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TO JAN. 26
In just five months-plus of operation, G Fine Art in Georgetown has demonstrated a knack for finding and displaying cutting-edge contemporary art—much of it quite good. The gallery’s third show, “Fusion,” features 19 pieces made almost exclusively within the past two years. Some are minimalist works, straightforward to the point of blandness: Callum Innes’ monochromatic rectangles on paper and linen, Agnes Martin’s lithographed grids of thin, ultraprecise lines, and Brice Marden’s suite of four organic lattices. Two artists contribute figurative works: Roni Horn, enigmatic photographs of bird eggs and an empty nest (Untitled (To Nest # 5), pictured); and Eric Fischl, a watercolor of a woman and child that’s considerably more muted than his better-known, sexually charged paintings. The most intriguing works, however, are by Ann Hamilton, Peter Shelton, and Jason Martin. Hamilton’s piece consists of cream-colored paper embossed with intricate, bubbly markings that resemble illegible cursive handwriting. Shelton’s pair of roundish, mounted wall sculptures approximate a soldier’s helmet and an elongated bowling ball with squishes where the finger holes should be. Martin, for his part, spreads oil paint over aluminum using comb-like tools; the technique produces even, geometrical wave patterns that look a little bit like Entenmann’s cake icing. Like most of the show’s works, his pieces exude a cool aestheticism rather than a narrative or thematic message. But those who appreciate such purism will be well-served. The exhibition is on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, to Saturday, Jan. 26, at G Fine Art, 3271 M St. NW. Free. (202) 333-0300. (Louis Jacobson)