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Bubble Wrap: DC Modern Luxury rounds up the city’s upcoming modern-art happenings—-Warhol shows at NGA and Hirshhorn, 30 Americans at the Corc, the (e)merge art fair—-but makes one dubious connection:
In 2009, the local modern art movement got a further boost when famed international art collector Mera Rubell toured some DC studios—after a bit of controversy, that is. “There’s nothing to fight for here,” Rubell toldThe Washington Post in December 2009. “There’s not enough contemporary art being shown.”
Rubell felt that even with its abundance of talent, the city’s infrastructure for contemporary artists was isolating. Her comments sparked a Districtwide debate across blogs, Facebook posts and endless panel discussions designed to address the concerns of the community’s emerging artists. Almost every museum and art organization across town began laying plans to up its game. Rubell, herself, fell in love with what was here and decided to plant roots. Now, you might say, DC has gone contempo crazy.
I still do hear that 2009 incident mentioned from time to time; I also doubt any museum—-whose shows take years to produce—-changed its plans because of it. But nice try?
The Trawick Prize: Sculptor Mia Feuer won it.
Cutting Room: The new Deleted Scenes album is out next week, but Aaron Leitko has positive words about it today at Pitchfork. Young People’s Church of the Air, he writes, “squats a unique ground between pop and experimental impulses. It doesn’t belong wholly to either world. It’s an album that seeks to transcend ugliness, both personal and aural. More often than not, it succeeds on both counts.” City Paper‘s review will run next week.