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gallery plan b Features Marilee H. Shapiro, 100-Year-Old Sculptor

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Shapiro’s Nutcracker
bronze 14” x 14” x 9” work at gallery plan b. (Courtesy of gallery)

The 14th street corridor’s gallery plan b is showing work by 100-year-old artist Marilee H. Shapiro, perhaps the only individual to have been personal witness to the ebbs and flows of the DC arts-scene for the past 70 years.

A DC-resident since moving to the area in 1943, Shapiro’s sculptural works are often abstract, and most often have roots in questions surrounding the human figure, its movements and nuances.

Nutcracker, a bronze sculpture just over one foot tall appropriates geometric elements to create an aesthetic reminiscent of Brancusi’s work in the first half of the 20th century.

In her solo show, “Marilee Shapiro: A Collection, 100 Years in the Making,” now at gallery plan b, open until March 31, Shapiro features some of her more recent works, fluid, transparent and ethereal figures and images made using computer graphics, a skill the century-old artist learned taking a class at the Corcoran.

J’acusse projects a digital image onto paper, creating a nearly three-dimensional work that brings the confrontational narrative into the viewers immediate space and implicates him in the apparent altercation. Looking at the image, one contemplates the scene and is challenged to intervene in the narrative.

Gallery plan b is at 1530 14th Street NW and is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 pm, and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.

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