Mar 022011

Sunday is the closing day of  Washington Color and Light, an exhibit at the Corcoran full of, well, local color. It features work by D.C. artists starting from the late sixties, especially large works exploring color. It’s in the light-filled upper galleries, and as promised, I felt like I was just soaking in color and light.

Large work by Gene Davis

I was fascinated by the large paintings, especially the contrast between the huge scale of the works and the tiny details that made them up. Take this one by Gene Davis.

Close-up of large work by Gene Davis

The canvas is more than 12 feet wide. But the little pencil lines are still exposed, which gives you a glimpse into the painstaking work it must have taken to fill in the dozens of square feet with narrow lines of pink paint.

"Pink Alert" by Jules Olitski, 1966

I walked by this piece by Jules Olitsy (one of a few non-Washingtonians shown) a couple times before it hit me how complex the painting is.

Close-up of "Pink Alert" by Jules Olitski, 1966

Check out the layering of the feet-long brush strokes and what looks like sprayed-on color.

If you miss the exhibit this weekend, it does reopen this summer…but why wait?

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