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Posted at 1:31 PM ET, 09/ 8/2009

Up Next: September Arts

By Stephanie Merry

First on my list of great shows to see this month is Flashpoint's new exhibition of works by Bradley Chriss, entitled "Visions from the End of the World." The dreamy watercolors portray both lyrical and literal images of death and apocalypse, and many of the works have what appears to be a floating eye. (Through Oct. 3)

Along with the Pink Line Project, Flashpoint is kicking off a new discussion series to coincide with its exhibitions. Pink Panels will give gallery-goers a forum to talk about the works on display as well as art in general, and the first one focuses on Chriss's exhibition. (Begins Sept. 23)

When most people think of D.C., monuments and congressmen come to mind, but photographer Paul Feinberg is offering up other views with "Another Washington" at AU's Katzen Center. Expect to peek into tattoo parlors, see the exterior of rundown shops and even catch a glimpse of a burlesque dancer. (Sept. 8-Oct. 25)

Take a trip back to seventh grade at Civilian Art Projects where Cara Ober will be displaying a riff on love letters scribbled on loose leaf paper. Her stenciled images of faces feature Sean Connery's James Bond and the bartender from "The Love Boat" along with pithy one-liners. (Sept. 11-Oct. 17)

The summer may be drawing to a close, but there's still time to visit the beach through the lovely watercolors of John Singer Sargent. The Corcoran's "Sargent and the Sea" will consist of more than 80 paintings from the artist's early career; the show gives a sense of just how talented the expatriate was, even at 18. (Sept. 12-Jan. 3)

The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore is experimenting with an old medium (for telecommunications anyway) with "Fax." Over 100 artists have submitted (or transmitted, we should say) their work to the museum, and as more art rolls in to the fax machine that's also part of the exhibition, the show will continue to change. (Sept. 12-Dec. 20)

You can take a trip back in time to the wild west when the Portrait Gallery unveils "Faces of the Frontier: Photographic Portraits from the American West, 1845-1924." The 100 portraits of important figures such as Geronimo, Annie Oakley and Brigham Young tell the story of the vast changes that occurred in the U.S. after the Mexican War. (Sept. 25-Jan. 24)

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | September 8, 2009; 1:31 PM ET
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