Landscape Parallels: Gornik’s Lake Light and Irish Skies

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April Gornik, Lake Light, 2008. Oil on linen, 72 1/4 x 108 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. Both Paul G. Allen Family Collection.

Phillips fan Candace Carota Pollack saw April Gornik’s Lake Light (2008), on view in Seeing Nature, in a photo the Phillips shared on Facebook and noticed a striking similarity to some pictures she took during a trip to Ireland. Candace’s photos are below; I can’t help but agree that the ominous clouds and blue-green color palette of Pollack’s photos are echoed in Gornik’s painting.

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Panorama of a stormy sky in Ireland. Photo: Candace Carota Pollack

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“Then it got too close and we just got in the car in time to not get soaked,” says Candace of this photo.

ArtGrams: It’s in the Details


Closeup of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party from Instagrammer @mariliazim

You’ve been taking advantage of that camera zoom and getting into the heart of the works on view at the Phillips. For this month’s ArtGrams, we’re sharing some of our favorite detail shots from visitors.


Detail shot of Per Kirkeby’s Untitled (2012) , a recent gift from art collector and dealer Michael Werner, by @elevenrivington


Instagrammer @rebecouli snapped a closeup of Mark Rothko’s Green and Maroon (1953)


Instagrammer @eyeofsi went beyond the frame for this detail shot of one of our fireplaces: “Tetris, seats, or retired fireplace?”


Detail of Annette Messager’s installation Mes petites effigies (My Little Effigies) (1989-90) by Instagrammer @jeffreysartfeed


Detail shot of Paul Klee’s Arab Song (1932) by Instagrammer @dantonlpz


Instagrammer @tuckerwonders zoomed in on this moment in Pierre-August Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party


Wolfgang Laib’s wax room, a permanent installation at the Phillips, is a popular photo stop with visitors, but Instagrammer @goffashley’s closeup captures an exceptionally intimate perspective.

ArtGrams: Around the Phillips

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This shot of the exterior of the original Phillips building, emphasizing the red facade, is brought to you by Instagrammer @miquelcar

There are plenty of mesmerizing works on view at the Phillips, but for this month’s ArtGrams, we’re highlighting photos from visitors who looked beyond the canvas.

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Via Instagrammer @wolfofkstreet: “Tête-à-tête chairs in this incredible Georgian Revival house turned gallery. Just one of the many reasons this is one of my favorite places in the city.”

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A rare shot of the window details as seen from 21st Street, NW by Instagrammer @smitn

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Via Instagrammer @babesicle: “Stylish Mondrian wall and chair up in the museum coffee shop! Perfect place to chill out after being on our feet all day.”

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Via Instagrammer @laura_ewan: “New art installation outside Phillips. Miss walking by this every day.”

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We can never get enough of the Music Room. Here’s a great image captured by Instagrammer @Sstephaniediaz.