Critical Review

Critical Review

Artist Dedicated to Exploring the Subconscious in Lush Twenty-Year Retrospective at Gallery Blue Door

Hal Boyd wades into the gloriously oddball humanness of being. He pursues the lusty ocean of the every-person subconscious—a dreamland hauled up for all to see. Here relationships are loaded, flowers burst sexy, animals prowl cackling, beauty and hilarity intertwine.

Phylicia Ghee’s 'Liminality: Midwifery and the Sacred Womb' at The Nicholson Project

After a residency at The Nicholson Project in DC, Ghee created a container for intergenerational inquiries about care and caregivers

The Personal is Political in Gentrifying DC

Lionel Frazier White III’s solo show Beyond the Frame is a subtle exploration of the lived experience within a gentrifying city through photography, video work, and found objects. Themes of fragmentation, remembrance, and celebration flow through White’s varied yet cohesive body of work.

The Multidisciplinary Darrel Ellis (1958–1992) Receives His First, Overdue Major Museum Retrospective Posthumously

In working with a fixed set of decades-old family portraits, Ellis constantly conjured the past. His sculpted surfaces acted as a sort of Ouija board, though instead of a planchet, Ellis was guided by his father's original negatives to commune with his spirit.

Ten Baltimore Art Exhibits in 2022 that Made us Reevaluate Our Priorities

Thank you to the museums, galleries, colleges, artist-run spaces, and universities consistently supply us with exhibitions that challenge our intellect, influence our emotions, and encourage us to participate in creative production.

A rare opportunity to experience innovative constructions and beautiful objects, as artists build a legacy steeped in historical research

A groundbreaking exhibition about the promise of upward mobility and the sacrifices endured by Black Americans to realize a safer and more stable life, realized through the personal lens of family history from those who experienced it directly.

ABMB Just Started the Countdown to its 21st Birthday, but the Champagne Has Long Been (Over)flowing

Last week, Art Basel Miami Beach turned twenty. It’s hard to overstate how extremely the once-unlikely Floridian spinoff of the highbrow Swiss art fair has transformed both the global art market and its host city.

Memento Mori at The Parlor, Figure / Narrative at C. Grimaldis Gallery, and Manifest Presence at Catalyst

Three Succinct Reviews including a group show about death in a former funeral home, as well as figurative narrative paintings from established masters Grace Hartigan and Raoul Middleman and a new generation of painters in Baltimore

Text and Found Object in exhibitions by Kei Ito and R.L. Tillman

While Ito leans on a more personal narrative to probe the continued legacy of violence, Tillman dissects printmaking history, wartime advertisements and reminiscence in social media today.

In two exhibitions, a photographer playfully explores the macabre and the whimsical

Jennipur Jane’s twin exhibits, "Ephemerally Yours" and "Rituals," now on view at Fell’s Point gallery The Alchemy of Art, are centered around photography that “explores the duality of human nature.”

Contemplating the legacy of protest art created by the famous American Catholic nun-turned-artist-educator

'We Care: Works by Corita Kent' at Silber Gallery is a vibrant color bomb mission-driven text-heavy advertisement-inspired serigraphs.

Alberto Cavalieri’s Have & Have-Not at Catalyst Contemporary, Parallax at the Gormley Gallery, and Abstraction at the C. Grimaldis Gallery

Three succinct reviews covering selection of contemporary sculptures, abstract paintings, and the boundaries of photography in Baltimore.

The Current Exhibition of 2022 Sondheim Semi-Finalists at School 33 Confirms its Relevance as an Exhibition Space

As BOPA continues to create new pathways to support Artscape and other major initiatives for the arts in the region through its strategic plan process, I hope that School 33 is brought back into the spotlight as one of Baltimore’s “Big Three” nonprofit exhibition spaces, where it belongs.

Fletcher creates her textiles with an unconventional material—Kanekalon hair.

Walking into one of Artise Fletcher’s textile workshops, which explore societal beauty standards and individual relationships to hair, audiences typically “come into it skeptical, not knowing what to expect,” she says.

A major exhibition at the NGA probes doubles and difference

The exhibition opens up the inexhaustible problems of the double, demonstrating how art is particularly well suited to explore them.

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