Oskar Fischinger, Fast on the Draw

Thursday, September 15, 2005

· Those mourning the recent closing of "Visual Music," the Hirshhorn's ambitious if flawed exploration of music in visual art, can indulge their lust for synesthesia with this mini-survey of one of the exhibition's featured artists, the German Oskar Fischinger. He died in 1967, leaving behind a considerable cache of experimental films and plenty of two-dimensional abstract works. The group at Goethe includes paintings, gouaches and drawings from the 1930s through the '60s. The canvas "Outward Movement," from 1948, with its grid-incised squares repeated ad infinitum, looks like a distant cousin of Muybridge's early photographic experiments in motion. Still, despite their concern with movement, Fischinger's paintings remain surprisingly static.

"Oskar Fischinger -- Motion Paintings" at the Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 Seventh St. NW, Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 202-289-1200, to Oct. 26.

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