- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Ed Ruscha, whose quixotic art has intrigued American audiences for some 40 years, has a first drawings retrospective at the National Gallery of Art. Cotton Puffs, Q-tips, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha ” so named because that’s the way Mr. Ruscha himself has described his work ” spotlights his use of graphite, pencil, acrylic and pastel, as well as unusual materials such as gunpowder, vegetable and floral juices, and cigarette stains. His varied subjects include collages, gas stations, Los Angeles streets and words of varying scripts and expressiveness. Mr. Ruscha will represent the United States at the prestigious 2005 Venice Biennale. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through May 30. Free. 202/737-4215.

” Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The legendary Parisian film archive and repertory theater, the Cinematheque Francaise, was a magnet for young people as generational unrest reached critical mass in France in 1968. The National Gallery of Art is hosting a still unreleased French biographical documentary about the late Henri Langlois, the famously secretive, resourceful and possessive director of the Cinematheque in its heyday. Compiled by Jacques Richard and titled Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque, the movie debuts with a free screening at 1 p.m. today in the auditorium of the East Building. Be prepared for an extended afternoon. The program runs 210 minutes, intermission included. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/842-6799.

” Gary Arnold

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