Through The Lens of Sculpture


Bernardi Roig’s The Man of the Light (2005), as seen through Morris Graves’s Weather Prediction Instruments for Meteorologists (1962 / completed 1999)

Director of the Center and Curator-at-Large Klaus Ottmann recently replaced the galleries previously occupied by A Tribute to Anita Reiner with a new installation highlighting works from the permanent collection, including a handful of sculptures. The works interact with Bernardi Roig‘s installation in the stairwell, as well as the surrounding paintings, in an interesting way. Here’s a peek inside the galleries.

morris graves

Morris Graves, Surf and Bird, ca. 1940. Gouache on paper, 26 3/8 x 29 3/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1942


David Smith’s Bouquet of Concaves (1950) with Richard Diebenkorn’s Girl with Plant (1960) and Boy by Bernard Karfiol (n.d.)


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Mili_Harmonica Virtuoso

Gjon Mili, Multiple Images of Harmonica Virtuoso Larry Adler Performing with Dancer Paul Draper, 1941. Gelatin silver print, overall: 14 in x 11 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Gift of Cam and Wanda Garner, 2013

Daumier_Strong Man

Honoré Daumier, The Strong Man, ca. 1865. Oil on wood panel, Framed: 18 3/8 in x 21 5/8 in x 2 3/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1928

Degas_dancers at the barre

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Dancers at the Barre, ca. 1900. Oil on canvas, framed: 46 in x 58 3/8 in x 3 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1944

(b)logs for the Fire: Part 1

Part of what makes The Phillips Collection unique is that the art on the walls is always rotating. But it is also important to note that some of the residents of the collection do have permanent homes. So permanent, in fact, that they were built right into the walls. Many visitors are perhaps familiar with the ornate and beautiful detailing of the Music Room fire place, but sprinkled throughout the gallery are several others—each with their own unique details, styles, and character. Here a just a few examples of what can emerge if you look closer.

baby detail

This little guy is a permanent resident of the West Parlor. What have those little baby eyes seen through the years?

fleur de lis detail

The repeating fleur de lis-style pattern on these bricks lies underneath a glassy, cracked glaze. From certain angles, you can barely make out the design at all.

Swirl detail

Hidden swirls and circles everywhere! This fireplace has a decorative wrought-iron detail and a textured fireplace interior wall.

Check back tomorrow for more fireplace details.

Emily Hurwitz, Marketing and Communications Intern