Robert Newmann For Pierre L'Enfant
Subtractive mural, 1328 New York Ave and 13th St, NW
Washington Art Matters: 1940s–1980s tells the story of art made here during five crucial decades. As such, this is the first major effort by a museum to present a comprehensive history, representing those times with works by some 80 artists. The exhibition is based on Washington Art Matters: Art Life in the Capital 1940-1990, a book published by the Washington Artists Museum and co-authored by Jean Lawlor Cohen, Benjamin Forgey, Sidney Lawrence and Elizabeth Tebow.
Washington Art Matters: Art Life in the Capital 1940–1990 represents the closing project of the Washington Arts Museum, a curatorial mission that, for more than a decade, mounted shows of work by significant, perhaps neglected, regional artists. WAM founders Renee Butler and Giorgio Furioso envision the book, its broader essays and timelines, as an appropriate coda.
Michael Platt Atlanta Child Murder Series, Yusuf Bell 9 Years Old 1983
Pastel on paper
Sam Gilliam Stair 1977
Acrylic on canvas
Martin Puryear Noatank 1979
Sherman Fleming/Rod Force Fault: Axis for Light 1986
Still from 20 minute WPA performance