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Arts Post: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

Alec Baldwin, cakes and pies

In case we needed further proof of Alec Baldwin's sheer awesomeness: We present for your consideration his commercials for Wegmans, reportedly filmed because of his mom's love of the massive high-end food store. Baldwin's protestations to us last year notwithstanding,...

By Ann Hornaday  | November 19, 2010; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Inside the former East Germany

In today's column I wrote about a sharp group show at Goethe-Institut downtown. These pictures come from Margret Hoppe's series "The Chamber," documenting a now-defunct East German athletic training facility built in the late 1970s. Remember those intense, super-built...

By Jessica Dawson  | November 19, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Galleries, Jessica Dawson, Reviews  
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Oscar-doc snub, er, short list announced

Eliot Spitzer in "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer." (Magnolia Pictures)The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 documentaries that will be eligible for an Oscar nomination next year, and there were some doozies...

By Ann Hornaday  | November 19, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Do you [heart] gentrification?

I've passed this street art gem on 14th street, NW, just north of T, countless times. Though I've no idea who did it -- if you do, please ping me; bonus points if you can I.D. the tat -- I...

By Jessica Dawson  | November 19, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Jessica Dawson, Public Art  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Elad Lassry at Luhring-Augustine

"Woman (Painting)," one of a suite of new photos by Elad Lassry, an Israeli-born Los Angeles artist who has been making waves, now showing at Luhring-Augustine gallery in New York. Lassry achieves the strangest mix of vintage advertising gleam...

By Blake Gopnik  | November 19, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Contemporary Art  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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The Hope Returns with Ribbons of Diamonds

The Hope Diamond in its new setting "Embracing Hope" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. (James DiLoreto/Smithsonian)Arts Post never tires of the Hope Diamond, and all its glamor. The famed gem is back at the National Museum of...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | November 18, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Smithsonian, holiday  | Tags:  Harry Winston, Hope Diamond, National Museum of Natural History  
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Arena Extends "Oklahoma!"

Eleasha Gamble as Laurey in "Oklahoma!" (Carol Rosegg) | PHOTOSThe audiences at Arena Stage's "Oklahoma!" are proving "People Will Say We're in Love" is just not a memorable song from the vintage musical. They are storming the doors, showing love...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | November 18, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Theater, holiday  | Tags:  Arena Stage, D.C., Molly Smith, Oklahoma!, musicals in Washington  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Rosalba Peale by Rembrandt Peale

The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (Courtesy the Smithsonian American Art Museum) Click for larger image A portrait of the young artist Rosalba Peale, painted by her father Rembrandt Peale in about 1820...

By Blake Gopnik  | November 18, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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A Venus on R Street

As my tenth anniversary Galleries column approaches this Friday, I've taken to reminiscing. Remember when Dupont Circle was a gallery hub? Those First Friday wine-and-cheese slogs along Connecticut Avenue and R Street yielded some of the city's best art. Nowadays,...

By Jessica Dawson  | November 17, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Galleries, Jessica Dawson, Public Art  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Gorky at MoMA

A recent feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art) Daily Pic: Arshile Gorky's "Garden in Sochi," from 1941, in the show called "Abstract Expressionist New York" at MoMA. The...

By Blake Gopnik  | November 17, 2010; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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Hope springs eternal: Winston shares dollars as well as rare diamond

The Hope Diamond made a rare trip out of town Tuesday night to appear at a special event where the Harry Winston Co. announced another special gift to the National Museum of Natural History.   The Hope Diamond. (Smithsonian)The display of...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | November 16, 2010; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Smithsonian  | Tags:  Harry Winston, National Museum of Natural History, donation to Smithsonian  
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Air and Space Unveils New Home for Pioneers

The names of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart are part of American lore and have been part of the story told in the National Air and Space Museum for 34 years. But those star aviators and their flying machines...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | November 16, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Smithsonian  | Tags:  barron hilton gallery, history of flight at Air and Space museum, national air and space museum  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: The "Normandie" pitcher

The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (Courtesy the British Museum) The "Normandie" water pitcher, launched on the American market in 1935 by German designer Peter Müller-Munk. Museums all over - the Baltimore Museum...

By Blake Gopnik  | November 16, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Design  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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The leading men of "Follies" are now in place

The Kennedy Center's forthcoming "Follies" has its male leads. Broadway actor Danny Burstein and daytime soap star Ron Raines will tackle the roles handled respectively by Gene Nelson and John McMartin in the original 1971 production of this seminal...

By Peter Marks  | November 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Peter Marks, Theater  | Tags:  Follies Kennedy Center Sondheim  
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Portrait Gallery To Read and Read and Read "Leaves of Grass"

In "Leaves of Grass" Walt Whitman wrote some mighty tongue twisters. "I sing the body electric, The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them, They will not let me off till I go with them, respond...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | November 16, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums  | Tags:  leaves of grass, national portrait gallery, poetry marathon, walt whitman  
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PBS edits Tina Fey's remarks from Twain event

Tina Fey got a little political airbrushing from PBS Sunday night during its annual broadcast of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

By Paul Farhi  | November 15, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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Rendering D.C. strange, John Gossage-style

The best thing about Washington photographer John Gossage? The fact that he's rendered my hometown strange. The familiar streets of Kalorama -- my stomping grounds in the 1990s, when I lived there; now on my path from home to downtown...

By Jessica Dawson  | November 15, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Kapoor's mirror at the Met

The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (Blake Gopnik for the Washington Post) A giant mirror by Anish Kapoor, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kapoor assembles thousands of hexagonal mirrors, maybe an inch...

By Blake Gopnik  | November 15, 2010; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Contemporary Art, Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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