Archive | August, 2010

Margaret Bowland’s Artist Talk

26 Aug

A big thanks to the Smithsonian for filming Margaret Bowland’s artist talk at our spring 2010 *a pop-up project at the former Numark Gallery.

Her award winning piece ‘Murakami Wedding’ hangs in the National Portrait Gallery through Monday, 6 September 2010. This masterpiece is available for private acquisition, so please contact MFA for pricing if interested.

‘Another Thorny Crown II’ (charcoal and pastel on paper) is also currently available and hanging at MFA’s curators’ studio.

Artist Profile: Vonn Sumner

19 Aug

A little known tidbit about Vonn Sumner’s work is that the hats worn by many of the figures in his compositions are first hand constructed by the artist.

Vonn Sumner, Study after Mutiny, oil on panel, 20 x 16″

These hats are referenced directly from art history, such as the Italian Reniassance work  The Journey of the Magi (1495).


13 Aug

Take the time. Take the time to invest in custom frames and matting, as each piece has its own needs based on medium and environment.  For works on paper, make sure mats are made up of acid-free material and the glass is conservation quality to prevent damaging your artwork.

To establish whether or not matting is acid free, check the inner angle of the exposed part of the artwork’s mat- if a yellow or rust colored discoloration is present, than the mat is more than likely acidic and should be replaced.

MFA’s New Home

13 Aug

MFA curator’s studio is permanently located at 1781 Florida Ave, NW, just below Mint Gym between Adams Morgan and U Street. We are scheduled to host a series of exciting small exhibitions in our new studio, as well as launch *a pop-up project in another DC location this coming fall.

Our curator’s studio is an inviting space that includes an art “library” as well as several gallery fish.

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In addtion to inventory from last spring’s *pop-up project, we are currently exhibiting Small Works on Paper at the studio with new works by Vonn Sumner, Laurel Hausler and Rosemary Feit Covey.  MFA’s curator’s studio is open Tues-Sat, 11 am – 6 pm. We invite you to come by and enjoy our new home!

** Be sure to check in next week to hear about the launch of MFA’s new generation of art services!

Be sure to stay tuned!

11 Aug

We will be regularly updating new blog posts each Thursday with advice for art collectors, trivia about MFA’s collaborating artists, interesting art news snippets, and more.  We welcome your feedback and invite you to continue any conversations at MFA’s studio. So be sure to stay tuned!

So…what exactly is MFA: Morton Fine Art?

10 Aug
Good question: firmly committed to the belief that anyone can become an art collector, MFA is a hybrid business model that combines art collection advising, museum education and artist advocacy.  Redefining a traditional art gallery model, MFA does not represent a staple of artists but instead collaborates with artists to promote and place selected pieces in art collections of all kinds.
MFA also replaces a traditional gallery model with an innovative curators’ studio and a series of bi-annual temporary exhibitions. The curator’s studio is a working art lab where small shows are continually rotated on display, while larger scale  exhibitions, known as * a pop-up project, are held in locations outside of MFA’s Florida Ave NW studio, “popping-up” in various locations throughout Washington, DC.
So to answer the question, MFA breaks the mold slightly: it’s is a little bit of an art gallery, a little bit of an arts educator, a little bit of a collections advisor, but most importantly, a place that brings dynamic contemporary art to Washington, DC.
Come visit us and find out more!
MFA’s curator’s studio is located at:
1781 Florida Ave NW (at 18th and U Sts)
Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 6pm
Sunday – Monday: by appointment