By Ferdinand Protzman
Special to The Washington Post
Thursday , April 6, 2000 ; Page C05
"Reprinted with permission from the Washington Post and Ferdinand Portzman"

Two exhibitions in Georgetown's Canal Square complex demonstrate the incredible range of contemporary art.

The Museum of Contemporary Art's group show by four young New York artists is a strong, quirky, cutting-edge affair, powered by enough twentysomethings-in-the-big-city angst, energy, ennui and bravado to sustain a television series for at least one season...

The more traditional side of contemporary art can be seen at Fraser Gallery. Thanks to the Internet, the gallery, a one-room operation, is able to stage the Georgetown International Art Competition, an annual, juried show that draws entries from all over the world.

This fourth edition of the exhibition was juried by Margarida Kendall Hull, a painter and professor of art at George Mason University, who selected 23 artists from a pool of 271. It's a pleasantly eclectic mix, heavy on representational painting, with a smattering of photography and sculpture.

All the works reflect a high skill level. But several of them also explore identity and political issues. Aylene Fallah's "Thus Far and No Farther," for example, is a mixed media piece, made of passport photos of three Iranian women, each holding an open copy of the Koran over their mouths. It's a sad commentary on the outcome of that nation's Islamic revolution.

Georgetown International Art Competition, at Fraser Gallery, 1054 31st St. NW, Tuesday-Friday noon-3 p.m., Saturday noon-6 p.m., 202-298-6450, through April 15, 2000

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