ArtGrams: Appreciating Morris Louis

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Via Instagrammer @_samjang_ #MorrisLouis #DC

This month’s ArtGrams features Morris Louis’s large-scale painting Seal (1959). Louis, founding member of the Washington Color School, spent years working in Washington, DC. He drew inspiration from artists in The Phillips Collection including Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Arthur Dove, Mark Rothko, and Augustus Vincent Tack. Related to his Veil series, Seal was one of the first paintings by Louis to be acquired by a museum. Here are some of our favorite interactions with the work snapped by Instagrammers.

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Instagrammer @jonathanaustinart: “Checking out the masterpieces at The Phillips Collection. Best way to start my weekend. Morris Louis’s paintings.”

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We see some Louis reflections in this scarf! Shot by @rareformproperties.

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Thanks, @belleauroradesigns! “Love the @phillipscollection”

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Black top / black jeans / black paint. Photo by @dannythimm

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Cropping just the corner and putting a tinted filter over Louis’s vibrant colors casts “Seal” in a new light. Photo by @willballantynereid

 

ArtGrams: The Laib Wax Room

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Via Instagrammer @pottergriffin: “#tbt to my parents visiting the Wolfgang Laib #waxroom at the #phillipscollection this past Sunday. I think my dad is pretending to be a bee. They flew back home this morning and I miss them already.”

The Laib Wax Room has been a visitor favorite since its installment in 2013. In this month’s ArtGrams, we’re highlighting some of your creative shots of the space.

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Via Instagrammer @grandnostaflash

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Via Instagrammer @ginacrat: “Evan sniffing the beeswax room”

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Via Instagrammer @thenocallshow: “Ms. @cecilemouthon in a room made of beeswax.”

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Via Instagrammer @amperrlee: “Just casually standing in a teeny room, lined with beeswax.”

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Via Instagrammer @goholmes: “room of wax, featuring rashonda harris”

 

ArtGrams: Giacometti’s Monumental Head

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Via Instagrammer @jfg2003 “Nice one @giacometti.”

We’ve noticed that visitors are quite interested in Alberto Giacometti’s Monumental Head and have been snapping creative photos since it went back on view in our galleries a few months ago. In this month’s installment of ArtGrams (see the first and second installments from previous months), we’re highlighting some of our favorite shots, angles, and interactions with the sculpture.

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Instagrammer @carofogg challenged Giacometti to a staring contest: “Staring contest! Quick! You and me! …..you win, you always doooo”

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Instagrammer @plemeljr says: “Giacometti, ‘Monumental Head’ – very apt name”

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Instagrammer @phia_p stages a playful pose

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Via instagrammer @madfabriholic

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Face-off, as outlined by Instagrammer @caemill: “1913 Kandinsky vs. 1960 Giacometti”