above painting „Tenderness and Danger” 2007 by Latvian comtemporary artist Ieva Iltnere.
An exhibit of Leading Contemporary Latvian Painters is being shown:
April 26-May 12, 2012 11:00am – 6:00 pm (closed Sundays), on Saturday, May 12 (EU Open House Day) the exhibit will open at 10:00 a.m. at the:
Art Space of the Embassy of Latvia
2304 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Paintings and information on the exhibit can be seen at the following website: Contemporary Latvian Painters.
This exhibiton, which celebrates the 22nd anniversary of Latvia’s restoration of independence, features a selection of evocative paintings from nine outstanding contemporary artists of Latvia. The diversity of style, content and technique of these paintings attests to the many ways artwork helps us reflect upon contemporary realities to widen our vision of the world. This show brings together romantic realism, playful primativism, hypnotic portraits and geometric abstraction.
On May 5, the exhibit was reviewed by the Washington Post
Includes work by Miervaldis Polis, Ieva Iltnere, Inga Meldere, Andris Eglitis, Harijs Brants, Ernest Klavins, Daiga Kruze, Leonards Laganovskis.
The artwork has been selected by a commission of experts, and has been organized by U.S. Baltic Foundation co-chairman Hamid Ladjevardi in cooperation with LATO, the Latvian Transatlantic Organization.
The exhibit has opened to high acclaim at the National Arts Club of New York and following the Washington show, will continue on to the Driehaus Museum in Chicago, where it will coincide with the NATO Summit. At the end of May, this collection will return to Latvia, where the paintings will be exhibited in Latvia’s National Art Museum in June. Junebug.com has written about the NY show: „As this showcase only remains in town for two fleeting weeks, the time is nigh to experience the viscerally beautiful strain of art embodied by Latvian paintings.”