moments of pure natural connection, especially of the interpersonal kind, those moments of the sublime.

I value artists who seek the sublime, those who take an individual route and produce intimate work that is based in humanistic values—artists who desire the kind of interaction with their work that will move an audience in small yet pure and meaningful ways. While the sublime (like love) may be hard to define, we know it when we see and/or hear it—when we feel it.

The work of Jan Razauskas, Gerald Ross, and Ding Ren may look quite different yet they share some common themes— a personal integrity to their work, a understanding of the intimate, a personal notion of the abstract, and their ability to delve into the sublime. I have admired all of these artists for a number of years and am pleased to bring their work together in one gallery for this exhibition.
– Jack Livingston

* Image by Gerald Ross



Knowing: An Artist Reception on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 7pm.
AREA 405, 405 East Oliver Street, Baltimore MD 21202

Comprising a broad cross-section of Baltimore talent and employing a variety of media, nineteen artists explore themes of creation, parenthood, childhood, sexuality, nakedness, knowledge, separation, disobedience, deceit and displacement in relation to the story of Creation as in the Book of Genesis.

The participating artists are: Alzaruba * Annie Farrar * Becky Bauer * D.S. Bakker * David Fair * DeAndre Britton * Elizabeth Downing * Isabel Gonzalez * Jenna Boyles * Kini Collins * Lania D’Agostino * Laure Drogoul * Laurie Stepp * Mary Skeen * Michael Willis * Nicole Fall * Oletha Devane * Ruth Pettus * Sam Christian Holmes.

The reception will feature live music by Lurch and Holler (Liz Downing and Michael Willis) and performances by artists Isabel Gonzalez and Jenna Boyles.

Knowing is curated by Maniane E. Chettle, and engineered by David Crandall.


Congrats, Gary Kachadourian for winning the 2013 Trawick Prize!

Bmoreart hopes you never have to get a desk job ever again!


Gary Kachadourian and his award-winning installation below


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Best in Show ($10,000) – Gary Kachadourian
Second Place ($2,000) – Adam Hager
Third Place ($1,000) – Mariah Anne Johnson

2013 Finalists
Lauren Adams – Baltimore, MD
Selin Balci – Annapolis, MD
Travis Childers – Fairfax, VA
Adam Hager – Washington, D.C.
Mariah Anne Johnson – Washington, D.C.
Gary Kachadourian – Baltimore, MD
Kate Kretz – Colesville, MD
Caitlin Teal Price – Washington, D.C.

More info on the Trawick Prize here.


Bmorearts Picks: Openings and Events is put together every week by Cara Ober, Editor of Bmoreart. If you have an upcoming event you’d like to see featured, email her at [email protected].

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