Tania Karpowitz

Painting/Drawing
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Editorial Review

Gallery Opening of the Week

Painter Tania Karpowitz has lived in Alexandria for 15 years, but earlier she studied in both Rome and Madrid. The effect of those sojourns can be seen in her canvases, which emulate the lush surfaces and sensuous light of Old Masters.

Karpowitz's show at the Washington Studio School, which has its opening reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., consists primarily of paintings, mostly nudes or semi-nudes. (There are some drawings, and a few still lifes.) The painter's models tend to be middle-aged, and the rendering naturalistic: Characteristic is a view of cherubs floating in midair, a classical subject rendered utterly contemporary by graying hair and paunchy bellies.

-- Mark Jenkins