What’s in a Boxing Glove?


Whitfield Lovell, Bleck, 2008. Conté crayon on wood and boxing gloves, 44 1/2 x 21 x 11 in. Courtesy DC Moore Gallery © Whitfield Lovell and DC Moore Gallery, New York

Tableaux such as Bleck, showing boxing gloves dangling from a female figure, are examples of Whitfield Lovell testing assumptions and pressing us to “think a little deeper.” Why do we see a woman and not a man with these boxing gloves? Lovell has altered our usual frame of reference. When we view the gloves less literally, the combination may suggest the woman’s perseverance, strength, and struggle.

Whitfield Lovell: The Kin Series and Related Works is on view through Jan. 8, 2017.

Thank You For a Fantastic 95th Year!

We set out in January to kick off the countdown to our centennial, and what a year of celebrations it’s been!

Our 95th anniversary year by the numbers:

  • 1,100 pound Karel Appel sculpture acquired
  • 39 Phillips Music concerts; 10,389 attendees
  • 16 exhibitions
  • 9,000 members
  • 12 Phillips after 5 events; 7,000 attendees
  • 10,090 studentsparticipated in PrismK.12 tours
  • 65,400 social media followers; 8.3M impressions; 82 ArtGrams shared
  • 90,000 students, teachers, and parents
  • 200 public tours
  • 27,121 cups of coffee served at Tryst at the Phillips
  • 150,902 museum visitors


ArtGrams: Framing Portraits

As part of Arlene Shechet’s Intersections installation, a salon-style display of portraits from the museum’s permanent collection was pulled together. In addition to complementing Shechet’s ceramic works, it turns out this wall is quite photogenic in its own right. Today we highlight a few of our favorite creative shots found in our Instagram feed for this month’s ArtGrams. Share your photos in and around the museum for a chance to be featured on the blog.


A photo posted by Kim C. (@kimacc) on

Mes amies sont belles Pt. I

A photo posted by Daniela (@danielamart__) on

ArtGrams is a monthly series in which we feature our favorite Instagrammed pictures taken around or inspired by the museum. Each month, we’ll feature a different theme based on trends we’ve seen in visitor photos. Hashtag your images with #PhillipsCollection or tag your location for a chance to be featured.