Earlier this month, Xavier Veilhan installed Jean-Marc, his first permanent public sculpture in the U.S., a stone’s throw away from MoMA on the corner of 53rd Street and Sixth Ave. in New York City. Photos of the installation are up on the artist’s website. On a trip to attend the opening of Wolfgang Laib’s Pollen from Hazelnut at MoMA, Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski passed the giant blue sculpture and immediately noted “there seems to be a nice artistic symmetry between 53rd Street NYC and Q & 21st in D.C.” The sharp edges and larger-than-life quality of the sculpture do indeed bear a striking resemblance to Veilhan’s The Bear outside the Phillips.
In New York to retrieve the Phillips’s Wayne Thiebauld painting, Five Rows of Sunglasses (2000), from its run in Acquavella Galleries’ retrospective, Associate Registrar Trish Waters spotted another of our beloved works on a lamppost banner above East 79th Street. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is using the Phillips’s Interior with Egyptian Curtain (1948), to announce their exhibition Matisse: In Search of True Painting, opening today.