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TO SEPT. 29
This summer, when Annie Gawlak converted a second-floor space above a jeans store in Georgetown into a gallery called G Fine Art, she decided that her first exhibition should celebrate the wallsnot the pictures hung on them. So she secured the rights to wall designs created by six renowned artists: Daniel Buren, Gunther Forg, Sam Gilliam, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, and Maya Lin. The resulting exhibit, “Wall Works,” is a conceptual display of conceptual art, featuring equal parts cool intellectualism and striking visuals. Buren’s wall recapitulates his trademark awning-stripe pattern. Forg bifurcates his vertically into white and yellow sections, echoing his smaller, Barnett Newman-esque “zip” paintings. Washingtonian Gilliam decorates his wall by applying multicolored splotches of paint, whereas LeWitt draws eight evenly spaced lines from his wall’s corners and midpoints toward its center, without ever reaching it. (LeWitt’s 1973 design was, like all of the show’s walls, executed by Gawlak according to the artist’s strict specificationsanother neat conceptualist trick.) The show’s standouts are Kosuth, whose jumble of white neon letters (pictured) approximates a starry sky when set against a painted black background, and Lin, who created a delicately textured crack in plaster that has been embedded into one of the gallery’s wallsand looks deceptively like a wall-hanger’s screw-up. Viewers unamused by these brainy flights of fancy can come instead to admire the newly renovated space, with its sunny windows, painted-brick interiors, and smooth wood floors. It is, after all, a celebration of space, right? On view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, to Saturday, Sept. 29, at G Fine Art, 3271 M St. NW. Free. (202) 333-0300. (Louis Jacobson)