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Corcoran Gallery of Art
Corcoran Gallery of Art Review
The Corcoran looks like a museum and acts like a gallery, blending classic elegance and experimental edge. Washington's first art museum is housed in a marble Beaux Arts mansion, and is home to an important collection of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century European and American art. The Corcoran School of Art + Design is also here, showcasing cutting-edge contemporary art, from established superstars to undiscovered talents.
A prize collection of masterworks by the great early American artists, including John Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Rembrandt Peale, Mary Cassatt, and John Singer Sargent, is in constant rotation, but you're always guaranteed to see a selection of the most-important pieces, displayed in gilded frames in high-ceilinged rooms
Experience the breadth of postwar art with works by Cy Twombly, Lee Bontecou, Andy Warhol, and Ellsworth Kelly.
Photography is one of the museum's great strengths: recent exhibits of works by Richard Avedon and William Eggleston drew sellout crowds.
The exhibition space Gallery 31 shows work by students, faculty, and alumni of the highly reputed Corcoran School of Art + Design.
There are free docent-led tours Wednesday through Sunday at noon, Wednesday evenings at 7, and weekends at 3.
Purchase advance tickets for special exhibitions, which tend to be popular.
Todd Gray's Muse at the Corcoran restaurant is set in the marble-columned atrium and is a great place for a sophisticated meal; enjoy Market Brunch every Sunday, often featuring live entertainment.
The shop offers exhibition catalogs, art and design books, apparel, toys, prints and more, as well as original art by students and alumni of the Corcoran School of Art + Design.
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