Here's a sneak peek at the art in two of the exhibits that will open Mint Museum Uptown on Oct. 1.
"New Visions: Contemporary Masterworks from the Bank of America Collection" features more than 60 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs by famed American artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Deborah Butterfield.
The opening exhibit for the Mint Museum of Craft + Design is "Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection," the first major show of such work in the United States or Great Britain. It features 100 artists.
The Mint's fine-art side and art-crafts side will be under one roof. Each will occupy an 18,000-square-foot floor in the five-story, $60 million building. The Randolph Road building will house decorative arts and other collections.
The British ceramics exhibit draws in the collection of Diane and Marc Grainer of Washington, members of the Founders Circle, the craft museum's national support group.
Included are cutting-edge works by Julian Stair and Kate Malone and also what in Britain are called "honest pots," ceramics based on utilitarian purposes. Staff reports