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Matthew Smith’s Concrete Abstract at Heiner Contemporary by New American Paintings

Our DC Blog Contributor, Matthew Smith, has curated a fantastic group exhibition at Heiner Contemporary called, Concrete Abstract, which runs through April 20th. In the show, which includes artists Seth Adelsberger, Lisa Dillin, Jeremy Flick, Steven Frost, Sue Johnson, Becca Kallem, Patrick McDonough, Danielle Mysliwiec, and Matthew Smith, the curator “…explores the confluence of abstraction with the everyday” As the press release continues, “The works in the show cultivate a non-representational visual language that emerges from familiar ready-made objects, whether these objects are found or alluded to compositionally. Their formal and functional properties provide the contextual framework for works that are ultimately understood visually via their entanglement with abstraction, even as they remain securely tethered to the real, concrete world.”

After the jump, see more images from the exhibition and read more from the press release.

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Jeremy Flick | Contrapuntal Derivation no. 744703807, 2013, acrylic and gouache on panel, 8 x 8 inches

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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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By Any Means Necessary: Q&A with Chip Allen by New American Paintings
December 20, 2011, 8:15 am
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Chip Allen’s letting loose. He’s squeegeed, splattered, and gesturally brushed over his geometric abstractions, and by the looks of it action painting’s winning out. His loose, intuitive marks and smudges run interference across seemingly systematic lines, the resulting balance a taut non-resolution that tugs from opposing ends, even if one end does so a bit harder. But there’s no subjugation here. Amalgamation is more like it, and a methodical contemplation on the all-encompassing potential of his medium — oil in his most recent paintings. Brooklyn-based Chip Allen (NAP #75, 2007 MFA Annual) is exhibiting in a group show at Heiner Contemporary in Washington D.C. I took the opportunity to catch up with the artist and ask him a few questions. His answers and more images of his work after the jump. — Matthew Smith, Washington, D.C. Contributor


Chip Allen | LALC 01, 2011, Oil on Paper, 22 x 26 in, courtesy of the artist and Heiner Contemporary
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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.


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, 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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