By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, January 11, 2013
Unlike museums, most commercial galleries look forward, not back. If an artist doesn’t sell, you move on.
When acclaimed Washington painter Steven Cushner first exhibited the series of shaped canvases he created between 1991 and 1993, the reception was -- in the words of a news release issued by his current gallery, Hemphill Fine Arts -- “not warm.”
But times have changed. Or at least dealer George Hemphill hopes so. On Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., the gallery will host an opening reception for “Steven Cushner: The Shaped Paintings, 1991-1993,” a second chance for a body of non-rectangular work, long in storage, whose time may finally have come.
The exhibition also will include a seres of public programs, including gallery talks and musical evenings. Check the Web site for announcements of dates and times.