ArtGrams: Phillips Around the World

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Photo by Instagrammer @polabangbang of Delacroix’s “Horses Coming Out of the Sea” (1860)

Some works from the Phillips’s permanent collection have been on a world tour over the past year, and visitors from have been sharing their creative photos from abroad! In this month’s ArtGrams, check out some of our favorite Instagram photos of these works as they visit Fundación “la Caixa” in Barcelona, Spain.

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Installation view of the Phillips’s traveling exhibition at Fundación “la Caixa” in Barcelona, Spain, captured by Instagrammer @martaparent

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A quiet moment with Richard Diebenkorn’s “Ocean Park No. 38” (1971) via Instagrammer @dimasfabregas

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Photo by Instagrammer @journalofnat

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Close-up of Morris Louis’s “Number 182” (1961) by Instagrammer @alba_hebe

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Strong vertical gallery shot of the exhibition by Instagrammer @pepetrullas

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Visitor with Philip Guston’s “The Lesson” (1975). Photo: @wearethecosmos

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Reproduction of the Rothko Room! Photo: @m_lgarcia

May #Phillips95 Challenge: Architects of Design

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(left) Piet Mondrian Painting No. 9, between 1939 and 1942. Oil on canvas, 31 3/8 x 29 1/4 in. Gift from the estate of Katherine S. Dreier, 1953. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (right) Photo: Emily Conforto

We’re celebrating our 95th anniversary with a year of monthly challenges and giveaways! This month’s challenge takes inspiration from Piet Mondrian’s Painting No. 9, at left above. The ample white areas can be read as either flat surface or limitless space, and the colors, placed near the edge, draw the eye away from the center. As a result, the image hovers, as though weightless, in timeless silence or suspended energy. Mondrian believed that colors expressed spiritual light as well as emotion.

YOUR CHALLENGE: Explore your city’s architecture with Mondrian’s concepts in mind. Take a photo of your favorite building and share with #Phillips95 for a chance to win two tickets (+ two free drinks!) to Phillips after 5 on June 2. We’ll announce winners May 25.

Celebrate Sketching on National Notebook Day

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A page from Rebecca Kingery’s notebook (left) next to Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas’s “Melancholy” (right)

It’s National Notebook Day! For some that means writing, for some that means drawing. In response to a former Phillips employee’s drawing that we shared last week, several of you sent in pages from your own sketchpads. Celebrate notebooks today and share more of your creations!

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Bud Wilkinson’s rendition of Pierre Bonnard’s “The Palm” at left; the painting in The Phillips Collection at right

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Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly’s “Untitled (EK 927)” at left; Rebecca Kingery’s sketch at right