When photographing works of art inside The Phillips Collection, we kindly ask that you disable the flash feature on your camera. On most cameras, the button bares a symbol of a lightening bolt. Please check with the manufacturer of your particular camera on disabling the flash feature.
By disabling the flash, you’re helping us to preserve the masterpieces within the Collection. In order to achieve the best images possible, you may have to increase the ISO setting of the camera to compensate for the lack of flash. Higher ISO settings capture more detail in low light situations, but may also introduce graininess.
Left, photo taken with auto ISO settings. Right, photo taken with ISO 100.
Left, photo taken with ISO 200 setting. Right, photo taken with ISO 800 setting.
Another setting to check is white balance, which accounts for the type of lighting in your scene. This setting allows for accurate color reproduction so that images aren’t too warm (red toned) or cool (blue toned). You can spot these differences in the above photos as well.
I find it’s best to take a few test shots to check for color accuracy. Use the highest ISO setting you can without distorting the image.
The images above were captured using a standard 5MP cell phone camera. It’s pretty surprising the amount of control you have over image settings in a cell phone today.
Happy photographing, and enjoy the Collection!
(Photographs above capture stills from choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake featured in the Degas’s Dancers at the Barre exhibition.)
BMW is one of the most recognized automotive brands available today, incorporating both cutting edge technology and superb design elements into their cars year after year. One unique facet of the brand is their series of art cars, which combines pop art and the automobile, fusing both into a product that is more than a display piece. Make no mistake, these babies are meant to be driven, and in some instances, raced professionally in the grueling 24 Hours of LeMans. Beginning with the first commission in 1975 by Alexander Calder, the art car series has expanded to 17 models, showcasing the talents of David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol. Works by Hockney, Lichtenstein, and Stella are in the collection here at the Phillips, and Stella’s latest series is the subject of our current exhibition.
Stella was commissioned by BMW in 1979 to produce an art car based on his Polar Coordinates series of paintings and prints, however he did another art car for a private client in 1979 using the same theme. The grid pattern is said to represent latitude and longitude, with areas of blue, rose, gray, and purple accenting parts of the car.
In the video , you’ll catch a quick glimpse of Stella’s K.43 (lattice variation) protogen RPT sculpture at 29 seconds. You can see the work in its entirety on display in our 3rd floor gallery through September 4 as part of the Stella Sounds: The Scarlatti K Series exhibition.
Interestingly enough, the Stella BMW M1 art car is slated to go on the auction block at Bonhams this August.
-Sandy Lee, IT Support Specialist
Screenshot of Google homepage with July 22, 2011 Calder-inspired doodle
Today marks the birthday of legendary sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976), and to honor this event, Google has ingeniously re-created their logo as an interactive mobile similar to the ones Calder is famous for. When the user clicks and drags the various panes and shapes of the mobile, it begins to rotate in the direction desired. Keen-eyed users will notice the faint drop shadow below the search box that mimics the sculpture’s movements above.
-Sandy Lee, IT Support Specialist