Behind-the-Scenes: Installing Gauguin to Picasso

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Paul Gauguin’s NAFEA faaipoipo (When Will You Marry?) gets an inspection before hanging in in the Phillips’s galleries. Photo: Renee Maurer

Phillips Curator Renee Maurer and Associate Registrar for Exhibitions Trish Waters snapped photos as Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland, The Staechelin & Im Obersteg Collections was installed early last month.

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Installing Paul Gauguin’s NAFEA faaipoipo (When Will You Marry?). Photo: Renee Maurer

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(left) Installing works by Alexej von Jawlensky. Photo: Renee Maurer (right) Curator Renee Maurer with Chaim Soutine’s Child with a Toy. Photo: Trish Waters

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Installing works by Alexej von Jawlensky. Photo: Renee Maurer

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(left) The installation team with Pablo Picasso’s The Absinthe Drinker [verso: Woman at the Theater]. Photo: Trish Waters (right) Putting the finishing touches on a frame. Photo: Trish Waters

Installing Intersections@5

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Works by Intersections artists Linn Meyers and Allan deSouza await wall hangings. All photos courtesy The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

You can see all of these works in the galleries at tonight’s Intersections@5 Artists’ Perspectives, but we snapped a few shots of the installation process that took place earlier this week and last.

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Installation of Intersections@5 in progress.

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Installation of Alyson Shotz’s Allusion of Gravity (2005)

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Installation of Alyson Shotz’s Allusion of Gravity (2005)

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Installation of Alyson Shotz’s Allusion of Gravity (2005)

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Detail of Barbara Liotta’s Crenae (2014)

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Barbara Liotta installing Crenae (2014) in the main stairwell.

Hanging Man Ray’s Obstruction

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Preparators install Man Ray’s Obstruction (1920/editioned replica 1964). Photos: Trish Waters

Installing Man Ray’s Obstruction, a carefully balanced mobile comprising over 60 wooden coat hangers, was no small feat for Phillips preparators. Check out these before and after shots.

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Installation view: Man Ray, Obstruction, 1920/editioned replica 1964. Assisted readymade: 63 wooden coat hangers, 43 5/16 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Gift of Beatrice (Buddy) Mayer, Chicago, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, B84.0027. © Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2015. Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Avshalom Avital.