Our beautiful tulip magnolia, often a first sign of Washington D.C. spring, has sprouted blooms in late September! I was astonished to see at least five pink blossoms on the tree which has already started to lose its leaves for autumn. With cold weather coming this weekend, these flowers won’t see October.
At Thursday night’s in-gallery conversation with painter Sam Gilliam, curator Renee Maurer asked the artist what works in the Phillips inspired him. He smiled and answered, “Well, there are those magnolia trees in front of the museum.” Throughout the talk, it occurred to me that Mr. Gilliam cited experiences in nature as artistic sources almost as frequently as he did artworks, such as Kenneth Noland’s April […]