Anna U. Davis's 'The Dance Before the Kill' at Long View Gallery

Anna U. Davis's new exhibit,
Anna U. Davis's new exhibit, "The Dance Before the Kill," at Long View Gallery includes "Monogamist Masochist." (William Waybourn)
Friday, May 28, 2010

Anna U. Davis is known for bold, colorful, almost cartoonish figures collaged together from hundreds of pieces of cut-up magazine pictures. Her favorite themes: gender and race. But could the Swedish-born artist be toning things down a bit with her latest show, which features nothing but pen-and-ink drawings? Probably not. Using the metaphor of the pasodoble, a kind of Spanish dance music played in both ballrooms and at bullfights, "The Dance Before the Kill" explores Davis's fascination with sexuality and aggression.

On view though July 1, "The Dance Before the Kill" will have a public reception on Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Long View Gallery, 1234 Ninth St. NW. 202-232-4788. Free.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

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