ArtGrams: Framing the Elephant


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We’re sad to see Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color go, but Appel’s The Elephant remains on our corner for a bit longer! In this month’s ArtGrams, we’re sharing your creative shots of this sculpture. Share your photos in and around the museum for a chance to be featured on the blog.


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ArtGrams is a monthly series in which we feature our favorite Instagrammed pictures taken around or inspired by the museum. Each month, we’ll feature a different theme based on trends we’ve seen in visitor photos. Hashtag your images with #PhillipsCollection or tag your location for a chance to be featured.

Karel Appel’s Unabashed Public Persona

Deputy Director for Curatorial and Academic Affairs Klaus Ottmann introduces Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color in this short video. Of Appel, Ottmann says, “his fast rise as an artist was to a large extent due to his unabashed public persona and his direct painting style that provoked public and critical debates.”

A Peek Into Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color

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Karel Appel, Flower Still Life, 2004. Photo: Liza Strelka

Manager of Exhibitions Liza Strelka snapped these photos during the installation of Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color, opening this Saturday.

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Karel Appel, Flower Still Life (detail), 2004. Photo: Liza Strelka

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Karel Appel, Roman Infantryman, 2000. Found objects and oil on wood, 78 x 41 x 59 in. Gift of the Karel Appel Foundation, 2016. Photo: Liza Strelka