Architects' Drawings - Washington Post In The Galleries

Architects’ Drawings On view through July 30 at Cross MacKenzie Gallery, 1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ­202-337-7970. crossmackenzie.com.

Landscapes feature in some of the renderings in Cross MacKenzie Gallery’s current show, but they’re secondary to the man-made. These are “Architects’ Drawings,” after all, and the more than 30 contributors include such noted landmark makers as Richard Meier, Michael Graves and Frank Gehry.

The pictures are not all sketches for planned structures. Some of the most appealing are fastidious studies of venerable buildings in St. Petersburg (by Rob Krier) and Italy (by Dhiru Thadani, who curated the show with Mark McInturff). The other work includes Gehry’s near-abstract print of piled-up squiggles, James Smither’s watercolor of a seaside village and Ben Van Dusen’s urban hives, ideal dwellings for big-eyed anime characters. There’s even a cartoon about Washington’s World War II Memorial by Roger Lewis, who writes “Shaping the City” essays for The Washington Post.

A personal note is sounded by a drawing of a proposed project by Eason Cross, the late father of gallery proprietor Rebecca Cross. The design was never built, but the idea survives as a edifice of lines.

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Book Hill Galleries Open for Spring Art Walk, May 13, 2016

Cross MacKenzie Gallery
1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Paintings by Rafael Torres Correa

In partnership with the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, Cross MacKenzie Gallery will host an exhibition of paintings by the Cuban-born French national Rafael Torres Correa. Originally from Havana, this international artist has widely exhibited his work in Mexico, Spain and France and with Cross MacKenzie in 2014.

Correa creates lyrical universes in his large abstract canvases. His paintings evoke memories — symbolic and emotional—and conjure imagined experiences of water and floating islands with their shifting imagery and fluid execution, using washes, drips, dabs and splashes of paint. These landscapes are transitory territories and shifting metaphors, a state that parallels the artist’s own migrations and cultural identity.

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