Best Gallery

City Paper

405 E. Oliver St., (410) 528-1968,

On top of hosting frequent theater and dance performances, workshops, talks, and a cinema series, and providing studio spaces to over forty artists, Area 405 has continued to put on compelling exhibitions that are complemented by the venue’s antique, industrial, and very Baltimore warehouse interior. One of this year’s Sondheim finalists, founder Stewart Watson runs the nonprofit gallery with a keen sense of what matters—and should matter—in the city’s art scene, while promoting both emerging and established artists. Two shows in particular, “InDirect Effect” and “Macricrocosm,” left a lasting impression on us, as they challenged our relationship to the work and the world beyond the gallery’s walls.

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