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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 28

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Installation view of Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 2014. Front: Sal Cragar, 1969. Rear, left to right: Racer’s Pillow, 1963; Moby Dick (Extramural-Composition n. 3), 1958; and Drummer Sergeant, 1963.
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Installation view of Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 2014. Front: Sal Cragar, 1969. Rear, left to right: Racer’s Pillow, 1963; Moby Dick (Extramural-Composition n. 3), 1958; and Drummer Sergeant, 1963.

July 28-Jan. 11, 2015: Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents the first solo exhibit of Salvatore Scarpitta’s work to ever hit the East Coast. Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler includes the late artist’s racecars, painted car parts, sleds and the so-called Extramurals, sculptural “paintings” that he made after WWII. Curator Melissa Ho says Scarpitta made the Extramurals in response to traumas he experienced living in Italy during that time.

”You see in those works references to violence, but also references to healing,” she says, “so the canvases are slit and ripped, but they’re also sort of tenderly wrapped and bandaged.

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In Mark Tribe: Plein Air, visitors can see landscape photography shot from a “drone’s eye view.” Tribe's computerized images aim to blur the boundaries between reality and the virtual world. You can check it out at the Corcoran Gallery of Art through September 28.

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