ArtGrams: Appreciating Morris Louis

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Via Instagrammer @_samjang_ #MorrisLouis #DC

This month’s ArtGrams features Morris Louis’s large-scale painting Seal (1959). Here are some of our favorite interactions with the work snapped by Instagrammers.

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Instagrammer @jonathanaustinart: “Checking out the masterpieces at The Phillips Collection. Best way to start my weekend. Morris Louis’s paintings.”

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We see some Louis reflections in this scarf! Shot by @rareformproperties.

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Thanks, @belleauroradesigns! “Love the @phillipscollection”

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Black top / black jeans / black paint. Photo by @dannythimm

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Cropping just the corner and putting a tinted filter over Louis’s vibrant colors casts “Seal” in a new light. Photo by @willballantynereid


A Gallery of Color

The Phillips is home to radiant works by the Washington Color School. Don’t miss the gallery featuring brilliant paintings by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Gene Davis, and Thomas Downing, artist who frequented the museum and were inspired by the American Modernist and French Impressionist works in the galleries. Leo Villareal’s pulsating Scramble offers a contemporary twist to the Color Field canvases.

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Left to right: Grid 31 (1970) by Thomas Downing, April (1960) by Kenneth Noland, Seal (1959) by Morris Louis, Cycle (1960) by Kenneth Noland, Number 182 (1961) by Morris Louis, and Scramble (2011) by Leo Villareal

Color Splash

(Left) Morris Louis, Seal, 1959. Acrylic on canvas, 101-1/8 x 140-3/4 in. Gift of Marcella Brenner Revocable Trust, 2011 ©1994 Marcella Louis Brenner. (Right) Morris Louis, Number 182, 1961. Acrylic on unprimed canvas, 82 1/4 x 33 1/4 inches, Acquired 1962. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

The latest in a series of 90 Years of New anniversary installations opened yesterday and showcases the Phillips’s recent acquisition, Morris Louis’s Seal (1959). The installation is on view through October 9, 2011.