A Bright and Bold New Century

Happy New Year and Happy Centennial Year to The Phillips Collection!

We are proud to introduce our refreshed logo―made up of bright and bold colors for a fabulous centennial year and beyond.

Our logo, created in 2014, took a cue from Duncan Phillips’s love of color, and was created from a palette drawn from collection favorites―Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880-81), Mark Rothko’s Orange and Red on Red (1957), El Greco’s The Repentant St. Peter (1600-1605), and Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series Panel no. 1 (1940-41).

Original logo palette inspiration

For the Centennial, we build on our lively and welcoming brand and introduce colors drawn from recent acquisitions that highlight the diversity of our growing collection. Duncan Phillips intended his collection to grow and evolve, and our refreshed palette reflects the energy and excitement of our next century.

Centennial logo variations

The refreshed logo pulls colors from:

  • Sam Gilliam, Purple Antelope Space Squeeze, 1987, Diptych: Relief, etching, aquatint and collagraph on handmade paper with embossing, hand-painting and painted collage, 41 1/2 in x 81 5/8 in., Bequest of Marion F. and Norman W. Goldin, 2017
  • Angela Bulloch, Heavy Metal Stack: Fat Cyan Three, 2018, Powder coated steel, Made possible with support from Susan and Dixon Butler, Nancy and Charles Clarvit, John and Gina Despres, A. Fenner Milton, Eric Richter, Harvey M. Ross, George Vradenburg and The Vradenburg Foundation
  • Poul Gernes, Untitled (stripe series with ochre as recurring color), 1965, Enamel paint on Masonite board, 16 panels; 48 x 48 in. each, Acquired in 2019 with support from the Ny Carlsberg Fondet
  • Aolar Mosely, Blocks, c. 1955, Cotton, 75 x 83 in., Museum purchase, and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, 2019
  • Simone Leigh, No Face (Crown Heights), 2018, Terracotta, graphite ink, salt-fired porcelain, epoxy, 20 x 8 x 8 in., Director’s Discretionary Fund, 2018
  • Gene Davis, 65-2, 1965, Acrylic on canvas, 58 1/4 x 74 in., Gift of Richard E. Thompson, 2017
  • Janet Taylor Pickett, And She Was Born, 2017, Acrylic on canvas with collage, 30 x 30 in., Dreier Fund for Acquisitions, 2020

Centennial palette inspiration

Here’s to 100 years of color and 100 more years of collecting!

One thought on “A Bright and Bold New Century

  1. This is very exciting!! I have been a member for many years and have really missed being able to come into DC to view art in your wonderful gallery. Never did I dream that there would be an opportunity to show my artwork to any of you for a juried show of local art. I am so excited to have such and opportunity and even if my work isn’t accepted in the Feb. submission time, I will at least know that someone from the Phillips Collection looked at it. Thank you, thank you. This is surely a fitting way to celebrate your 100th anniversary year.

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