An Impossible Equation

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Man Ray’s Equation (1947, oil on canvas, 16 × 20 1/8 in, private collection) alongside the drawing that preceded it.

Man Ray painted Equation (at left above) in Hollywood based on his 1939 drawing (at right). While the composition reveals recognizable elements from different mathematical models that appear in other Shakespearean Equation paintings, this canvas contains no suggestion of human entities or references to Shakespeare. It is also the only painting in the series that does not replicate any model in its entirety. Nonetheless, Equation notably foreshadows the Shakespearean Equations project, and Man Ray subsequently incorporated the canvas into the series.

From Our Family To Yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

From the Phillips family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! Here are some of our favorite artist portrayals of family from the collection.

Family 1

George Bellows, My Family, No. 2, 1921. Lithograph on paper. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1945

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Arnold Newman, Estee Lauder Family Group, 1979/printed later. Gelatin silver print, overall: 11 in x 14 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Gift of Adam and Susan Finn, 2012

family 3

Henry Moore, Family Group, 1946. Bronze, 17 1/2 x 13 x 8 5/8 in.The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1947

Water, Water Everywhere

Right now in São Paulo, Sandra Cinto is putting the finishing touches on ink and acrylic drawings on very large canvases. On Sunday she arrives in D.C., canvases in tow, and on Monday she begins the process of unrolling, stretching, and mounting them in our café before she begins drawing directly on the walls around them. When she’s done and One Day, After the Rain opens on May 19, I have a feeling that entering the café will feel like entering a deluge–undulating waves, sheets of rain, refreshing and invigorating.

Last month, Cinto opened another installation, Encontro das Águas (Encounter of Waters) at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Watch the pavilion transform into an unbridled seascape in the time-lapse video below.

Cecilia Wichmann, Publicity and Marketing Manager