Gifford Beal, Center Ring, 1922. Oil on canvas, 22 x 26 1/8 in. Acquired 1922. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
One of my favorite paintings in the permanent collection is Gifford Beal’s Center Ring (1922). I am always drawn to it when I am perusing the second floor galleries—there’s just something about it. It feels alive. If there is one painting I would love to see come alive (à la Night at the Museum) it would be this. It would be like…going to the circus.
Did you know that Gifford Beal was actually the uncle of Marjorie Phillips, Duncan Phillips’s wife? It seems artistic talent ran in the family!
Jane Clifford, Marketing Intern
Harpsichordist Steven Silverman rehearsing today in the gallery beside Frank Stella's exciting K.43 (lattice variation) protogen RPT (full-size). Photo: Sarah Osborne Bender
If you’ve wondered what Frank Stella was listening to when he created the sculptures in the Scarlatti Kirkpatrick Series, harpsichordist Steven Silverman will be performing tonight in-gallery to share the sounds of the Italian composer’s sonatas. The event is sold out, but visitors to the museum today got a wonderful preview during a rehearsal. Sounds of the instrument could be heard beautifully filtering down all three floors of the galleries.