September 8, 2011 | by Juliette Ebner
Pictures at an exhibition

‘The Good Switch’ is part of Rams Brisueño's ‘Conversations with Flowers’ series which will be on display as part of the "Travelin' Shoes" exhibit at Fleckenstein Gallery. It’s one of several gay offerings this fall. (Image courtesy Fleckenstein)

The Washington/Baltimore region, with its bounty of galleries, never ceases to astound with its endless bounty of art. Among the season’s highlights are:

The Fleckenstein Gallery (3316 Keswick Rd.) in Baltimore has a new exhibit, “Travelin’ Shoes” opening Oct. 5 featuring the work of Schroeder Cherry, Kylis Winborne and gay artist Rams Brisueño.

Brisueño portrays male and female figures, some asexual and some with gender-bending qualities. His profile on the Baker Artist Awards website says he uses collage and painting to show layers of experiences and differences.

“By organically letting the work be painted over, rubbed out or scribbled on top of, but with great attention to the surfaces of things … to texture and intuitive response, and with a conscientious distinction between spontaneous doodles and selected text, composition and personal associations come together in themes of mythmaking … and compositional unity through space, shape and color,” Brisueño says of his work.

This exhibit is in affiliation with the Black Male Identity Project and is part of Free Fall Baltimore.

Gallery plan b (1530 14th St., N.W.) has two exhibits scheduled to open this fall. The first, which opens today, will feature paintings by Kevin H. Adams. The second exhibit, which opens Oct. 19, will feature photographs by Kermit Berg and paintings by Delna Dastur.

Industry Gallery (1358 Florida Ave., N.E., Suite 200) presents “Meltdown” featuring new work by Tom Price, which opens Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. This is the British artist and designer’s first U.S. solo exhibition. He specializes in modern furniture products, sculpture and lighting design.

“I like to think of myself as working in collaboration with materials, processes and phenomena and that the final physical outcome is a product of mutual consent,” Price says in a press release.

Zenith Gallery’s newest exhibit, which features monumental and pedestal sculpture and three-dimensional wall art by Julie Girardini, David Hubbard, Joan Konkel, Barton Rubenstein and Paul Martin Wolff, opened Thursday and will run through Jan. 7 at the Eleven Eleven Sculpture Gallery (1111 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.).

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (200 North Blvd.) in Richmond has several exhibits scheduled to open this fall. First up, opening today, is “Vision from the Congo,” a two-part installation of bear sculptures. The first section features four sculptures by artists from the Pende culture, of the Congo’s Kwilu and Kasai regions that relate to the disruptions experienced by the Pende in the early 20th century. The second part features life-size sculptures by Renée Stout and Alison Saar, who draw from African art and culture in creating their works.

Dec. 23 brings the opening of “Elvis at 21,” which features 57 photographs taken by Alfred Wertheimer when Elvis was on the brink of international stardom. For information on these exhibits and more, visit vmfa.museum/exhibitions.

The National Gallery of Art (4th and Constitution Ave., N.W.) has a new exhibit, “Warhol: Headlines” which opens Sept. 25. This is said to be the first exhibition to full examine the works Andy Warhol, who was gay, created on the theme of news headlines by present about 80 works including paintings, drawing, photographs and more based largely on tabloid news.

Warhol’s headline works also chart the shift in mainstream media’s ways of delivering the news from a printed format to an electronic format. The headline motif encompasses Warhol’s key subjects, including celebrity, death, disaster and contemporary events.

 

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