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National Gallery of Arts & Villareal LED Installation

National Gallery of Arts & Villareal LED Installation

(nov 08) A 200-foot-long passage connecting the east and west buildings of the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C., is home to a yearlong exhibition by artist Leo Villareal that features light-emitting diode (LED) technology. Extreme Abstraction, a permanent installation by Villareal at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., inspired NGA associate curator of modern and contemporary art Molly Donovan, and she asked Villareal to come look at the museum's concourse passageway. “I went to see the space and thought about what we could do with the existing architecture,” Villareal explains, noting that he began the project three years ago. While the work currently is slated to be at the museum through September 2009, the NGA's press office says there is a possibility that the installation could be on display longer.

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