Archive | November, 2011

Amy Morton curates INTO THE LIGHT : ESTHER YI and VICTORIA SHAHEEN at The Anthenaeum, Alexandria, VA

29 Nov

Morton Fine Art is pleased to curate Into the Light, an exhibition of artwork by Esther Yi and Victoria Shaheen at The Anthenaeum in Old Town Alexandria, VA. 
Curated by Amy Morton for Morton Fine Art.
Into the Light will be on display from Thurs, 8 December 2011 – Sun, 22 January 2012 at:
The Anthenaeum
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

The opening reception is Sunday, 11 December from 4-6pm. Both artists will be in attendance.

Gallery Hours:
Thursday, Friday and Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
Saturday: 1pm – 4pm
About Esther Meena Yi: 
(photography, Washington, DC):  Studied Fine Art Photography at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Yi has an interest in working with existing images and exploring the use of black and white darkroom techniques to create a new image; images which allude to different content and context and that question the status of the original. The darkroom process she explores, mordançage, consists of a solution that makes the gelatin surface detach and pliable causing the degraded and veil-like aesthetic.
About Victoria Shaheen:
(ceramics; Washington, DC):  A recent graduate of the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Shaheen is currently pursuing an MA in Ceramics at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Shaheen’s accomplishments include the 2011 Fine Art Faculty Award for Recognition of Excellence in the Study of Fine Art andthe 2011 Anne and Ronald Abramson Award for Excellence in Ceramics. Her piece on exhibition White Light, White Heat, constructed in stark white porcelain that transforms the light, is in deliberate contrast to the classic architecture of the Anthenaeum.New ceramic installation work by Victoria Shaheen will be on display at MFA’s spring 2012 *a pop-up project, DC NOW, which will take place in Bethesda this April.
Amy Morton, Curator’s Notes:
As an advocate for emerging artists, I feel that it is vital to highlight and reward exceptional talent coming out of our nationally renowned art schools. In this case, the artwork of both Victoria Shaheen and Esther Yi piqued my interest last spring when I viewed Next at the Corcoran, the senior thesis exhibition for the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Primary to MFA’s mission of promoting national talent is a strong bent toward  launching regional talent into the national arena through various innovative art projects in the area.  Into the Light is a striking display of artistic mediums, featuring an oversize ceramic installation piece compromised of life-size light bulb clusters which cast shadows as well as a series of photographs that appropriate classical fine art images with unexpected scale, surface and technique. An emerging artist show of this caliber offers an exciting opportunity for collectors to view and acquire work ahead of the curve by these two exceptional young artists.

Introducing artist JASON SHO GREEN

22 Nov

Jason Sho Green (heavy impasto painting, Brooklyn, NY, b. Japan):

Born in Japan and raised in Georgia, Jason Sho Green’s cultural wires have been crossed since birth. His primary medium is sculptural painting with a heavy and expressive impasto surface oftentimes including dried and balled up acrylic paint to construct a 3D surface. Jason lives and paints in Brooklyn, NY. He recently earned his MFA from the New York Academy of Art.
Currently on display at MFA’s NYC NOW exhibition located at:
Gallery B
7700 Wisconsin Ave Suite E (courtyard side of building)
Bethesda, MD 20814
Wed – Saturday, 12pm-6pm
*Show closes Saturday, 3 December at 6pm.

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15 Nov

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30 AMERICANS Exhibition at the Corcoran

8 Nov
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bird On Money, 1981. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 66 x 90 inches. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bird On Money, 1981. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 66 x 90 inches. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

About the exhibition:

30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations.”

Exhibition run dates:

October 1, 2011 – February 12, 2012


The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006


Monday           CLOSED
Tuesday          CLOSED

Wednesday    10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday        10  a.m.–9 p.m.

Friday             10  a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday        10  a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday           10  a.m.–5 p.m.

KESHA BRUCE Solo (Re)calling and (Re)telling at MFA for Fotoweek DC 2011

1 Nov


Solo Exhibition of photographs by Kesha Bruce

November 5 – 12th, 2011




Saturday, November 5th 2pm


Morton Fine Art (MFA) is pleased to present (Re)calling & (Re)telling, a solo exhibition of photographs by artist Kesha Bruce in conjunction with Fotoweek DC 2011. The exhibition will be on display from November 5 through November 12, with an opening reception and artist talk with Kesha Bruce on Saturday, November 5th at 2pm.

About (Re)calling & (Re)telling:

History and Meaning: When is a Story More Than Just a Story?

A good story allows us to make sense of the world by helping us to define who we are and understand our place in it. In her Fotoweek DC exhibition, titled (Re)calling and (Re)telling, artist Kesha Bruce offers viewers a contemporary entryway to the rich tradition of storytelling in art through the use of both photography and collage.

For the past several years, Kesha Bruce has created work using an old collection of photographs taken by her grandfather during his years as a soldier during the Korean War. In addition to the many photographs of young African American soldiers going about their daily routines, the collection also included snapshots and informal family portraits taken upon his return home to Des Moines, Iowa. Fascinated by the people and places in each photograph, these images soon became the basis for two complete bodies of work.

The narratives Bruce recreates in (Re)calling and (Re)telling, are composed of a mysterious mix of elements culled from the intimate terrain of memory, nostalgia, and the mundane remnants of daily life.

Also featured at Morton Fine Art is her latest series The Story, comprised of small, intimate mixed media works on paper which render character and place through the use of minimalist texts, each work relating to the next like non-linear chapters of a novel that refuse to settle into a comfortable beginning, middle, and end.

About KESHA BRUCE (France, b. USA):

Born and raised in Iowa, Bruce studied painting at the University of Iowa before going on to earn her MFA in Painting from Hunter College in New York City. She has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Vermont Studio Center, and The Puffin Foundation. Her photographic work from (Re)calling & (Re)telling was awarded the EnFoco New Works Photography prize and was included in the traveling exhibition Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera.