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Cassie Taggart's oil painting "Rash Perhaps" is currently on display at BlackRock Center for the Arts. Taggart is one of three artists whose work is featured in Altered.
Cassie Taggart
Cassie Taggart's oil painting "Rash Perhaps" is currently on display at BlackRock Center for the Arts. Taggart is one of three artists whose work is featured in Altered.

Feb. 21-May 5: Faking It
Anyone who's flipped through a fashion magazine in recent years is familiar with the modern capabilities of digital editing. However people started tweaking photos long before Photoshop. Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop presents examples of altered photography from the 1840s to the early 1990s. Roughly 200 images demonstrate how darkroom tricks of the trade have been used to create illusions, enhance landscapes and portraits, and elevate the medium into an art form. The collection is on display in the National Gallery of Art's West Building through May 5.

Feb. 21-Mar. 2: Altered
Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD., is also exploring manipulation in Altered, an exhibit featuring work by three female artists who use printmaking, metal corsets, and oil paintings to portray how women shape themselves in response to societal pressures. You can see the exhibit through March 2.

Music: "Changes (instrumental)" by 2Pac

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