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Addison/Ripley Fine Art: Jonathan Monaghan, “Soft Power VIII”, 2024, Giclée on Hahnemühle Photo Luster mounted on ragboard, 32 x 42 inches, ed. of 3. Image courtesy of bitforms gallery

Addison/Ripley
Jonathan Monaghan
“Power Trip”
Through May 25
addisonripleyfineart.com

Jonathan Monaghan’s latest exhibition at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, in collaboration with bitforms gallery, is a riveting exploration of art and technology. The show features Monaghan’s groundbreaking “Power Trip” series—photography and animation that blend Renaissance influences with modern digital aesthetics. In this collection, Monaghan reimagines historical portraits using elements from contemporary consumer electronics and furniture, presenting figures as modern aristocrats consumed by materialism and digital technology. These portraits merge the opulence of Raphael and Bronzino with the surreal, crafting a narrative about power and technological impact on human identity.

The visually lush and thought-provoking exhibition challenges viewers to reflect on the pervasive influence of digital culture. Monaghan employs cutting-edge generative algorithms to probe the intersections of technology, consumerism, and power which resonate with contemporary societal fears. “Power Trip” invites audiences to reconsider traditional artistic motifs in the context of today’s technological landscape. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in the dynamic between art, technology, and society. 1670 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and by appointment. 202-338-5180

The National
Building Museum
“Frank Lloyd Wright’s Southwestern Pennsylvania”
Through March 17, 2025
www.nbm.org

“Frank Lloyd Wright’s Southwestern Pennsylvania,” currently showcased at The National Building Museum, is a collaborative effort between The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Fallingwater, and curators Scott W. Perkins and Jeremiah William McCarthy. The exhibition offers a deep dive into Wright’s architectural designs from the 1930s to the 1950s, with a particular focus on Southwestern Pennsylvania. It highlights both his realized and unrealized projects, illustrating how Wright’s pioneering ideas might have reshaped urban, suburban, and rural landscapes.

The National Building Museum: Sketch-Point View Residences.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), architect, Point View Residences for the Edgar J. Kaufmann Charitable Trust (Scheme II), 1952, Ink, pencil, and color pencil on tracing paper, 34-1/2 x 29 in., The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York), 5310.001
Animation Still -Point View Residences.
Skyline Ink Animators + Illustrators, designers. Project for Point View Residences for the Edgar J. Kaufmann Charitable Trust, digital illustration, 2023. This image was prepared with material kindly made available by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Courtesy of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. All rights reserved.

The display features an immersive multimedia experience created by Skyline Ink Animators + Illustrators. This element of the exhibition brings to life five of Wright’s never-built projects through advanced 3D rendering and cinematic techniques, offering a glimpse into what these structures might have looked like. Visitors are invited to an enhanced viewing experience in a theater setting, complete with a musical score by Daniel May and Marty Ashby, which deepens the exploration of Wright’s architectural vision.

Additionally, the exhibition places Wright’s work within a broader context, emphasizing his role as an urban planner and his influence on notable figures such as Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr., a key proponent of Wright’s involvement in Pittsburgh’s architectural development. By presenting both completed and speculative projects, the exhibition aligns with the Museum’s themes of Wonder and Innovation, prompting visitors to contemplate the transformative impact of architecture. 401 F Street NW.  Open Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 202.272.2448.

Pazo Fine Art
Karin Davie and Caitlin Teal Price
“The Reality Principle”
Through May 25
www.pazofineart.com

The latest exhibition featuring artists Davie and Price transports audiences into a captivating realm where abstract art intersects the microscopic and cosmic. Dedicated to form and meticulous in process, the artists present immersive experiences that blur tangible and ethereal boundaries. Davie’s seven pieces showcase her expertise in rhythmic, wave-like forms across variously shaped canvases, exploring undulating patterns that play with edges and spaces. Her technique of color gradation and strategic wave arrangement around central voids mimics celestial phenomena, producing an effect similar to shimmering light.

Pazo Fine Art: Installation view, “The Reality Principle”. Photograph by Kristofer Heng. Image courtesy Pazo Fine Art.

Price contributes nine drawings that demonstrate her skill in intricate mark-making. She meticulously etches fine lines into photographs, capturing fleeting interplays of light and shadow. This labor-intensive process emphasizes the physicality of her artistic endeavor, embedding a tangible presence in each piece. Both artists display an athletic-like physicality in their work. Davie’s precise brushwork and Price’s detailed etchings require unfaltering precision and endurance, akin to an athlete’s controlled movements.

Titled “The Reality Principle,” the exhibition draws from psychoanalytic theory, symbolizing the artists’ disciplined approach to transcending immediate sensory experiences. This controlled practice invites viewers to oscillate between the microscopic and the infinite, engaging in a deeper contemplation of physical and metaphysical realms. 1932 9th Street NW, #C102, (Enter from 9 1/2 Street), Washington, DC. Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 571-315-5279.

The Phillips Collection
“Where We Meet”
Through August 15, 2024
www.phillipscollection.org

The Phillips Collection, in partnership with Howard University Gallery of Art, unveils ‘Where We Meet: Selections from the Howard University Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection.’ This unique exhibition celebrates the longstanding bond shared by these iconic Washington, DC institutions, a bond that has flourished for nearly a hundred years.

The Phillips Collection: Loïs Mailou Jones, “Jennie”, 1943, Oil on canvas, 36 × 28 1/2 in., Howard University Gallery of Art

Highlighting this exhibition are works by influential artists who have shaped the early phases of both institutions. Among them are Howard University’s own Loïs Mailou Jones and James Lesesne Wells, whose works have left a profound imprint on the art community. The exhibit also includes pivotal works from each gallery, demonstrating the shared commitment to art collection, preservation, and public engagement.

This exhibit not only showcases significant artistic achievements but also illuminates the shared histories and mutual growth of The Phillips and Howard. It highlights their collaborative efforts in nurturing a space for art appreciation and education, reflecting their evolving partnership built on a mutual passion for the arts.  1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Reservations encouraged; members may walk-in. 202-387-2151

Phil Hutinet is the founding publisher of East City Art, DC’s visual art journal of record. For more information visit www.eastcityart.com