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Gallerist at Home: Margaret Heiner by New American Paintings

Nestled in DC’s Georgetown neighborhood, Margaret Heiner’s cozy gallery Heiner Contemporary, is quite perfect for a bustling college town, as it offers visitors young, fresh, and contemporary art.

Heiner has a keen eye for contemporary art, which at her home, serves as quite a compliment to her husband’s passion for Renaissance and Baroque art.  Together, their home reflects their combined love and zeal for art, while also showcasing their different tastes and preferences. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

Bedroom Grouping, featuring artists: Alexander Gorlizki, R. A. Miller, Edwina White, Skylar Fein, Tony Feher, Avery Lawrence, Dawn Black, Walead Beshty, David Kramer, iona rozeal brown, William Powhida, Theodore “Ted” Turner. Photo courtesy of Nicole Lanteri.

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The Writing’s on the Wall: a Q&A with David Kramer by New American Paintings

Considering current events, it may be easy to wonder if David Kramer’s paintings have a slight political bent. Much like the characters in his work, we’ve had to collectively reassess our own aspirations amid the failed promises of the credit and housing bubbles. But taking stock of one’s own life is far from a political act, and Kramer’s work is probably too introspective to be social activism. In his paintings, Kramer, who is a child of the 70s, responds with disappointment to the glossy promises of 1970s lifestyle magazine ads. His response can begin to seem like a latently familiar one, and whether we perceive this personally or collectively is likely to depend on the viewer.

Modern Living
, 2011, Ink and bleach on paper, 19 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches, courtesy of Heiner Contemporary and the artist

Heiner Contemporary in Washington, D.C. is currently exhibiting a solo show by New York-based David Kramer titled Prequel to the Sequel: Waiting for a Hollywood Ending, which runs through October 22. I caught up with the artist to ask him a few questions about his work. His answers, and photos from Prequel to the Sequel, after the jump. — Matthew Smith, D.C. contributor.

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Capitol Ideas: Heiner Contemporary opens in DC by openstudiospress

Photo: Will Teass

With a few exceptions, most art galleries left the DC neighborhood of Georgetown ten years ago in search of cheaper rent. Many of them settled on the 14th Street corridor and the 1515 building before gentrification and skyrocketing rents recently pushed some of the bigger players toward more economically diverse pastures in the H St neighborhood. (As recently as a few days ago, another gallery announced their departure from 14th street, citing “unsustainable increases in rent.”)

All of this makes Heiner Contemporary’s new storefront space in Georgetown a bit of a throwback. Located in the quaint and quirky Book Hill section of Georgetown, the gallery is just far enough away from the trendy waterfront and the brutish bar scene on M Street to make the trip worthwhile. Also worth the trip is their inaugural show, Polychromatic Projection, featuring the work of Brooklyn-based painter, Elizabeth Huey. I visited Heiner Contemporary last week and sat down with owner/director Margaret Heiner to talk about setting up shop in Georgetown, her plans for her new gallery space,  and Huey’s work. Our conversation after the jump.   —Matthew Smith, DC Contributor

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