February 8 - March 6
The grand opening show of the second Fraser Gallery, with over 1,600 square feet of space included work by most of the artists represented by the gallery as well as several invited artists. Artwork by Caroline Danforth, David FeBland, Tucker Bobst, Karin Rosenthal, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joyce Tenneson, Dianora Niccolini, STROM, Tamaki Obuchi, Mitsuou Suzuki, John deFabbio, Maxwell MacKenzie, Geoffrey Sinckler, Danny Conant, Jerry Johnson, Sally Mann, Tristan Schane and many others. A grand opening reception was held on Friday, February 8 from 6-10 PM and nearly 700 people attended. The show was reviewed by the Washington Post, the Washington Times and the Potomac Gazette.
Amor Township Farmstead, Summer 1992
Silver Gelatin Print by Maxwell MacKenzie
$2500 16"x48" Silver Gelatin
Second Series, 2001
Oil on prepared Aluminum by Tristan Schane
$6,000 36 x 36 inches
BETHESDA INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
March 8 - April 10, 2002
Our annual photography competition designed to showcase the best of the emerging new photographers from around the world. $950 in cash prizes will be awarded as well as a solo show at our Washington, DC gallery for the Best of Show winner. The curator for this competition was well-known photographer Maxwell MacKenzie, who selected the below photographers from a field of over 300 entries. Awards will be chosen by MacKenzie at the opening reception, to be held at the gallery from 6-9 PM on Friday, March 8, 2002. See images of the accepted work here. To apply for the 2003 competition. Click here.
Forrest MacCormack - Best in Show
BETHESDA LITERARY FESTIVAL
April 26 - April 28, 2002
Bethesda will celebrate the rich diversity of today's literature by hosting over forty nationally known novelists, poets, journalists, non-fiction and children's writers in venues throughout downtown Bethesda. The Fraser Gallery will host several events including book signings and presentations by Vaughn Sills, Karin Rosenthal, Joyce Tenneson, Maxwell MacKenzie, Wayne Schoenfeld, Danny Conant and others. All events are free and open to the public. Please call the gallery at (310) 718-9651 for more information. To reserve a book, click on the images below or call us at 301/718-9651 to reserve a copy of the Tenneson or MacKenzie books.
VAUGHN SILLS discusses and signs copies of her photography book "One Family," Friday, April 26 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
KARIN ROSENTHAL discusses and signs copies of her book "Karin Rosenthal: Twenty Years of Photographs," Friday, April 26 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.
JOYCE TENNESON discusses and signs copies of her book "Wise Women," Saturday, April 27 from 2-4 PM. Talk starts promptly at 2:00 PM.
MAXWELL MACKENZIE discusses and signs copies of his books American Ruins: Ghosts on the Landscape," and "Abandonings: Photographs of Otter Tail County, Minnesota," Saturday, April 27 from 4-6 PM.
WAYNE SCHOENFELD discusses and signs copies of his books "Brittle Glory: The Face of Change: Photographs of Turkey and Cuba," and "Surface Tensions" Sunday, April 28 from 2-4 PM.
JOYCE TENNESON discusses and signs copies of the book "Exhalations, Exhalaciones," edited by Tenneson. Several of the photographers in the book (including local DC area photographer Danny Conant) will also be on hand to discuss and sign copies of the book. Saturday, April 27 from 2-4 PM.
April 12 - May 8, 2002
Born in Lebanon, and educated in the US and Europe, this painter is currently an Associate Professor of Art at George Mason University. Over 60 of his works have recently concluded a two year tour to various museums and universities and have received a string of superb reviews from newspapers such as the New York Times and art magazines. For this exhibition Frenn has created over 20 new paintings revolving around the human figure and various powerful social issues. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, April 12 from 6-9 PM. To view many of the works on exhibition click here and to see additional, earlier works by Chawky Frenn here.
JOYCE TENNESON AND KARIN ROSENTHAL
May 10 - June 12, 2002
Two of today's most innovative and well-known photographers shared the gallery walls this month. Karin Rosenthal creates landscapes using the human body as the anchor and focus of her imagery. Through her compositions, the body is often abstracted and reshaped, but always remains beautiful and sensual. Joyce Tenneson is considered one of the most influential photographers in the world, and her work has been published in seven books, most recently Wise Women. Published by Bullfinch Press, Wise Women is a celebration of the power and beauty of women in the third phase of their lives - ages 65 to 100 years. Through portraits and interviews with women from Maine to California, this remarkable book speaks to the core of what it means to have lived and grown in strength during the past three-quarters of a century. Many of the photographs from the book were on exhibit. Opening reception was on May 10, from 6-9 PM. To see more of Karin Rosenthal's work click here and to see more of Tenneson's work on exhibit, click here. To read the various reviews of this show by the Washington City Paper and the transcript from WETA TV "Around Town" arts show, please click here.
Signed copies of Karin and Joyce's latest book are available through the gallery.
June 14 - July 10, 2002
This is David FeBland's third solo show at Fraser and his first in our new Bethesda gallery. His past two solos have received superb reviews from the Washington Post, Art in America and other publications (read them here). An opening reception was held on Friday, June 14 from 6-9 PM, part of the new Bethesda Art Walk. See all the works on exhibit here.
SUMMER GROUP SHOW
July 12 - September 11, 2002
Our annual group exhibition of original paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and prints by artists represented by the gallery and invited artists. Including work by Caroline Danforth, Adam Bradley, David FeBland, Elaine Hahn, George Bowles, D. Greg Denton, Helen Bayley, John Jacobsmeyer, Joyce Tenneson, Karin Rosenthal, Rachel Waldron, John DeFabbio, Lisa Egeli, Maxwell MacKenzie, Renee McGinnis, Sheila Giolitti, Tina Blondell, Tamaki Obuchi, Zygimantas Augustinas, Tristan Schane, Priscilla Young, Andrew Wodzianski, Robert Mapplethorpe, Niurka Inurrieta and Scott Hutchison. Also, work by award winners from the 2001 Georgetown International Fine Art Competition will be included in this exhibit. The opening reception was on Friday, July 12 from 6.00pm - 9.00pm. Read the review in the Washington Post.
September 13 - October 9, 2002
The current birth of the New American Subversive Realism has a handful of leaders, most of them in New York, and former New England painter (now living in New York), John Jacobsmeyer is one of its most talented leaders. Works on canvas and wood engravings by this acclaimed artist will be on exhibit this month. An opening reception for Jacosbmeyer was held on Friday, September 13 from 6-9 PM. More works by John Jacobsmeyer can be seen online here. Read the Washington Post review here.
October 11 - November 6, 2002
Chicago painter Renee McGinnis made her debut in the capital region with her first solo exhibition in the Fraser Gallery of Bethesda. McGinnis uses enviable technical skills with creative compositions and ideas that deliver intelligent paintings and graphite drawings.
Renee McGinnis constructs a body in her painting that exists at the intersection of multiple discourses. Its often full-frontal confrontation with the viewer establishes an iconicity that resonates with themes of Pop and mass culture--the comic book or action-film hero, the television body seen in series like Xena and Hercules. These hard bodies, with their smooth muscles and metallic clothing seen against landscapes reminiscent of primordial bogs or the surface of the moon, have a specificity that can make the viewer squirm. While the full availability of the body smacks of antecedents in classical art such as Mantagna's St. Sebastian or the figures of Sandro Botticelli, the hardness of these surfaces is almost impossible for the viewer to absorb. A reception for the artist was held on Friday, October 11 from 6-10 PM. Read the review of the show here.
Oil, goldleaf on canvas - 30x20 inches
November 8 - December 11, 2002
The spectacular panoramic photographs of Washington, DC photographer Maxwell MacKenzie focus on the abandoned ruins of schoolhouses, barns and farmsteads built by the immigrants to the Western and Midwestern states. "MacKenzie brings something of the grand, celebratory tradition back to the subject of the landscape," wrote the Washington Post's Henry Allen about MacKenzie's work in a Pulitzer prize-winning art criticism review. In that same review, critic Henry Allen also wrote that "In Maxwell MacKenzie's gigantic... landscapes ...the moment in question isn't just the moment the shutter clicked, but a moment that slipped by decades or even a century before, when something went wrong and a farm began to edge toward ruin."
MacKenzie's work is in the collection of over one hundred major corporations and collections. A reception for the photographer was held at the gallery from 6-10 PM on Friday, November 8. To see more works, please click here.
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