January #Phillips95 Challenge: Lightplay

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Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly’s 2013 exhibition at The Phillips Collection. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

For the first monthly #Phillips95 social media challenge of the year, we’re taking inspiration from Ellsworth Kelly, who passed away at the age of 92 last month. Among his many contributions to the art world, Kelly was known for blurring the lines between painting, drawing, and sculpture, creating irregularly shaped canvases, layered reliefs, and engaging light and shadow as elements in his work.

YOUR CHALLENGE: Take a photo that plays with light and shadow and share it with #Phillips95 for a chance to win two tickets (+ two free drinks!) to Phillips after 5: Opposites Attract on February 4. We’ll announce winners Jan. 19. NOTE: we can only see your submissions if your account is public.

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Depending on the time of day it’s viewed, Kelly’s Untitled (EK927) can be a completely different visual experience. (left: Lee Stalsworth; right: Instagrammer @bedspring)


Visitors @papershadow and @riotmary found moments of lightplay in and around the Phillips on their trips to the museum.

ArtGrams: Alexander Calder


Via Instagrammer @kairilook: “Beyond the circus”

Installed in a staircase at the Phillips are three works by Alexander Calder from the museum’s collection: Red Polygons (c. 1950), Hollow Egg (1939), and Only, Only Bird (1951). In this month’s ArtGrams, we’re featuring your creative shots of all three.


Via Instagrammer @badagarla: “‘Hollow Egg’ by Alexander Calder”


Instagrammer @janouka caught Calder’s Only, Only Bird in profile


Instagrammer @vajiajia: “Dance, #Calder, dance!”


Instagrammer @leonieboothclibborn captured multiple shadows of Calder’s Hollow Egg


Instagrammer @dave.wolanski: “#Chicken #butt, that’s what!”


When Instagrammer @brennan_bok strips this image of color, it’s hard to tell what is mobile and what is shadow.


Via Instagrammer @cra66x


Instagrammer @burtatochanga snaps Calder’s Only, Only Bird from above