BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated on a daily basis.
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C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street: 21201
José Manuel Fors
[image: Grace Hartigan, “Celtic Saint”, 1978, watercolor and collage, 39 x 27 inches]
C. Grimaldis Gallery begins 2018 with a group exhibition dedicated to collage. The works assimilate different artistic practices and movements to form new expressions. Collages, An Exhibition, showcases the work of seven artists and their unique approaches to a time-honored medium.
Several artists in the exhibition found a particular resonance between collage and Abstract Expressionist painting. Esteban Vicente and Lee Hall fluidly translate the language of color field painting to torn and cut paper assemblage. Keith Martin’s masking tape improvisations echo the same layered narratives in his oil paintings, and watercolor collage was so important to Grace Hartigan that she called it a “second expression.”
Incorporating found imagery and material, the collages of Romare Bearden, Jose Manuel Fors and Vivian Fliegel are self-reflective and autobiographical. Bearden’s collage paintings recall memories of Old Harlem and life in the American South, while Fors’s photo-based works are visual records of his family history and cultural identity. Fragmented figures occupy clamorous surroundings in Fliegel’s surreal compositions inspired by everyday life.
Collages, An Exhibition will be on view from January 24 through March 10. An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, January 24 from 6 to 8pm.
MICA Falvey Hall, Brown Center
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue: 21217
The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents a series of winter visiting artist talks that showcase artists and designers working in a wide range of fields, including data visualization, fine art, photography, design and more.
The visiting artists scheduled to speak this season represent the diversity of global art, as well as the ways in which art and design influence politics, community activism and media.
Recent visiting artists include internationally renowned Chinese artist Xu Bing, conceptual artist Andrea Zittel and curator and artist Fred Wilson, among others.
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. For more details, visit events.mica.edu.
Alberto Cairo and the Visual Trumpery Tour
Data visualization expert and author Alberto Cairo examines how “fake news,” lies and videotape are fracturing the nation, and exposes the underbelly of national media, politics, corporations and the legal system.
The word “trumpery” means worthless nonsense, something that is showy and deceitful at the same time. Cairo’s non-partisan talk focuses on the visual, examining misleading charts, graphs and data maps designed by individuals and organizations from across the political spectrum. Presented by Open Studies and the master’s program in Information Visualization.
Julio Fine Arts
Loyola University: 21210
Mary Beth Akre