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We Love Arts: Van Gogh Repetitions at The Phillips Collection

Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles, 1889, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Vincent van Gogh, The Bedroom at Arles, October 1889. Oil on canvas, 22 11/16 x 29 1/8 in. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. © RMN-Grand Palais/Hervé Lewandowski/Art Resource, NY.

If all you got from it was the opportunity to stand in front of Vincent van Gogh’s heartbreakingly beautiful painting The Bedroom in Arles, the upcoming exhibition at The Phillips Collection would be well worth the visit. After all, this will be DC’s first van Gogh exhibition in fifteen years, and the first in the Phillips’ history.

There’s more, however. This exhibit is an exquisite study of the artist’s process.

In 1889, Vincent van Gogh set up his easel on a village road and hastily painted an oil sketch of the scene on an improvised canvas of stretched fabric. Later that year he would paint it again, on a proper canvas sent by his brother Theo. Continue reading

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Phillips After 5: Photo Extravaganza


Union Station by NicoleHamam

Tonight the Phillips Collection (along with ReadysetDC, Worn Magazine, and Dandies and Quaintrelles) is throwing a pre-party and a post-party as a prelude to FotoWeek DC.  Did that make any sense?  Regardless, there’s a whole lot going on at Phillips After 5 tonight (5-8:30PM) that we encourage you to check out:

  • View projections of photo entries for the InstaVintage contest (think faux blurry/grainy iPhone shots) as well as the announcement of the winner
  • Get your vintage-like Polaroid picture taken
  • Check out vintage bicycles on display
  • Listen to gallery talks about the current TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845–1945 and Coburn and the Photographic Portfolio exhibits (6 and 7PM)
  • Listen to a lecture by Alvin Langdon Coburn expert Pamela Roberts (6:30PM)

It’s common for tickets for these events to sell out, so advanced reservations are encouraged ($12 for adults, $10 for visitors 62 and over and students, free for members and visitors 18 and under).  There is also an after party about a hundred feet away at the Hillyer Art Space (in the alley behind the Phillips).  Turn of the 20th century attire is encouraged, so put on your corset or your bowler hat and get thee to the Phillips Collection tonight!

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REFRESH Fridays @ Phillips

Photo courtesy of
‘Peep of View’
courtesy of ‘rabid_c’

Now that the frigid cold has passed and the whole DC-area is heat stricken, The Phillips Collection has decided to bring back the wildly popular winter promotion, De-Frost Fridays with a much “cooler” look.

Refresh Fridays began last week and will continue through August 27th.  Head over to The Phillips Collection on a Friday to enjoy a FREE Arnold Palmer by FoodArts in the Phillips café with the purchase of admission to see the Ryman or Pousette-Dart exhibition.

The Phillips Collection café is open from 10 to 4.

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We Love Arts: Georgia O’Keeffe Abstraction

Black Door with Red, 1954.

Black Door with Red, 1954.  Oil on Canvas, 48 x 48 in. Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia.  Bequest of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. 89.63 (CR1271). Copyright, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

“Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense.” – Georgia O’Keeffe, 1976

When discussing abstract art of the 20th-century, the likes of Kandinsky and Matisse are often the works that most easily come to mind.  However, the newest exhibition at The Phillips CollectionGeorgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction – suggests the need for a potential addition among the abstract ‘authority’.

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We Love Arts: Object as Subject

Wiskovksy(pf86332)

Eugen Wiškovský, "Šrouby (Bolts)" Gelatin silver print, printed c.1932. Courtesy of Kicken Berlin OHG, Berlin / Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC

I’ve never been a particular fan of still lifes. But The Phillips Collection’s current exhibit Object as Subject: Photographs of the Czech Avant-Garde might just change my mind. It’s a small showing, highlighting some thirty photographs from the 1920′s and ’30′s. Apparently Prague was second only to Paris as a major center of surrealism, and that movement’s influence is strong in the exhibit. Heavy on striking geometric shapes, these photographs provide mini-lessons in composition and light.

Not to mention, everything looks kind of like a crazy industrial album cover. I kept thinking – I really need to visit Prague someday!
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Cafe [This Is Not That]

Photo courtesy of
‘Café Stühle’
courtesy of ‘mueritz’

The Phillips Collection is opening a new cafe tomorrow. This would be rather blase news, except this cafe is not that. Almost too-deep and meta for me to grasp (I’m having to reach back to my time at art school, here) Cafe sounds badass. Pairing actual art, with a literal eat-place, bound by the concepts in and around art, (see, told you this was deep) Cafe challenges the typical. Continue reading