ART AND IN­TRIGUE

TH­ESE SHOWS KEEP UP THE IN­TEN­SITY THIS SEA­SON.

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“Don­ald Sul­tan: The Dis­as­ter Paint­ings.” Draw­ing on me­dia im­ages of catas­tro­phes, Don­ald Sul­tan’s so-called “Dis­as­ter Paint­ings” from the 1980s show­case in­dus­trial land­scapes un­done by nat­u­ral events. Large in scale, heavy in pres­ence, his mus­cu­lar paint­ings—which are made in part with in­dus­trial ma­te­ri­als such as tar, tile, and la­tex—also cap­ture an un­ex­pected beauty and vul­ner­a­bil­ity. Through Septem­ber 4 at the Smith­so­nian Amer­i­can Art Mu­seum, Eighth and F Streets NW, 202-633-7970; amer­i­ca­nart.si.edu

“Matthias Mansen: &RQƓJXUDWLRQV Ő Matthias Mansen’s wood­block prints range in mood from somber to joy­ful. Some­times they look dour in black and white; some­times they ap­pear in out­ra­geous pas­tel rain­bow hues. Of­ten com­bin­ing im­pres­sions from more than one wood­block, his graphic prints tend to look busy, al­most mu­si­cal, whether they are sober or in­tox­i­cated. Opens July 23 at the Na­tional Gallery of Art, be­tween Third and Ninth Streets along Con­sti­tu­tion Av­enue NW, 202-737-4215; nga.gov

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