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Cross Currants in Modern Art

Sam Rose, the Washington DC attorney and real estate developer and his wife, Julie Walters, have built a rich and varied art collection over many years. Now, according to Sam, they’ve run out of wall space. Luckily for us, they’ve shared their collection in a show now at the National Museum of American Art in […]

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"Sleeping Nude," by Pablo Picasso

An Absinthe Drinker, Two Tahitian Girls, and a Frog …

…walk into a bar. Oops, never mind. That’s another blog for another time. Seriously, though, if you walk into the Phillips Collection here in DC you’ll meet them all – and more. Gaugin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland, now on view, showcases some 60 works from the Staechelin and Im Obersteg Collections, normally on view […]

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"Standing Woman," 1920, by Alexander Archipenko

“Stupefying and Vulgar!” 100 years after the Armory Show

The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, has a knack for mounting shows that pull together beautiful art, thoughtful curator-ship, and illuminating ephemera. “History in the Making: 100 Years after the Armory Show” is no exception. At the core of this exhibition is evolution: specifically, how the collection’s founder, Duncan Phillips, grew from—dare we say it?—a […]

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Costume for a "Mourner," by Henri Matisse, from the ballet, "Song of the Nightingale," 1925

Lush Life, Part II – When Art Danced with Music: Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes: 1909 – 1929

Readers of this blog may remember that my first posting about this remarkable show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, ended on a poignant note: that Vasiliev Nijinsky had been institutionalized for schizophrenia, never to dance again. Pondering this sad loss, you leave his tortured drawing, “A Mask,” and walk up the […]

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