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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Arts Museum (June 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615828264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615828268
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kent Morrison on July 3, 2013
For those of us who came somewhat later to the DC art scene, this fact-packed, but readable, insightful, and sometimes just borderline gossipy book, is completely engrossing. There are events and institutions and personal relationships of which a latecomer might not know (e.g., long closed galleries) or be aware of only vaguely. They are now appreciable in context and, because of interviews, author's personal knowledge, and detail, in veritable (and sometimes with photos, actual) color. Gaps are filled in. Connections between artists and gallery owners and collectors (and between NY and DC -- and between money, politics, and art) that make perfect sense are told. But many you wouldn't be very sure about (let alone understand the consequences of on a particular artist's work) if you weren't a participant or keen observer at the time. And you'll see (literally; there are those photos) artists you know now as very established, but in their younger, thinner, and somewhat more hirsute phases (see, e.g., Rockin' Robin). A great read! Plus, there are excellent, albeit brief, analyses of how particular artists thought of their work, what influenced changes, and what the critics thought. Wonderful pictures of the art and those on the art scene. So, a history and a commentary, of the people, the times, the place, and the art itself. If you are interested in art, it's a good book. If you are interested in DC art (and even assuming that the various authors who collaborated on this impressive work must have had their own biases and at least some gaps in knowledge), it's a must read book. A wonderful and fitting "final contribution" of the Washington Arts Museum, an institution that we latecomers may never have appreciated but for this great gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francoise Yohalem on August 6, 2013
Thanks to the authors of this great book on the earlier Washington Art Scene. Well researched, very inclusive, (and I know you had to make some difficult decisions..) For me, who has been involved in the Washington art Scene for almost 40 years, the book brought back many fond memories of special people I admired and whose career I have seen develop, fun events, great shows...
This was a labor of love for these researchers and writers. Also thanks to Jack Rasmussen for curating the accompanying shows... I hope the next chapter is already in the works!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By william wooby on June 26, 2013
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This has great insight into the Washington art scene a must buy for any collector
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