A modest exhibition, Paintings by Tomlin, Rothko, Okada opens in The Print Rooms on the ground level of The Phillips Gallery and runs through February 26. This is the first time works by Mark Rothko are exhibited at the museum. The exhibition includes: Mauve Intersection; Plum and Brown; Yellow, Red and Blue; Green and Maroon, Yellow, Green and Black; and Purple and Yellow.
Over the summer, I presented a gallery talk on a series of 12 works by Augustus Vincent Tack, commissioned by Duncan Phillips in 1928. It is currently reinstalled in the wood-paneled Music Room, for which it was originally created. Below are excerpts from the discussion. Join me on December 15 at 6:30 pm for the next in our series of Director’s Perspectives, this time on work by Joseph Marioni.
Duncan Phillips and Augustus Vincent Tack met in 1914 and developed a deep and enduring friendship. Painter and patron had a lot in common: both were born in Pittsburgh and both had deep ties to Yale. Tack played an important role in fostering Duncan Phillips’s appreciation of the power and beauty of modern art.
The Phillips Collection owns seventy-five Tack paintings. “Tack” never became a household name. Whether Tack was fashionable was not the point. Duncan Phillips was passionately engaged in supporting emerging American artists alongside Europeans. The project was never about a suite of trophies, but about getting to know the artist and collecting his work in depth. Continue reading “Director’s Desk: Augustus Vincent Tack” »