Visual Art

  • Staring at the Sondheim

    Staring at the Sondheim

    The Sondheim finalists, reviewed—and inching toward an art practice based in resistance

  • Artist Gloria Garrett makes art with makeup

    Artist Gloria Garrett makes art with makeup

    Gloria Garrett is moving her hands. She is moving her arms in wide circles. She is pacing, gesticulating, dancing, and talking. Gloria Garrett talks loudly: "Those dolls are made from old sheets! You cover them with wax paper and then iron them. That wreath is made from a hanger. This is the picture...

  • Photographer Shawn Young sees Baltimore differently

    Photographer Shawn Young sees Baltimore differently

    I sat on North Avenue one afternoon in mid-October during an abnormally hot day, the kind when global warming smirks at us, specifically Baltimore. I was there to catch up with Sandtown-Winchester photographer Murshaun Young, Shawn to friends, "Freeze" to some, @MrFreezePhotography to his Instagram...

  • Contact Sheet: Shawn Young

    Contact Sheet: Shawn Young

  • "About Face" at the Creative Alliance carves out room for a new kind of canonical portraiture

    "About Face" at the Creative Alliance carves out room for a new kind of canonical portraiture

    While I was observing a T-shaped portrait of an afroed woman who stares off into the distance, I overheard a conversation a man was having with his friend about the artist, Tim Okamura. "I was just surprised…" the man gasped, "I just assumed that Okamura was, you know, black. Because, just look...

  • Top Ten Art Shows of 2016

    Top Ten Art Shows of 2016

    1. Abigail DeVille, “Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars” via The Contemporary at the Peale Museum There is always more to say about this work, an installation by Abigail DeVille in the former Peale Museum, commissioned by The Contemporary, which is why it’s our number one art show...

  • The Year in Photos

    The Year in Photos

    We're not gonna lie, we're happy to see the tail end of 2016. This particularly tumultuous year began with a massive snow dump in the city that stranded residents and threatened the city's homeless with frigid temperatures. It ended on a similarly bleak note, with Donald Trump preparing to move...

  • On separating hunter from prey in Phaan Howng's wryly subversive installation wonders

    On separating hunter from prey in Phaan Howng's wryly subversive installation wonders

    Phaan Howng's "Biological Controls: If It Bleeds We Can Kill It" may be the closest you can get to a waking hallucination in Baltimore right now. The installation occupies the one-room project gallery on School 33's second floor, though the verb "occupy" barely conveys how utterly the installation...

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