The “Eyes” Have It

Clockwise from top left: Stewart Eisenhart from Washington, DC; Yeonsin Ra from Rolla, MO; Christina Rago from MD; and Sheryl St. Michel from Hyattsville, MD.

Clockwise from top left: Stewart Eisenhart from Washington, DC; Yeonsin Ra from Rolla, MO; Christina Rago from MD; and Sheryl St. Michel from Hyattsville, MD.

 

Since American Moments: Photography from The Phillips Collection opened just a few weeks ago, we have already received almost 500 responses to our Make Your Own Portrait in-gallery interactive. The exhibition’s emphasis on vision can be seen in these highlighted submissions, all of which take the human eye as their subject. Be on the lookout for more eye-catching portraits to come!

 

American Acrostics: Milton Avery and John Sloan

John Sloan, Clown Making Up, 1910

John Sloan, Clown Making Up, 1910, Oil on canvas 32 1/8 x 26 in.; 81.5975 x 66.04 cm. Acquired 1919. The Phillips Collection, Washington DC.

To celebrate the last month of Made in the USA, we’ve asked Phillips staff to create acrostic poems for works in the exhibition. We’ll feature some of our favorite submissions over the next few weeks. In this post, Specialist for School, Outreach, and Family Programs Andrea Kim Taylor tries to get inside the head of a young woman writing at a desk and William Spates, Museum Assistant, gets thoughtful about one of his favorite paintings.

 

Milton Avery, Girl Writing
Under the influence of inspiration
She stops to empty her mind
And struggles for expression

Andrea Kim Taylor, Specialist for School, Outreach and Family Programs

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Milton Avery, Shells and Fishermen, 1941. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 1/8 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1943

 

 

 

 

John Sloan, Clown Making Up

Unfulfilled
Survivor
A lifetime of stories to share

William Spates, Museum Assistant

“…the very essence of feathers…”

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Walt Kuhn, Plumes, 1931, Oil on canvas 40 x 30 in.; 101.6 x 76.2 cm.. Acquired 1932. The Phillips Collection, Washington DC.

Let’s let Duncan Phillips tell us about this painting:

“The girl under the Plumes, is thoroughly disillusioned and tired of it all. She seems to sag under her magnificent headdress and wonder perhaps why she ever left home. That headdress nonetheless is a magnificent passage of painting. The feathers are the very essence of feathers and, as texture, they are the apotheosis of pigment.”

That passage is from Phillips’s 1932 catalog to accompany an exhibition at the museum, Kuhn’s first solo show in Washington. Phillips purchased six Kuhn paintings between 1924 and 1943.

This work is on view in the Made in the USA exhibition through August 31, 2014.