Posts Tagged 'Corcoran'

Chuck Close Up.

Starting this Saturday, the Corcoran Gallery of Art will host a special exhibition of portraiture works from famed Chuck Close. Close experimented with innovative techniques that push the limits in painting. Entitled Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration, the exhibit which runs through September 12th, will feature more than 100 of his finished works will be on display to convey to visitors just how cool and deep a portrait can be.

The Corcoran web site explains, “When making a print, Close and his collaborators complete every stage of their process —from translating an image onto a matrix, to carving wood blocks, etching plates, and applying multiple layers of color—by hand. The mammoth scale and technical complexity of many of his portraits, combined with this time-consuming process, often means that a single print may take years to complete.”

Wow.

Respect the Past and Focus on the Future.

That’s the mantra New York designer extraordinaire Thomas O’Brien lives by. This Monday night at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, O’Brien will mesmerize local designers, retailers, journalists, bloggers, taste makers, and customers of his ever-expanding lines of home furnishings and accessories. He will notably talk about his past styling work with Polo Ralph Lauren and Donna Karen and sure to discuss his new book “American Modern” at 7 p.m. And those of you who are Target fans like moi, will hear about his accessories that line the aisles of Targets everywhere. The price for this evenings events is $15. If the house has not already sold out, it will. Check out the Corcoran website for more information! I’ll be at the beach so someone take some good notes!

Thomas O'Brien courtesy of Aero Studios

Thomas O'Brien courtesy of Aero Studios

Art to the Mix.

The Corcoran is mising it up next month at Artini 2010… 1/2 Mixology, 1/2 Martini and 100% Art. Throughout the month of March, 12 of the city’s top mixologists will compete to create the most artistic martini! Each ‘artini’ as it’s referred to, is inspired by a work featured in the Corcoran’s current exhibition A Love of Europe: Highlights from the William A. Clark Collection.

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Sashay into any of these participating restaurants all month long to sample one of the 12 artini inspirations and their talented mixologists:

To top ita ll off, the 1869 Society will host a post Artini benefit on March 27th, where the winning artini will be revealed! Tickets are going for $85 for members of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and $100 for non-members. Interested in voting? Head here to choose your mixologist and artinit of the year. Who so you think the winner should be??

Tried and True: Michael Smith.

Last night I visited the Corcoran Gallery of Art and had the opportunity to listen to interior designer Michael Smith discuss his talents and deep desires to create comfortable and lasting interior spaces for his affluent clientele all over the world (and that includes the who’s who living in the White House).

Michael Smith and His Beloved DOgs

Local DC blogger Architect Design posted this on his blog about last nights experience and Michael’s comments to the audience about his experiences in the role as interior designer. Here is a glimpse into the beautiful and classic interiors for which he is utterly famous.

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Transcending Suburban Conformity.

The Washington Post Home section is out today (it prints every Thursday), and this week, we get to follow local designer Raji Radhakrishnan on a tour of her home and the resources she dials up when creating beautiful interiors for her clients.

Raji and son in playroom.

Raji and son in playroom.

Her firm, Raji RM & Associates sprang out of her true calling – which came after receiving an MBA and working as a reasearch director. Her ideas come from so many inspirations, many found in local museums.

Her Georgian suburban Virginia home disguises the impressive interior

Her Georgian suburban Virginia home disguises the impressive interior

Daring experiment in scale and pattern - works beautifully!

Daring experiment in scale and pattern - works beautifully!

Command center for a family of four.

Command center for a family of four.

Love the dark lacquered shelves - makes the book speak volumes!

Love the dark lacquered shelves - makes the book speak volumes!

Every kitchen looks amazing dressed in white!

Every kitchen looks amazing dressed in white!

Art to the eye can be created in any shape or form.

Art to the eye can be created in any shape or form.

Raji says ” I sometimes rediscover a work that will completely inspire me. It could be as simple as a color or combination of colors. Or how a work is framed or displayed. This can send me off in a tangent about how I want to spin a room, or the mood I want to capture.”

Expect the unexpected. Chairs put to good use!

Expect the unexpected. Chairs put to good use!

Indian-born Raji in her Brambledton home.

Indian-born Raji in her Brambleton home.

Here who is on Raji’s speed dial list:


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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