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The Washington Art Association presents Philip Grausman: Sculpture and Drawings

WASHINGTON — The Washington Art Association presents a new exhibit as part of its 70th anniversary, the work of Phillip Grausman. June 11 – July 24

“Grausman’s sculpture not only eclipses contemporary style, but also embodies an interesting comparison to the abstraction of ancient Egypt, the idealism of Greece and the representational power of Roman sculpture,” according to a statement.

“In Grausman’s portraits, the eye scans the contours of a face as if flying over a hilly landscape. Unimportant details are extracted, and volume and shape are free. There is a great debt to landscape and his interest in biomorphic abstraction predates portraiture,” according to the association.

As Michael Brenson wrote in The New York Times, “Mr. Grausman has described his heads as landscapes, and indeed his foil seems to sprout and swell like trees and fruits. Seeking a way to extend the tradition sculpture from nature, he found a surprising path.

Grausman’s work is in the collection of more than 30 museums, including the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut.

The Washington Art Association & Gallery is located at 4 Bryan Plaza, Washington Depot.