Filthy Lucre: Reviews & Press

“Disheveled, apocalyptic” –Wall Street Journal

 “Decay and ruin have ravaged the premises.” –ARTnews

“Luxury has burgeoned to excess; the decay is physical, but feels moral.” –The Boston Globe

“Behind the fright-house effect of Filthy Lucre lies something more profound” –Fine Art Connoisseur

“'Filthy Lucre' will pull the scab off 19th-century wounds” –Interiors Magazine

“Paintings molder, pigments puddle and shelves splinter” –Wall Street Journal Magazine

“Jarring and familiar at the same time” –Washington Blade

A “DC event you should go to in May” –Washingtonian

"a dark, alternative story of the clash between art and commerce"–Washington Post

"an alternate reality"–Washington Post Express

“If the original Peacock Room can seem dream-like, this other room is a nightmare, a mad relation locked in the basement, the untamed id of the stately room upstairs.”–Intelligent Life Magazine

“Waterston proves that great works of art need to be confronted from time to time”–Architectural Record

“Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre is the Peacock Room on acid”–Vogue

“stretches the definition of an installation . . a 4-D painting”–S+art blog

“The number of vases artist Darren Waterston painted and then bashed with a hammer for his Filthy Lucre installation at the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, a wrecked version of their James McNeill Whistler Peacock Room = 250”–Hyperallergic

“An uncanny sequel to James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room”–Metropolis Magazine

“A stunning new installation”–ARTES Magazine

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