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Private Gallery
CONNERSMITH. CONNERSMITH. - founded in 1999 - mobilizes the careers of artists who excel at communicating powerful concepts in diverse media. The gallery maintains long-term representation of internationally influential artists, including Leo Villareal, Patricia Piccinini, and Maria Friberg, and launches pioneering exhibitions, such as the US gallery solo debuts of Koen Vanmechelen and Kenny Hunter.

CONNERSMITH. presents emerging artists in meaningful dialogue with established international artists. The gallery promotes art that contributes to important movements, with particular focuses on abstraction, realism, and socially relevant conceptual art.

The gallery encourages vital new experimentation in abstract imaging, presenting seminal work by internationally renowned digital light artist Leo Villareal and by supporting his 200-foot installation at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2008), and the 300-foot installation on the exterior of the Tampa Museum of Art (2010). Digital innovations find context within the gallery's historical exhibitions of color field picturing with curated exhibitions featuring works by Morris Louis, Gene Davis, Howard Mehring and Thomas Downing and newly published source material.

Complementary to its abstract programming, the gallery advances exceptional figural art, presenting oil paintings by Erik Thor Sandberg, drawings by ZoŽ Charlton, performative video by Janet Biggs, and durational performances by Mary Coble and Wilmer Wilson IV.

CONNERSMITH. expanded in 2007, relocating from Dupont Circle to Washington DC's historic Atlas arts corridor. The gallery occupies a 7,000-square foot ground-level industrial complex with two indoor galleries, a media room, and an outdoor courtyard exhibition space. Providing museum-scale installation and exhibition areas for established artists and project spaces for young talent, the gallery stands at the forefront of DC's growing contemporary art movement.

CONNERSMITH. maintains an ongoing publishing program for exhibition catalogues, artist's books, and supporting materials.
Foundation year: 1999
Director(s): Leigh Conner / Jamie Smith, Ph.D.
Employees: Jeremy Flick: Assistant Director / Patrick McDonough: Assistant Director
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