As Galleries Return to Normal, One Group Show Thinks Big

As Galleries Return to Normal, One Group Show Thinks Big

For OPEN on K, Hemphill in Washington D.C. asked artists to bring their biggest ideas.

Hyperallergic
By Kriston Capps
November 11, 2021.

For Open on K, Hemphill asked artists to bring their biggest ideas. That’s a promising gallery provocation for this moment of return to not-quite-normalcy. Rush Baker appears to have found urgent inspiration in the Black Lives Matter protests for racial justice in the summer of 2020, but his paintings also point indirectly to the inchoate rage of the January 6 insurrection, with which the United States has yet to reckon. Many other artists — and many of the rest of us — spent months looking inward. Stepping back into the gallery after so many months of not seeing or showing or socializing marks an important moment, one in which we may see what’s changed.

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"In the galleries: Tracing a generational progression in abstract art"

"In the galleries: Tracing a generational progression in abstract art"

by Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, March 7, 2021

The three solo shows at Hemphill Artworks don’t add up to an overview of the evolution of abstract painting, and aren’t meant to. Still, the progression from Leon Berkowitz’s luminous austerity to Steven Cushner’s totemic imagery to E.E. Ikeler’s mixed-media intricacy does demonstrate intriguing generational shifts. Over a half-century of this trio’s nonrepresentational art, things get funkier and funkier.

Elle Decor Spain, Fran Muñoz, January 1, 2020.

Elle Decor Spain, Fran Muñoz, January 1, 2020.

HEMPHILL worked with designer Nestor Santa-Cruz and architect Anne Decker to select artworks by Linling Lu, Steven Cushner, and Amy Pleasants for an interior design project in Washington DC. The pool house was recently featured in Elle Decor Spain.

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Hemphill Coloring Book

Hemphill Coloring Book

by HEMPHILL

07/15/2020

This coloring book was created during the shelter-in-place period of 2020. Thanks to the artists for their participation and inspiration. Art endures and so will we. Be well and thank you for continued support. 

Steven Cushner, FAN - VIDEO

Steven Cushner, FAN - VIDEO

by HEMPHILL

05/22/2020

Steven Cushner is known for experimenting with motifs across all mediums, including drawings, paintings, and prints. Please enjoy this short video detailing the conception and evolution of a single motif in many forms, Fan.

Steven Cushner & Willem de Looper

Steven Cushner & Willem de Looper

At Hemphill Fine Arts, Steven Cushner and Willem de Looper Put In The Work

March 14, 2018

John Anderson, Washington City Paper

The recent exhibitions at Hemphill Fine Art are about putting in the time. It is likely most people don’t consider artists as ones who punch clocks to produce work. This is an exhibition that dispels the myth that an artist must be moved by some unforeseen “inspiration” as the modus operandi behind how an abstract artwork gets made.

Steven Cushner & Willem de Looper

Steven Cushner & Willem de Looper

In the galleries: Zenith celebrates 40 years with two exhibitions in two spaces

March 9, 2018

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

35 Days

35 Days

In the galleries: A colorful survey of Washington artists

July, 29, 2017

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

35 Days is "a museum-worthy survey of D.C. art."

35 Days

35 Days

35 Days

June 24, 2017

Stephanie Rudig, Washington City Paper

"This isn’t just a Color School roundup, however: The show includes artists deploying color to completely different ends, like the trippy pattern-based work of Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, as well as some varying landscape photography artists like Anne Rowland and William Christenberry."

Steven Cushner

Steven Cushner

A painter steps back to look at the big picture

December 12, 2014

Maura Judkis, The Washington Post

"'I wanted to do a painting that I didn’t know how to do,' he says. He didn’t know how to paint big."

REPRESENT

REPRESENT

At Hemphill Fine Arts, a retrospective show that's bigger than the gallery

November 15, 2013

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Several mini-shows nestle within “Represent,” Hemphill Fine Arts’s 20th-anniversary exhibition."

Steven Cushner: The Shaped Paintings, 1991-1993

Steven Cushner: The Shaped Paintings, 1991-1993

‘Journeys’ to the intersection of mind and matter

January 31, 2013

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"This year marks the 20th anniversary of George Hemphill’s gallery, Hemphill Fine Arts. And it’s been two decades since Steven Cushner stopped making rounded-edge canvases. Those two histories overlap in 'Steven Cushner: The Shaped Paintings, 1991-1993,' a Hemphill show that doesn’t seem backward-gazing."

Steven Cushner: The Shaped Paintings, 1991-1993

Steven Cushner: The Shaped Paintings, 1991-1993

Steven Cushner at Hemphill Fine Arts

January 11, 2013

Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper

"Twenty years later, Cushner’s work still needs time—but then, his paintings have always demanded first, second, and third looks from viewers."

Steven Cushner: The Shaped Paintings, 1991-1993

Steven Cushner: The Shaped Paintings, 1991-1993

Interview with Steven Cushner by Cara Ober, with an Introduction by Dan Treado

January 10, 2013

Cara Ober, Bmore Art

"Examining the images for this exhibit I am struck by how au courant these twenty-year-old paintings feel, in an age where droves of young, Stockholder-influenced painters break the flat cube in all manner of ways."

William Willis: Keeping It Alive & Steven Cushner: Works on Paper

William Willis: Keeping It Alive & Steven Cushner: Works on Paper

Galleries: William Willis & Steven Cushner

July 12, 2012

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Either way, the two men’s art is quite compatible. Both employ muted yet complex palettes and simple, even primal, forms."

Viewing Rm.

Viewing Rm.

"Viewing Rm." at Hemphill Fine Arts

February 4, 2011

Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper

"The exhibit is variegated, but like any good combine painting (and those are included too) it coheres pretty well despite itself, as giants like Robert Rauschenberg mix with such local figures as Joseph Mills, Mingering Mike and Colby Caldwell."

Viewing Rm.

Viewing Rm.

Familiar favorites: Once more, with feeling

January 28, 2011

Jessica Dawson, The Washington Post

"Here hang big, striking works by Tom Downing and Jacob Kainen. Here, too, are precious works on paper by Al Jensen and Alma Thomas. That Eugene Atget picture of the taxidermist's vitrine? I'll take it."

Steve Cushner: New Paintings

Steve Cushner: New Paintings

Steven Cushner at Hemphill Fine Arts

April 23, 2010

Maura Judkis, Washington City Paper

"Unlike some of his predecessors, though, Cushner does not strive for flawlessness, and the drips and imperfections of his paintings make them more hospitable."