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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Gallery opening of the week: Tania Karpowitz

By Mark Jenkins

"Self Portrait With Egg" (Tania Karpowitz)

Painter Tania Karpowitz has lived in Alexandria for 15 years, but earlier she studied in both Rome and Madrid. The effect of those sojourns can be seen in her canvases, which emulate the lush surfaces and sensuous light of Old Masters.

Karpowitz's show at the Washington Studio School, which has its opening reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., consists primarily of paintings, mostly nudes or semi-nudes. (There are some drawings, and a few still lifes.) The painter's models tend to be middle-aged, and the rendering naturalistic: Characteristic is a view of cherubs floating in midair, a classical subject rendered utterly contemporary by graying hair and paunchy bellies.

"Tania Karpowitz'' runs through Feb. 11 at 2129 S St. NW. The school's gallery is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

By Mark Jenkins  | January 20, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
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