- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 24, 2004

The exhibit Carroll Sockwell: Am I the Best? at the Edison Place Gallery poses the question that the late District-born black artist often asked himself and others. Enormously talented, shows of his signature scumbled drawings were held at numerous galleries and the Corcoran Museum of Art in 1974, extraordinary for a black artist at the time. In 1992, at age 49, Mr. Sockwell apparently jumped to his death from a Rock Creek Park bridge. Yet the art he made during his short, troubled life is surprisingly serene, as seen in his best-known series, “The Wrecking of the Berlin Wall” of 1992, an orchestration of calligraphic squiggles and ambiguous signs. The exhibit, mounted 12 years after his death, is long overdue. Organized by the Washington Arts Museum (www.wamuseum.org) and showing at the Edison Place Gallery, 701 Eighth Street NW. Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday through Dec. 17. Free. 202/872-3396.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Previewed at last year’s Washington Jewish Film Festival, Paper Clips now reappears as a holiday release from Miramax. Made by a McLean-based company, The Johnson Group, “Paper Clips” tells the story of students at a middle school in Whitwell, Tenn., who vowed to honor the victims of the Holocaust by collecting a paper clip for every person killed by the Nazis. A collection meant to top out at approximately 6 million grew to 24 million after national news attention and a permanent exhibit was dedicated on the school grounds in November 2001. The subject could plunge into feel-good pieties but fortunately, the sincerity of the participants and well-wishers protects the movie, co-directed by Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab, from unwary innocence or benevolence. Exclusively at the Avalon and Loew’s Shirlington.

Gary Arnold

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