Tag Archives: MFA curators

ANDREI PETROV featured Music@Menlo

24 Jun

Congratulations to ANDREI PETROV for being the featured artist at the prestigious Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute. The Fourteenth Season : Russian Reflections.

You can find available works by Andrei Petrov here on our website, please contact Morton Fine Art for acquisition details.

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MAYA FREELON ASANTE site-specific installation in DC

21 Jun

Amazing site-specific installation by MAYA FREELON ASANTE soon to be unveiled in DC! This five pod piece was custom created for the space and is comprised of tissue and ink Ubuntu quilts. Simply stunning!

 

About MAYA FREELON ASANTE

Maya Freelon Asante is an award-winning visual artist whose work was described by the late poet Maya Angelou as “visualizing the truth about the vulnerability and power of the human being.” Cosmopolitan magazine featured her in June 2015 in “Art Stars,” calling her one “of the most [interesting] female artists in the biz.”

She was commissioned by Google to design original art for their OnHub router. Her unique tissue paper art, praised by the International Review of African American Art as “a vibrant, beating assemblage of color,” has been exhibited internationally, including shows in Paris, Jamaica, Madagascar, and Italy.

She was selected by Modern Luxury Magazine as Best of the City; by Huffington Post as “Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know“; and by Complex magazine as “15 Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Art World.”
Maya has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Korobitey Institute in Ghana, and the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia. She earned a BA from Lafayette College and an MFA from the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Maya is also the daughter of critically acclaimed Architect, Phil Freelon, lead designer of The Anacostia Library, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She is represented by Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC.

 

Inspiration of MAYA FREELON ASANTE

Ubuntu “I am because we are”

Ubuntu is a classical African concept which can be interpreted as  I Am Because We Are. This notion of togetherness and solidarity resonates through this sculpture, as the joining of the tissue paper illustrates the power of unity.

Independently, a torn piece of paper seems insignificant, but once those pieces are combined with others, the force is overwhelming. By creating monumental, vibrant, sculptures out of tissue paper I am asking the viewers to acknowledge the fragility of humanity and the importance of working together towards a peaceful and harmonious existence.

Ubuntu echoes the African-American traditions of both the patchwork quilts and textiles which stems from resourcefulness and resilience. Each practice reminds us, as Dr. Martin Luther King said, “that I can’t be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be; and you can’t be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.”

Students, I challenge you to embrace Ubuntu, and find unity in all aspects of your life! We are better together.

– Maya Freelon Asante

Please click HERE for available artwork by internationally renowned artist MAYA FREELON ASANTE.

Morton Fine Art

1781 Florida Ave NW

Washington, DC 20009

(202) 628-2787

mortonfineart@gmail.com

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MAYA FREELON ASANTE featured in Callaloo Art & Culture in the African Diaspora

14 Jun
We are proud to announce that artist MAYA FREELON ASANTE has been prominently featured in the journal – Callaloo Art & Culture in the African Diaspora – published by  The Johns Hopkins University Press. Founded in 1976 by Editor Charles Henry Rowell, this renowned journal celebrates 40 years in print.
MAYA FREELON ASANTE’s feature can be found in Volume 38, Number 4, Pages 801-804 and 896-898. Some of you may recognize your acquisitions featured!
Contact Morton Fine Art for the full pdf version. 
Morton Fine Art
1781 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
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‘Lessons in Realistic Watercolor’ by MFA’s Mario Andres Robinson

1 Jun

 

“Watercolor by its nature cannot be controlled, and your success will depend upon your willingness to accept that fact.”  -Mario Andres Robinson

Master watercolorist Mario Andres Robinson, has recently produced an extraordinary book titled Lessons in Realistic Watercolor that includes step by step instructions on studio set up, using the medium in various techniques, as well as poignant personal insight into capturing the subtle nuances of a fleeting moment and the soul of American life.  Morton Fine Art has supported Robinson on our roster of artists for over five years now, we are incredibly proud of this achievement and so happy to know his unique perspective on an age old medium is being passed down to new generations of artists!  Many of the original artworks featured in the book are available here at MFA.  Enjoy the following excerpts and please contact us here at the gallery for details on acquiring one of Robinson’s superb original paintings.

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WILLIAM MACKINNON exhibition reviewed in The Washington Post

27 May

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William MacKinnon

Although many of his paintings don’t include cars, William MacKinnon’s style could be termed “automotive chiaroscuro.” The pictures in the Australian artist’s “I Am Beginning to See the Light” often center on a small patch of visible road or outback at night, illuminated by headlights or street lamps. Other around-midnight scenes in the Morton Fine Arts show include “The Great Indoors,” which depicts a house glowing from within and a porch supporting a string of blue lights that resembles a misplaced constellation. The even inkier “There Is a Darkness” discloses little more than a red swoop — perhaps a dirt road — on the lower left and a star cluster on the upper right.

The preponderance of black in MacKinnon’s compositions endows drama, but it also serves to unify the various techniques and media. The artist employs oil, acrylic and auto-body enamel in the same pictures and contrasts precise rendering with looser brushwork that verges on abstraction. The distinction reflects the divide between man-made and natural: Lush vegetation and night skies inspire a freer hand. It also reflects the moods of an artist who writes, “Each day I come into the studio feeling different.” Rather than harmonize these emotions, he juxtaposes them extravagantly, under the cover of darkness.

William MacKinnon: I Am Beginning to See the Light On view through June 2 at Morton Fine Art, 1781 Florida Ave. NW. 202-628-2787. mortonfineart.com.

 

 

Click HERE to view available works by WILLIAM MACKINNON.

 

Rosemary Feit Covey’s 500 piece collection at Georgetown University Library

19 May
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Rosemary Feit Covey’s 500 piece collection at Georgetown University Library. This collection encompasses the entire graphic oeuvre from 1967 to 2010 of the South African-born artist Rosemary Feit Covey. Including some 500 works, the collection was amassed over several decades by Eric Lansdowne Mackenzie and generously donated to Georgetown University Library in 2011.  Mackenzie had published the catalogue raisonné of Covey’s graphic work the previous year, and the descriptive information in these Digital Georgetown records is drawn from his catalog.

 

Encouraged as a high school student by the renowned wood engraver and illustrator Barry Moser, Covey began working in the challenging medium of wood engraving in 1975. The stark linearity and rich darkness of this expressive medium can heighten the psychological effect of the subject and proved the ideal medium for Covey’s imagery. She found that the act of carving into wood required a level of concentration and effort that “drew from a deeper reserve” than the act of painting. Through this intensely physical process she was enabled to bring more deeply felt imagery to the surface, drawn from memories of her youth or daily experience.

Rosemary Feit Covey is a prolific, award-winning artist who maintains a working studio at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. From 2007 to 2008, Covey served as Artist-in-Residence at Georgetown University Medical Center, and in 2014 she had a major retrospective at the Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum and Library. Her work is represented in the Smithsonian Institution and the New York Public Library, among other public collections.

 
Morton Fine Art
1781 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 628-2787
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‘I Am Beginning to See the Light’ A solo exhibition of paintings by WILLIAM MACKINNON

17 May
Exhibition on view through June 2nd,  2016
EXHIBITION LOCATION
Morton Fine Art (MFA)
1781 Florida Ave NW (at 18th & U Sts)
Washington, DC 20009

HOURS
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm

Sunday 12pm-5pm

About I Am Beginning to See the Light
MACKINNON states that “Painting for me is a way of thinking…an open-ended sort of intuitive tinkering and discovery. Each day I come into the studio feeling different. I often leave notes from the end of the previous day as a clue of how to proceed. But since then, a lot has happened. I feel different…Sleep, dreams, what I have seen on my drive to work or along the coast, and my feelings all creep into my artwork. I try to bring this new version of myself into the next phase of the painting…that “quick thinking” which draws on everything you have seen and felt and read and looked at in a lifetime. In the end, all of my paintings are self portraits.”

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About WILLIAM MACKINNON

Born in 1978 in Melbourne, Australia, WILLIAM MACKINNON earned his BA from Melbourne University, his MFA for Victorian College of the Arts and his Post Graduate Diploma from the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London.  I Am Beginning to See the Light marks MACKINNON’s third solo exhibition in North America, all of them at Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC.
MACKINNON’s many accolades include exhibiting as a finalist in the Basil Sellers Art Prize at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne in both 2014 and 2016. He has also been a finalist multiple times for both the prestigious Fleurier Landscape Prize and Arthur Guy Memorial Prize at the Bendigo Regional Art Gallery. His artwork can be found in the permanent collections of Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne University, State Library of Victoria,Joyce Nissan Collection, Artbank, Griffith University, Macquarie Bank Collections RACV and Stonnington Council Collections.

Born into a family legacy of internationally renowned fine artists, MACKINNON participated in a noteworthy three generation exhibition, Landscape of Longing: Shoreham 1950-2012, at the Mornington Pennisula Regional Gallery in Australia which included a number of works by his mother, KATHERINE HATTAM (b. 1950) and his grandfather, HAL HATTAM (b.1913 d.1994).

‘Continuum’ an exhibition of paintings by CHARLES WILLIAMS

10 May

Check out this phenomenal installation snap shot of ‘Continuum’ an exhibition of paintings by CHARLES WILLIAMS on display in Charlotte, NC at Central Piedmont Community College’s Ross Gallery.

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Nathaniel Donnett: Dancing in the End Zone is a Sine Qua Non for In-External Spaces

6 May

MFA’s NATHANIEL DONNETT participates in Pittsburgh’s Gallery Crawl showing a new body of work

709 Penn Gallery ~ 709 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA

Curated by Kilolo Luckett

A Pittsburgh premiere and solo exhibition of new work featuring Houston-based artist Nathaniel Donnett.  Donnett will exhibit works that address the sociopolitical conditions and cultural expressions of African Americans. Donnett is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas.  He is currently the recipient of the 2015 Idea Fund /Andy Warhol Foundation Grant and founder of Not That But This, an arts and culture webzine.

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GA GARDNER Curates International Art Exhibition in Paris, France

5 May

 

We are very excited to share GETTHRU’s newest project with Boxout, exhibiting in Paris, France.  ‘Mixed Bag: An International Small Works Exhibition’ curated by Morton Fine Art’s own GA GARDNER is made possible by Gethru.org and the fundraising arm of the nonprofit organization!  Boxout provides art collectors with access to international works of art by making the original works available for sale through local galleries, art fairs and art spaces.

About the Exhibition:

Title:  Mixed Bag: An International Small Works Exhibition
Curator:  GA Gardner
Gallery:  59 Rivoli
Venue:  Paris France, www.59rivoli.org

Date: April 28 to May 8, 2016

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Also check out this write up by Olive Vassel about the exhibition on euromight.com!

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