Art in focus: Andrea Way at American University

Andrea Way's art just doesn't grow stale. Rather, the more you look at the longtime Washingtonian's abstractions (now on view in a handsome 30-year retrospective at the American University Museum and opening soon at Curator's Office), the more you'll see in them.

Typically alternating between a basic pattern of grids, spirals and concentric circles, Way paints and draws using a combination of arbitrary rules and, occasionally, rule-breaking. Her compositions, which can resemble byzantine celestial maps or cellular structures blown up like balloons, mesmerize. That's as much a result of their magic as of their mathematical underpinnings.

Read my full review, and check out a selection of images from the exhibition in the gallery above.





Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Michael O’Sullivan has worked since 1993 at The Washington Post, where he covers art, film and other forms of popular — and unpopular — culture.



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