The last issue of the Washington City Paper had one of the best articles about an artist that I have ever read in the Washington press, and I wanted to thank all of those responsible for writing and publishing it.
The article by John Metcalfe (“Queen of Beverly Court,” 7/2) about Manon Cleary (who, in my opinion, is not only the best artist in the Washington area, but perhaps one of the most powerful realist brushes in the nation) is fantastic! The article brings forth parts of a most interesting life by a D.C. artist that really deserves more attention.
Metcalfe has done a terrific job in re-creating the lifestyle and the life led by Cleary, although I wish the article had included some images of Cleary’s artwork.
I will use this article as the rallying point and let it be the first call for a Manon Cleary retrospective at either the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden or the Corcoran Gallery of Art. It is long overdue for one of those two Washington museums to give a well-deserved show to Washington’s best-known and most talented artist.