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TO MARCH 12
What began as Gallery Marc, when French-born H. Marc Moyens opened his pioneering P Street arts space in 1969, became Gallery K six years later after Moyens met his Japanese life partner, Komei Wachi. The two men died within weeks of each other in 2003, leaving not only a much-loved gallery (relocated to R Street), but also a 2,500-piece personal collection. Now Jack Rasmussen, a veteran of the ’70s D.C. art scene and the curator of American University’s new Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, has selected 92 of those works for “Remembering Marc and Komei,” a memorial exhibition. Because Moyens and Wachi handled lots of local talent, the Washington Color School and its successors are represented along with such other D.C. artists as Lisa Brotman, Sidney Lawrence, Bill Newman, and Joe Shannon (all of whom consulted with Rasmussen on the show). But there’s plenty here that has nothing to do with Anne Truitt’s austere, shades-of-white Arundel XIV or Sean Scully’s all-red Horizontals: Red Diptych #2. Moyens and Wachi’s tastes were eclectic, ranging from surrealism to abstraction, and with an apparent preference—the Truitt aside—for bright colors and lively compositions. (Revenge of the Goldfish, by Sandy Skoglund, is pictured.) That’s hardly the whole story, however—given that Rasmussen focuses the exhibition on Gallery K artists and American and European art from the 1950s and ’60s, several more shows could potentially be pulled from the vast Moyens-Wachi collection, filling the Katzen’s dramatic three-level space again and again with art and reminiscences. The exhibition is on view from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, to Sunday, March 12, at American University’s Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 885-4000. (Mark Jenkins)