Linling Lu

Linling Lu

With Her Latest Exhibition, Linling Lu Continues an Exploration of Circles and Colors

November 2, 2017

John Anderson, Washington City Paper

Linling Lu

Linling Lu

Exuberant circles hark back to another era

November 2, 2017

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

Linling Lu

Linling Lu

Circle of Life

October 23, 2017

Tina Coplan, Home & Design

Linling Lu bridges boundaries, from the Washington Color School to her own cultural heritage.

 

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."

Jacob Kainen

Jacob Kainen

In the galleries: A personal look at a maker of monuments

June 1, 2017

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Even at their most geometric, the paintings in 'Jacob Kainen' have a beguiling softness."

James Huckenpahler: Desktop

James Huckenpahler: Desktop

In the galleries: Myths and respite at the American University museum

May 11, 2017

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"With society’s essential structure called into question by the carnage of World War I, Dadaists began cutting and pasting at random. That project has been revived, 24/7, at 17th and L streets NW, where James Huckenpahler’s “Desktop” summons, overlaps and disperses words and pictures across two video screens."

Julie Wolfe: Quest for Third Paradise

Julie Wolfe: Quest for Third Paradise

In the galleries: Remapping the boundaries of drawing

March 3, 2017

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"The third paradise the D.C. artist seeks is one in which nature, technology and humanity all flourish. She evokes this in pictures that suggest both organic and electronic systems, or by juxtaposing black-and-white photos with areas of pure color."

Julie Wolfe: Quest for Third Paradise

Julie Wolfe: Quest for Third Paradise

Abstracting the Data of the Natural World with Colorful Geometries

March 1, 2017

Claire Voon, Hyperallergic

"Julie Wolfe tries to make sense of the natural world by gathering and categorizing all kinds of sights and objects that offer no scientific information but inspire search for meaning, like puzzles."

Early Alma Thomas and Downing, Mehring, Reed

Early Alma Thomas and Downing, Mehring, Reed

At Hemphill Fine Arts, a Survey of Washington Color School's Lesser-Known Stars

February 17, 2017

Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper

"It's a Washington Color School resurgence with new exhibitions featuring the work of Thomas Downing, Howard Mehring, Paul Reed, and Alma Thomas."

Early Alma Thomas, and Downing, Mehring, Reed

Early Alma Thomas, and Downing, Mehring, Reed

Enter a universe of dappled color in Howard Mehring show at AU museum

February 9, 2017

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"The Washington Color School is still much discussed in the D.C. art world — some might say too much so — and the artists are enjoying a posthumous commercial boom at galleries here and elsewhere."

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi

The Monocle rounds up the art scene in Washington with a trip to Hemphill Fine Arts, The National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

January 16, 2017

Kathlene Fox-Davies, The Monocle Arts Review

Everything became nearness and all the nearness turned to stone.

Everything became nearness and all the nearness turned to stone.

An Iranian-American Artist’s Unfinished Abstractions

December 29, 2016

Kriston Capps, Hyperallergic

"Everything became nearness and all the nearness turned to stone, the lyrical title for Ilchi’s first show at Hemphill Fine Arts, is full of graphical contradictions and circular motions."

Everything became nearness and all the nearness turned to stone.

Everything became nearness and all the nearness turned to stone.

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi at Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington DC

December 15, 2016

Isabella Mason, Blouin Artinfo

"The exhibition marks the debut of Iranian artist Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi at the gallery, with her works which majorly reflect an interest in the fusion of visual conventions of Western abstraction and Persian Art, evoking allegories of intrusion and invasion, that moves beyond the personal and take references of historical and contemporary socio-political conflicts."

Everything became nearness and all the nearness turned to stone.

Everything became nearness and all the nearness turned to stone.

In the galleries: A ‘Homage to Hillary’ is repurposed

December 15, 2016

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Rivulets of abstract color, often vivid blues and greens, are punctuated by precise imagery in Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi’s painting and mixed-media work."

Everything became nearness and all the nearness turned to stone.

Everything became nearness and all the nearness turned to stone.

At Hemphill Fine Arts, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi's Paintings Consume and Awe

December 2, 2016

Erin Devine, Washington City Paper

"The paintings of Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi immediately materialize before the viewer as something fresh and consuming."

Everything became nearness and all the nearness turned to stone.

Everything became nearness and all the nearness turned to stone.

Vision Quest: Young talent Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi sets DC's art scene ablaze with fiery abstractions

November 2016

Holly Mazar-Fox, DC Modern Luxury

"Seeking inspiration from the rich traditions of both Eastern and Western art practices, Javanshir Ilchi's alluring work speaks to her soul as an artist and her creative genius as weaving complex concepts together with visual fluidly." 

Elizabeth Catlett & Benny Andrews

Elizabeth Catlett & Benny Andrews

With the Smithsonian African American Museum Set to Open in Washington, the Entire City is Brimming with Black Art

September 20, 2016

Victoria L. Valentine, Culture Type

"Whether you were lucky enough to get an early preview or you are awaiting the appointed day when your timed pass will allow you to gain entry into the nation’s much-anticipated African American museum, to complement your experience, there are more than 10 African American art exhibitions in Washington worth visiting now and in the weeks and months to come."

Shoreline

Shoreline

At Carroll Square Gallery, Photographers Document Littoral Harbingers of Doom

September 19, 2016

Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper

"A photography exhibit about a politically contentious topic can easily turn into agitprop. But thanks to careful curation and wise use of the medium, Carroll Square Gallery’s exhibit about climate change serves as an understated and eloquent meditation on its subject."

Toki: Syth Series 005: Reverb

Toki: Syth Series 005: Reverb

In the galleries: From destruction, a call for transformation

August 19, 2016

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Rainbow fiber bridges have been erected at Hemphill Fine Art’s storefront location at 1700 L St. NW, but they divide rather than connect."

Pathways

Pathways

In the galleries: Lines are clearly drawn in ‘Art as Politics’

August 13, 2016

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"There are only four pieces in Carroll Square Gallery’s 'Pathways,' but each suggests a passage that stretches beyond the room. The three artists also use outlines and gestures in ways that suggest built (or buildable) forms."

Jacob Kainen, Thomas Nozkowski, Sean Scully

Jacob Kainen, Thomas Nozkowski, Sean Scully

In the galleries

August 4, 2016

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"The deft juxtaposition of soft-edged color and hard-edged form links the artists in Hemphill Fine Art’s 'Kainen, Scully, Nozkowski.'"

Julie Wolfe: Language of the Birds

Julie Wolfe: Language of the Birds

'Julie Wolfe: Language of the Birds' at Hemphill Fine Arts, Reviewed

May 19, 2016

Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper

"As a painter, Julie Wolfe doesn’t rely on any single visual system. Light and color are abundant in “Language of the Birds,” Wolfe’s solo show at Hemphill Fine Arts, her third, but those qualities are sometimes all that carries over from one work to the next. If Wolfe were a bird, she would be a hummingbird, moving from flower to flower in a way that looks frenetic but betrays precision."

Rockne Krebs: The Smoke Drawings

Rockne Krebs: The Smoke Drawings

In the galleries

April 22, 2016

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"They’re most evocative of Krebs’s larger project: to make something lasting out of the most transient materials."

PLAKOOKEE: Cosmic Modules

PLAKOOKEE: Cosmic Modules

PLAKOOKEE: Rachel Debuque and Justin Plakas

April 11, 2016

Paul Shortt, Bmore Art

"We want our work to be fun and colorful and while the space can be viewed all day long it really comes into it’s own at night. The light and the color jumps out into the street and mixes with everything else happening in that part of town."

Rockne Krebs: The Smoke Drawings

Rockne Krebs: The Smoke Drawings

"Rockne Krebs: The Smoke Drawings" at Hemphill Fine Arts, Reviewed

April 1, 2016

Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper

"More of a set of experiments than a fully articulated series, “The Smoke Drawings” comprises untitled paper works that the artist made using airbrush and candle smoke."

Rockne Krebs: The Smoke Drawings

Rockne Krebs: The Smoke Drawings

Hemphill Fine Arts Rockne Krebs: The Smoke Drawings Reviewed

March 29, 2016

Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D., East City Art

"In 1972 Krebs won a Guggenheim Foundation grant to pursue his experimental light works. However the grant allowed him time to create a series of works on paper that aimed at expressing the atmospheric and ephemeral qualities of his light works. These are the Smoke Drawings now on exhibit."

Colby Caldwell: how to survive your own death

Colby Caldwell: how to survive your own death

One corrupt file = A colorful, brilliant exhibition

March 14, 2016

Bronwen Latimer, The Washington Post

"These are photographs, Caldwell insists, because they have all the elements of a modern photograph: light, time, a capturing tool, and a subject."

Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman

Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman

Local Artist Conjures Distant Cultures To Examine Human Condition

March 1, 2016

Kate Oczypok, The Washington Diplomat

"The show includes intriguing, ethereal objects and tools of the trade for a high priestess."

Colby Caldwell: how to survive your own death

Colby Caldwell: how to survive your own death

Digital Photography + Phantom Practices: Colby Caldwell Photo+Craft

March 1, 2016

Ali McGhee, Asheville Grit

"Colby Caldwell has been thinking about the place of the digital in photography for a long time. His most recent show, How to Survive Your Own Death, is currently up at Washington, D.C.'s Hemphill Gallery, and much of it revolves around one corrupt PICT file that Caldwell has been exploring for years."

PLAKOOKEE: Cosmic Modules

PLAKOOKEE: Cosmic Modules

"Cosmic Modules: Rachel Debuque & Justin Plakas as PLAKOOKEE" at Hemphill Fine Arts, Reviewed

February 26, 2016

Margaret Carrigan, Washington City Paper
 
"Drawn from the kitschy extraterrestrial realms of sci-fi B-movies, the installation features small-scale neon landscapes by D.C.-based artists Rachel Debuque and Justin Plakas, who make up PLAKOOKEE."
Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman

Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman

Women’s artwork is never done

February 25, 2016

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Although Stout’s African heritage is central to her artistic vision, 'Tales of the Conjure Woman' also invokes the power of women’s traditional roles: maker, healer, counselor, seductress."

Colby Caldwell

Colby Caldwell

In the galleries: A photographer’s accident yielded artistic results

February 19, 2016

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Separating the large and small galleries at Hemphill Fine Arts is a room so tiny that it might be better called a niche. Sometimes it’s empty, but at the moment it holds a small 1999 print titled 'How to Survive Your Own Death (Whole).' Colby Caldwell made this array of random pixels, but not on purpose. It was an accident — one he has been exploiting for almost two decades."

Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman

Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman

'Reneé Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman' at the American University Museum, Reviewed

February 12, 2016

Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper

"'Tales of the Conjure Woman,' a sprawling survey of new work by the artist, marries the rootworker’s art with modernism."

Colby Caldwell: how to survive your own death

Colby Caldwell: how to survive your own death

"Colby Caldwell: how to survive your own death" at Hemphill Fine Arts, Reviewed

01/29/2016

Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper

"The exhibit is split between Caldwell’s surveys—prints from his dives into the abstract depths of corrupted digital interference—alongside more traditional still-life photos. Together, these series tease out what it means to construct photos. One series is no more natural than the other."

Renée Stout: Wild World

Renée Stout: Wild World

In the galleries: D.C. artist summons the supernatural in the everyday

December 11, 2015

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"The lights are low at Hemphill Fine Arts, as if in preparation for a seance. What sort of creature Renee Stout’s eerie 'Wild World' might summon from the darkness, though, is impossible to predict."

Julie Wolfe: GREEN ROOM

Julie Wolfe: GREEN ROOM

Artist’s colorful ‘science project’ is a commentary on world’s water supply

December 2, 2015

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Housed in some 500 glass bottles stacked on metal shelves, the water, sediment and vegetation samples on display in the window of 1700 L St. NW look like a science project. But the contents of the jars, illuminated from behind, also glow with vivid reds, purples and blues, resembling a color-field painting that has been disassembled and liquefied."

this is light

this is light

In the galleries

November 13, 2015

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Neon tubes or LEDs illuminate most of the work in Carroll Square Gallery’s 'This Is Light,' a show of four East Coast artists, but the most intriguing piece features an old-fashioned slide projector."

William Christenberry

William Christenberry

William Christenberry

October 22, 2015

Anne Reeve, Art in America

this is light

this is light

Reviewed: 'This Is Light' at Carroll Square Gallery

October 5, 2015

Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper

Louis Jacobson addresses each work by artists Lisa Dillin, Esther Ruiz, Pamela Gwaltney, and Tommy Bobo featured in this is light

Renée Stout: Wild World

Renée Stout: Wild World

"Renée Stout: Wild World" at Hemphill Fine Arts

October 2, 2015

Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper

"'Wild World,' the artist’s fifth solo show at Hemphill, envisions a steampunk universe that—bear with me—has nothing to do with Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, polished brass, or even Europe for that matter. Stout’s found a portal to a place that blends hoodoo and Santería with gadgets and gizmos.

Workingman Collective: SATELLITE

Workingman Collective: SATELLITE

‘Satellite,’ an artistic homage to a relic of a restless age

July 16, 2015

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"The local collaborative-art group, whose core members are Tom Ashcraft and Peter Winant, began constructing an oversize wooden model of Intelsat I in April. The sculpture will be on display in a vacant storefront at 17th and L streets NW until the end of the month, when it will literally disappear. Because the doors are too small to accommodate the mock satellite, the artists must disassemble it to remove it."

William Christenberry

William Christenberry

William Christenberry at Hemphill Fine Arts, Reviewed

July 3, 2015

Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper

"Grace and rot are twinned in Christenberry’s photos."

William Christenberry

William Christenberry

Artist Spotlight: William Christenberry

June 21, 2015

Clarissa Wittenberg, District Journal

"This is not really an art review; this is a reverence, an adoration."

William Christenberry

William Christenberry

William Christenberry at Hemphill

June 12, 2015

Caroline Jones, Washington City Paper

"In his latest show at Hemphill, viewers will be able to see the South as its cities have evolved from quiet streets dotted with retro cars to major urban centers over the course of Christenberry’s career."

William Christenberry

William Christenberry

After a lifetime of capturing what was, Christenberry faces what is

June 11, 2015

Neely Tucker, The Washington Post

"The show features 26 pieces, from his iconic large-format photographs of fading Southern buildings to the smaller snapshots made with his legendary Kodak Brownie."

Alma Thomas: Thirteen Studies for Paintings

Alma Thomas: Thirteen Studies for Paintings

Alma Thomas is Given Pride of Place at the White House

April 17, 2015

Victoria L. Valentine, Culture Type

"The instantly recognizable work of Alma W. Thomas (1891-1978) graces the Old Family Dining Room at the White House." 

Linear Function

Linear Function

In the galleries: Line and function intersect

April 10, 2015

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"The work in 'Linear Function,' a three-artist show at Carroll Square Gallery, is stronger on line than functionality."

Willem de Looper: Stained Paintings: 1964-1970

Willem de Looper: Stained Paintings: 1964-1970

In the galleries: A painter’s progress revealed

February 27, 2015

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"The Hemphill Fine Arts show starts with two tentative works from 1964: The Dutch-bred D.C. painter (and onetime Phillips Collection curator) sketched acrylic pigment on the raw canvas for which Washington Color School innovators Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland were known. By 1967, de Looper was filling the frame, at least in the works on paper included here."

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."

PHOTO/DIARY

PHOTO/DIARY

In the galleries

November 14, 2014

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Photos don’t merely document the world; they become part of it."

Alma Thomas: Thirteen Studies for Paintings

Alma Thomas: Thirteen Studies for Paintings

Piece of Work: Alma Thomas' "Untitled" at Hemphill Fine Arts

October 30, 2014

John Anderson, The Washington Post

"From a distance, the work appears to be nothing more than a sequence of paint splotches, varied in hue, in only a couple of discrete widths, arranged into haphazard columns across the paper: It’s Gene Davis meets Clyfford Still distilled into overgrown patches of color, like Seurat stipples on an American (read: McDonalds) diet."

Selections from the Dolly Langdon and Aldus H. Chapin Collection

Selections from the Dolly Langdon and Aldus H. Chapin Collection

In the Galleries: A Washington Color School reunion

July 12, 2014

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Made between 1958 and 1986, these 19 works constitute an impressive sampler of Washington color painting, although they include one by an artist who never lived in the District, Karl Stanley Benjamin, and one by a representational artist, Michael Clark (whose 'Lincoln Memorial' features bars of luminous color)."

Martin Kotler: Cityscapes

Martin Kotler: Cityscapes

Cityscapes: A Visit to Hemphill Gallery

June 2014

Dana Lehmer, American Society of Interior Designers Washington Metro

"Martin's landscapes of Washington, DC define the enigma of our ever-changing panorama. I encourage you to take the time to see Washington through this lens."

Martin Kotler: Cityscapes

Martin Kotler: Cityscapes

Galleries: ‘Cityscapes'

May 16, 2014

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"The artist depicts everyday aspects of the city where he has worked for more than three decades, so more dramatic angles would be unseemly."

Real Beauty

Real Beauty

Genius or Gobbledygook? “Real Beauty” at Carroll Square Gallery

May 13, 2014

Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper

"If you’re looking to reconcile representation and abstraction, as the exhibit appears to want to do, then Bisson’s bravura canvas is about as appropriate a bridge as can be imagined."

Paper Paradox: Material and Meaning

Paper Paradox: Material and Meaning

In the galleries

April 11, 2014

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Everything you need to know may be digitized these days, yet paper and books have a tactile appeal that can’t be replaced."

Marley Dawson: Statics and Dynamics

Marley Dawson: Statics and Dynamics

Galleries: Marley Dawson

February 28, 2014

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"What’s left for viewers who weren’t present for the big bang? In the case of Marley Dawson, the forensic evidence is a series of smudgy black circles or arcs burned into the white walls of Hemphill."

Paper Paradox: Material and Meaning

Paper Paradox: Material and Meaning

Reviewed: "Paper Paradox" at Carroll Square Gallery

February 10, 2014

Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper

"The material for this exhibit is no Dunder-Mifflin overstock product; when the paper in “Paper Paradox” is handmade, even “flat” isn’t flat."

Marley Dawson: Statics and Dynamics

Marley Dawson: Statics and Dynamics

"Marley Dawson: Statics and Dynamics" at Hemphill, Reviewed

January 31, 2014

Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper

"The fact that the 5-billion-year clock has been invented—and is doomed to obsolescence—makes it easy to see why Dawson, an Australian, seems so drawn to old-fashioned machines that are crafted by hand and designed to be experienced, even doted on, by the user."

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."

Raising Dust

Raising Dust

D.C. gallery shows: Carroll Square

August 10, 2013

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"The five artists in 'Raising Dust,' at Carroll Square Gallery, all work with earth."

Artist-Citizen, Washington, DC

Artist-Citizen, Washington, DC

A quartet of gallery summer group shows

July 12, 2013

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"If the personal is political, these grandiose, dysfunctional structures are calling artist-citizens to take to the streets (or, more likely, cul-de-sacs)."

Artist-Citizen, Washington, DC

Artist-Citizen, Washington, DC

"Artist-Citizen" at Hemphill, Reviewed

June 14, 2013

Matthew Smith, Washington City Paper

"The show focuses on artistic civic engagement—artists that are out of their studios and walking the streets. Mostly culled from the gallery’s stable of artists, 'Artist-Citizen' presents works that speak through the city itself."

Julie Wolfe: Rewilding

Julie Wolfe: Rewilding

Galleries: Julie Wolfe

May 10, 2013

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"For millennia, pigments were derived directly from plants, metals and gems. More recently, synthetic dyes were developed, and human-made contaminants began discoloring the natural world. These are among the motifs of 'Rewilding,' Julie Wolfe’s show at Hemphill Fine Arts."

 

Julie Wolfe: Rewilding

Julie Wolfe: Rewilding

"Rewilding," Reviewed

April 5, 2013

Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper

"'Rewilding,' a solo show by Julie Wolfe at Hemphill Fine Arts, gestures at an ambivalent state between nature and civilization: reclamation, either in terms of preservation or, perhaps, something darker and more apocalyptic.

Julie Wolfe: Rewilding

Julie Wolfe: Rewilding

Gallery opening of the week: ‘Julie Wolfe: Rewilding’

March 21, 2013

Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post

"With this title, the Washington-based painter of nature-themed abstraction questions our disconnection with nature, inviting us to reevaluate our place in it."

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."

Linling Lu: Lilac

Linling Lu: Lilac

Gallery exhibits feature lots of abstract ideas

December 13, 2012

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"However the paintings are organized, their most impressive aspects are their purity and precision."

Linling Lu: Lilac

Linling Lu: Lilac

“Linling Lu: Lilac” at Hemphill, reviewed

November 16, 2012

Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper

"Washington has for too long grappled with the legacy of the city’s brief moment in the art world’s spotlight; why shouldn’t a recently arrived painter from Guizhou Province, China?"

William Christenberry: Assembled Memory

William Christenberry: Assembled Memory

Galleries: William Christenberry’s Southern roots show in ‘Assembled Memory’

October 4, 2012

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"William Christenberry has lived in Washington for more than 40 years, but he still regularly sifts the soil of his childhood home, rural Alabama. The South nurtures, inspires and probably terrifies him, as it has other noted artists and writers from the region."

William Christenberry: Assembled Memory

William Christenberry: Assembled Memory

Reviewed: William Christenberry at Hemphill Fine Arts

September 12, 2012

Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper

"Models of humble buildings covered in a layer of creamy white? Got ‘em. Ridiculously rusted road signs? Yep. Detailed images of KKK hoods? They’re here, too."

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."

William Willis: Keeping It Alive

William Willis: Keeping It Alive

VItamin A: William Willis' "Still Life With Grey"

June 21, 2012

John Anderson, Washington City Paper

"The large, jagged forms and muted, achromatic palettes of William Willis' current exhibition at Hemphill Fine Arts are what can be expected from the 70-year-old artist."

Space is the Place

Space is the Place

Reviewed: Mariah Anne Johnson and John Watson at Carroll Square Gallery

May 15, 2012

Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper

"One wonders if the conceit behind Carroll Square Gallery’s 'Space Is the Place' is meant half-jokingly."

Washington Realism

Washington Realism

Reviewed: “Washington Realism” at Carroll Square Gallery

April 2, 2012

Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper

"'Washington Realism' bills itself, accurately, as an exhibit in which the artists ignore the 'glitz and glam' of Washington’s political culture."

Colby Caldwell: gun shy

Colby Caldwell: gun shy

Colby Caldwell fuses traditional and digital with his art

March 30, 2012

Danielle O'Steen, The Washington Post

"Caldwell’s subject matter, as it turns out, is only the vehicle for his greater dialogue with the history of his medium. He questions what fits into the definition of photography. Does a scanned object count? Must photographers use a camera? Must prints offer a certain truth, in the spirit of a documentary?"

Franz Jantzen: Ostinato

Franz Jantzen: Ostinato

Galleries: Franz Jantzen’s ‘Ostinato’ at Hemphill Fine Arts

March 1, 2012

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"In the tradition of pre-digital photography, Jantzen sometimes considers ordinary things: a ragged storefront, a tree stump or his hand holding a book. But digital imagery, for Jantzen at least, leads to large and often architectural subjects."

Willem de Looper: Paintings 1968-72

Willem de Looper: Paintings 1968-72

Whirlwind tour through the District’s many painting exhibits

February 9, 2012

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"By the late 1960s, he was employing the techniques pioneered by Morris Louis (who died in 1962), using multiple washes of thin acrylic pigment to produce rich tints and billowing forms. Louis called one of his series 'Veils,' and 'Purple Veil' is among the four large de Looper canvases in Hemphill Fine Arts’ 'Paintings 1968-72.'"

Franz Jantzen: Ostinato

Franz Jantzen: Ostinato

"Franz Jantzen: Ostinato" at Hemphill Fine Arts, Reviewed

February 3, 2012

Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper

"Franz Jantzen's aerial rites."

Robin Rose: THE BIG PAYBACK

Robin Rose: THE BIG PAYBACK

"Robin Rose: The Big Payback," Reviewed

November 25, 2011

Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper

"The titles of his abstract paintings reference Jimi Hendrix, Tom Waits, John McLaughlin, and others, all of them gods of rock, jazz, soul, or their fusions. With the paintings themselves, however, Rose is working more angularly, summoning—to my mind, anyway—deliberate art-punk acts like Slint, Shellac, and Fugazi."

Robin Rose: THE BIG PAYBACK

Robin Rose: THE BIG PAYBACK

Galleries: ‘The Big Payback’

November 24, 2011

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Circa 1979, Washington’s artists and punk rockers were spending a lot of time at each other’s places."

Workingman Collective: Prospects and Provisions

Workingman Collective: Prospects and Provisions

Workingman Collective

November 1, 2011

Anne Reeve, Art in America

"The artworks on display (all 2011) are invitations."

KABAKOV: Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

KABAKOV: Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

Ukrainian-born artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov like to think big

September 22, 2011

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"The exhibition features pleasant drawings and simple messages, as well as a nook with a mattress where a child might curl up to nap, watched over by 3D illustrations mounted low on the wall."

Workingman Collective: Prospects and Provisions

Workingman Collective: Prospects and Provisions

Workingman Collective’s conceptual, outdoorsy art at Hemphill

July 7, 2011

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"The congenial, if slightly odd, event was rendered a little stranger by its setting: an elegantly constructed cherry-wood picnic table with a built-in loop of elevated model-railroad track. A three-car G-scale train trundled a few feet above the lunchers’ heads, as Ashcraft and Winant discussed Heidegger, ideation, go-go music and a project they’re planning for Haitian orphanages."

Pattern: Three Generations of Shape and Color

Pattern: Three Generations of Shape and Color

Visual variations on a ‘Pattern’ at Carroll Square Gallery

June 30, 2011

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"'Pattern' addresses the link between ’60s abstraction and its present-day descendants by placing a 1967 work at the show’s center."

Anne Rowland

Anne Rowland

With ‘Landscapes,’ Anne Rowland gives imperfection a close-up

April 28, 2011

Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

"Working primarily in western Loudoun County, not far from her childhood home in Great Falls, Rowland began by photographing simple rural scenes."

Anne Rowland

Anne Rowland

Anne Rowland at Hemphill Fine Arts

April 22, 2011

John Anderson, Washington City Paper

"The only trouble with Anne Rowland’s exhibit at Hemphill is that you may find yourself fighting between looking at her images and looking at how they were made."

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."

Renée Stout: The House of Chance and Mischief

Renée Stout: The House of Chance and Mischief

Renee Stout explores a dream in 'The House of Chance and Mischief'

October 14, 2010

Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post

"If it sounds like a straightforward, if slightly poetic, definition of the human subconscious, that's pretty much what it is. The architectural structure Stout refers to is a metaphor taken from an old, recurring dream of hers, in which the artist would find herself wandering through a familiar-looking house whose inner doors opened onto rooms she never knew existed."

Mary Early: Sculpture

Mary Early: Sculpture

Critics Pick: Mary Early

July, 2010

Kriston Capps, Artforum

"That Mary Early’s work qualifies as post-Minimalist is plain. By first building components and then balancing them against one another in roughly circular structures that have not been mapped out in advance, she largely allows early decisions in her process regarding the form of her pieces to dictate the final shapes of her assembled work."

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."

William Christenberry: Vintage Kodak Brownies

William Christenberry: Vintage Kodak Brownies

William Christenberry's Kodak Brownie snapshots capture reality of South

February 14, 2010

Blake Gopnik, The Washington Post

"In the photos at Hemphill, you can almost feel the moment when Christenberry, on yet another trip home, spots a church or a Coke sign or a car that interests him, squares it up in his Brownie and snaps a record of it."

William Christenberry: Vintage Kodak Brownies

William Christenberry: Vintage Kodak Brownies

William Christenberry at Hemphill Fine Arts

February 5, 2010

Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper

"Is there any visual artist whose work is shown more often in Washington galleries than William Christenberry’s? Probably not, yet seeing his 13-image exhibit at Hemphill Fine Arts, one has to admit his work usually merits another look."

John Dreyfuss: Enigma

John Dreyfuss: Enigma

Galleries: Jessica Dawson on John Dreyfuss at Hemphill and Katzen Arts Center

September 25, 2009

Jessica Dawson, The Washington Post

"And so, thanks to Dreyfuss, the art world enters the theater of war."

John Dreyfuss: Enigma

John Dreyfuss: Enigma

John Dreyfuss' "Enigma" at the Katzen Arts Center

September 25, 2009

Maura Judkis, Washington City Paper

"John Dreyfuss’ latest installation, of a deconstructed submarine rising to the shallows, is deep."

Robin Rose: Cypher & Endeavor

Robin Rose: Cypher & Endeavor

Two Shows Reveal Different Sides of Robin Rose

April 24, 2009

Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post

"'Cypher' is sly proof that you can teach an old dog new -- and, in this case, fascinating -- tricks."

Robin Rose: Cypher

Robin Rose: Cypher

Robin Rose Exhibit: The Story Behind the Artist

April 24, 2009

Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post

"Robin Rose isn't just a painter. He's also a collector of modernist furniture, several examples of which appear throughout 'Robin Rose: Cypher': a dining room set, metal patio furniture, etc."

Mingering Mike: The Amazing Career of an Imaginary Soul Superstar

Mingering Mike: The Amazing Career of an Imaginary Soul Superstar

A Recording Artist, Making a Splash Without a Sound?

July 7, 2007

Jessica Dawson, The Washington Post

"'Mingering Mike' is the alias of a 56-year-old District man who, as a teen growing up in the late '60s and early '70s, imagined soul music stardom to the tune of 52 albums and twenty 45s. Each one of which he drew himself -- yes, drew -- in pen and ink on drugstore-bought construction paper. The records inside? Cardboard painted with grooves."