Linn Meyers

It was a year ago, August 22, 2010, that we bid farewell to Linn Meyers’s engrossing and graceful wall mural, at the time being, created as part of our Intersections series. As you’ll see in the video titles, the work was intended to be painted over three months earlier, but both museum staff and visitors couldn’t bear to see it go. Echoing lines and colors from Vincent van Gogh’s The Road Menders (1889), the work drew everyone in to its mandalas, fingerprints, labyrinths, or simply its complex beauty. If you’ll be in Los Angeles, check out Linn’s show at the Hammer Museum, on view until November 6 (or maybe longer if they fall in love as we did?)

The Artist Sees Differently: Joseph Shetler

JOSEPH SHETLER, Museum Assistant

Joseph Shetler, museum assistant on duty in the original House. Photo: Claire Norman

How did you learn about the Phillips?

I had moved here from Arizona and had never really spent much time east of Indiana so I had no idea where to look for a job or what museums where here other than the handful on the mall. So the answer to that question is Craigslist. Turns out, we were a match made in heaven, been together nine months now.

Do you feel you are inspired by the Phillips art?

Definitely. I think I have learned more about painting from my time in the galleries than I did in school. I often get anxious standing among the art because I get ideas that I need to get down on paper. As soon as I am able to get home I often draw until I no longer can. And if I don’t have a chance to work on the idea right away I note it down and give myself time to think about it for a while. Another nice thing about working at the Phillips and being surround by the masters is that you start to grasp what it takes to achieve the quality that museums search for. That quality is the standard I have set for myself. Continue reading “The Artist Sees Differently: Joseph Shetler” »

The Artist Sees Differently: Martin Paddack

MARTIN PADDACK, museum shop book buyer

Martin Paddack with two of his paintings, Light and Time on the Hudson, (left) and Teardrop, Florence (right). (Photo by Rolf Rykken)

How did you learn about the Phillips?

When I came to the United States as a 10 year old, The Phillips Collection (and the National Gallery of Art) were my very first experiences at art museums. My father took me to the Phillips, and I remember sitting with him in the low light of the Rothko Room and having him tell me to simply look and let my eyes adjust to the color. We sat there for a long time. It was a moment that carried me into another world, that within it held both the memory of where I had just come from (South America and the Caribbean) and a mysterious world of color that was to come. I will never forget it.

Read the rest of Martin’s interview here.