Anima – Charlotte Dumas photography NOW exhibit at the Corcoran

Charlotte Dumas photograph of HorseIf you love delicious colors on canvas that evoke the ocean, Matisse’s window paintings, and the view of farmland from an airplane go see Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  It’s a strong retrospective.

However….

The most powerful and moving exhibit at the Corcoran this summer is a photography exhibit of animal portaits by the Dutch artist, Charlotte Dumas.

The show is titled Anima, the Latin term for the soul or psyche.

The show begins with a series of portraits in the rotunda showing the burial horses of the Arlington National Cemetery.  She photographed them at eye level at night right before sleep in their stables at Arlington cemetery.  They are deeply personal almost otherworldly.

After the rotunda, you’ll find another room of potraits on the second level of the gallery.  This second gallery shows portraits of wolves, horses, and dogs. They are shot at eye level, at different times of the day and in different locations. There is one of a sleeping wolf curled up in the snow.  It’s stunning. The Heart Shaped Hole series of homeless dogs in Palermo to me was the most compelling. Strength, resilience  and lonlieness were just some of the traits revealed in these photographs. The portraits show individuals surviving in challenging circumstances.

Charlotte Dumas is an artist to watch.

 

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