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"Untitled," 1978 by Alexander Calder

Cutting Edge: The National Gallery’s East Building Reopens

Well worth the three-year wait, the newly redesigned and refurbished East Building of the National Gallery of Art has reopened. Perry Chin, a colleague of I.M. Pei, architect of the original, undertook the extensive, if subtle reworking. First opened in 1978 to house modern and contemporary art, the building is comprised of interlocking triangles reflecting […]

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"Paris Street, Rainy Day," 1877

The Most Famous Impressionist You’ve Never Heard of

Gustave Caillebotte? The name doesn’t spring to mind if you’re asked to rattle off a few well-known Impressionist artists. Yet he was a master of all they sought to do—to paint light, employ unusual perspectives, and render life as it exists—raw, direct, unidealized. Discover him for yourself at a wonderful show at the National Gallery […]

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"Little Girl in Blue Armchair," 1878, by Mary Cassatt

The Best of Friends, the Best of Collaborators—Degas/Cassatt at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

The most satisfying art shows—and this is one of them—pair beautiful, challenging, or even disturbing art with informative behind-the-scenes information, be it historical, technical, personal, or in this case, all three. Close friends for nearly 40 years, Mary Cassatt said that knowing Edgar Degas had “changed my life,” while Degas, upon first seeing Cassatt’s work, said, […]

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Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC’s performance in honor of Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909 – 1929: When Art Danced with Music

  As an accompaniment to this fabulous show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, students from the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC performed excerpts from L’apres-midi d’un Faune (Afternoon of a Faun) and The Firebird on July 13, 2013 in two standing-room-only performances on the mezzanine just outside of the […]

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