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Big Pictures: Corcoran Exhibit Spans American History—and Art
A new exhibit at the Corcoran tells the story of our nation through art.
With nearly 200 objects, ranging from 18th-century oil paintings to modern-day sculpture, the exhibit illustrates one thing clearly: what a vast collection the Corcoran has—it owns almost all of the pieces on display. Many of the objects have been traveling for three years and are back home.
Other works include George Peter Alexander Healy’s rare portrait of a beardless Abraham Lincoln in 1860; Samuel Morse’s “The House of Representatives” (his lack of commercial success with this work caused Morse to give up painting—he would go on to invent the telegraph); Albert Bierstadt’s panoramic and disturbing “The Last of the Buffalo”; Robert Morris’s “Private Silence, Public Violence” in the provocative politics section; and Richard Dibenkorn’s abstract “Ocean Park #83.”
The exhibit runs through July 27. For the first time at the Corcoran, visitors can listen to the audio tour through their cell phones. For more information, go to corcoran.org.
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