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Addison/Ripley Welcomes Jackie Battenfield and Cindy Qiao

December 9, 2020

Addison/Ripley Fine Art is pleased to welcome visitors to the gallery as they mount their December exhibition. They will be offering gallery visits by appointment for you, your family or your pod, at which time there will be no other gallery visitors. These forty-five minute sessions will be available Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.


Please contact them to schedule your visit: info@addisonripleyfineart.com or 202.338.5180

*Masks/face coverings will be required to enter the gallery, and for the entirety of your visit.


Addison/Ripley Fine Art is thrilled to welcome artist Jackie Battenfield back to the gallery for her eighth exhibition, White Light. Due to current circumstances, and in combination with our familiarity with the artist’s work, this show was curated via Zoom, a first for the gallery. This visually arresting work, of acrylic on mylar panel, is a familiar style that never seems to exhaust the artist’s imagination. Each work appears as though light is shone from behind, illuminating the painted image. Subtle, highly selective palettes make the work appear, at first glance to be minimal, with titles such as, “Peeking Through” and “Incandescent” in fact, they are sophisticated explorations of nature neither bound by photographic observation nor by their subjects.


Battenfield is a prolific, successful artist working in Brooklyn, whose paintings have an Eastern aesthetic. Spare, gestural paint strokes generate branches, leaves and flowers that are at once ethereal and visceral. The artist’s work is widely exhibited and collected in the United States and abroad.

Easter in Brooklyn (Photo by: Cindy Qiao) Easter in Brooklyn


At the same time, Addison/Ripley is pleased to present, in their projects room, selected works by a young artist working in Long Island City, New York, Cindy Qiao. The works on display are from her “Our Land” series. Although captured on an iPhone, the photographs are highly detailed and invite viewers to immerse themselves in the image. Of the work, the artist says, “…. the topology of the ground shifts in tonality, structure, density and luminance, mirroring the the paradoxical feelings I have land, feeling displaced, geographically, culturally and emotionally…”. The artist explores the human/nature relationship in urban areas such as New York, London and Los Angeles through her photographs. This work was featured in 2020 Urban Soils”.


In the space of two steps, Qiao’s photographs of ground textures present as abstract fields of contemplation, punctuated by small, variant details, an acorn, a flower or a twig.


Fallen, crushed, blown and decayed, the layers of ground cover represent an element of nature often overlooked in an urban setting. Surely the artist’s college training in Philosophy is, in part, responsible for these portraits.


The gallery is located in Upper Georgetown at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Reservoir Road and will be open Tuesday - Saturday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, by appointment.


For further information and images please contact Ms. Romy Silverstein via email: info@addisonripleyfineart.com

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November 18, 2020

DC STREET PIES is a virtual restaurant delivering comfort food to your front door. Their baked artisanal street pies are handmade to be handheld, and filled with savory or sweet goodness. 


With 9 street pies and sides like tater tots, edamame & sea salt, french fries, and brussels sprouts salad, there's something for everyone. 


Open for delivery daily from lunch till late-night. Try them now with free delivery. Check your delivery apps for availability.


Pair your favorite STREET PIE with one of their signature sides. 


Wash it all down with an adult beverage or a refreshing soda.


DC STREET PIES is located at 600 14th Street NW serving carryout only. Open Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm





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Smithsonian Streams Frida Kahlo Nov. 17

November 3, 2020

Smithsonian Associates Streaming series presents The Art and Life of Frida Kahlo on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 starting at 6:30 pm.

Purchase tickets and register here.


“Fridamania” refers to the ever-growing fascination with the hallucinatory art and tumultuous life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907–54). The child of a German Jewish father and a Catholic mestiza mother (part-Indigenous and part-European), Kahlo had hoped to become a doctor, but a terrible bus accident at age 18 left her near death.  She recovered, but despite numerous operations she spent the rest of her life in pain.


The paintings Kahlo made during her lengthy convalescence opened a new path. She was especially encouraged by the much older, internationally famous fellow Mexican painter Diego Rivera, with whom she fell in love. Their stormy life together and apart formed the basis for many of her pictures, as well as books, plays, and films about Kahlo.


Ironically, her very brief New York Times obituary identified her as “Frida Kahlo, wife of Diego Rivera,” later noting “She also was a painter.” Today, Kahlo is better known than Rivera as an artist, especially in the United States. Labeled a surrealist because of the fantastical, often nightmarish quality of her paintings, Kahlo always countered that she didn’t paint dreams: She painted her own reality. Despite her physical challenges, Kahlo remained politically active in Communist causes and was bold in challenging the social mores of the time.


Art historian Nancy G. Heller examines Kahlo’s short life—including the reasons for her love of wearing traditional Mexican clothing, accessories, and hairstyles—and her work. She looks beyond the famous self-portraits to also include landscapes, still-lifes, and other Kahlo subjects.


Heller is a specialist in the history of women artists and a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

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