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TO SEPTEMBER 29
Naul Ojeda’s work has the same surreal beauty as a story by Gabriel García Márquez or Isabel Allende. There are poems locked inside the clear details of these woodcuts, but it’s up to the viewer to provide the narratives. Most of Ojeda’s work is done in black-and-white, which makes his infrequent bursts of color all the more striking. His themes range from abstract, South American-flavored scenes (Río de los Pajaros Pintados) to insights into modern America’s absurdities (Metro Madness, Immigration Office). This exhibit of 50 works, which includes brightly painted “furniture fantasies,” is in honor of the late Franz Bader, a gallery owner who supported Ojeda’s work when he first came to D.C. Roque Dalton said, “Poetry, like bread, is for everyone.” Ojeda’s unpretentious and intriguing work shows that art is for everyone, too. At the Inter-American Development Bank’s Staff Association Art Gallery, 1300 New York Ave. NW. (202) 623-3330. (Holly Bass)