- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The National Gallery of Art’s Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting, 1955-1965 traces four of the pop master’s most significant early motifs — the target, the mechanical “device,” the stenciled naming of colors and the imprint of the body. Mr. Johns is known best for his targets, flags, numbers and individual signs, and the exhibit shows the relationship between these motifs and their creation. The highly intellectual artist jettisoned the emotionalism of earlier abstract-expressionist work and focused on mechanical-like procedures — he often uses compasses and rulers — to make art. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. 202/737-4215.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The American Film Institute Silver Theatre will host a retrospective devoted to the career of the late Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) beginning this weekend. Mr. Kubrick’s first major feature, the crime thriller “The Killing,” was released 50 years ago. Nine of his 11 major features will be shown during the series, which jumps around chronologically. The first selections, The Shining (first showing tomorrow at 9:25 p.m.) and Spartacus (first showing Saturday at 5:30 p.m.), reflect a 20-year gap, between 1980 and 1960, respectively. Since several Kubrick movies placed a premium on large-scale pictorial composition, the series may offer a rare opportunity for a new generation of spectators to view them in full-scale theatrical prints. The series continues through February. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Admission is $7.50 to $9.25. 301/495-6700 or afi.com/silver.

— Gary Arnold

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