Meet Dagmar Painter. Curator of Gallery Al Quds at the Jerusalem Fund in Washington, DC. I met Dagmar during a portrait commission for #AdvanceStyle #DC during Georgetown Fashion Art Design last fall. Super fun shoot. Dagmar has impeccable taste and a deep knowledge of Arab-American and Arab Contemporary Art. And her style is off the charts. Thank you Dagmar!
Please tell us more about the Jerusalem Fund Gallery. What exhibitions and events are coming up?
I started Gallery Al Quds at the Jerusalem Fund ( a think tank and humanitarian foundation) in late 2001 to showcase contemporary Mid-East and Arab American art. I do a new exhibition every 6 weeks. Next one opens March 27, titled Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle.
What are you working on right now?
An amazing show of glass and wood sculptural collage by Micaela Amateau Amato, whose work has been in Art Basel Miami, Art Contemporary Los Angeles, the collection of the Museum of Art & Design, New York and many international venues.
What do you love about D.C.?
I recently moved to New York Ave. and spend all my free time walking--(yes, we sold the car!) to great art galleries like Longview, and great restaurants like Thally.
Actually, way too many great restaurants. But the walking helps!
What makes you happy?
Strolling 14th St. with my husband on a sunny day.
What was your favorite recent exhibition?
Man Ray's Human Equations at the Phillips. The photos and paintings he made from 19th century mathematical models (themselves works of art) show how an artist's vision can be transformative.
What artists are you keeping an eye on lately?
I love supporting local artists. Tory Cowles' collaged abstracts (currently at Plan B and the Torpedo Factory) and Helen Zughaib (currently at UMUC Gallery) . I will be curating a solo show of hers in Paris in October.