Spotlight on Intersections@5: Xavier Veilhan

The Phillips celebrates the fifth anniversary of its Intersections contemporary art series with Intersections@5, an exhibition comprising work by 20 of the participating artists. In this blog series, each artist writes about his or her work on view.

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Xavier Veilhan, Sitting Nude, 2000. Jet print mounted on aluminum, 63 x 47 1/4 in. Gift of the artist, 2013

Sitting Nude is a self-portrait in a somewhat melancholic, dark lighting. The pose recalls a classical archetypal representation of the sitting nude, like Rodin’s The Thinker. It is part of a series of portraits of individuals and couples. Some are dancing, others are fighting. Some are just resting and contemplating, like this piece. It is something I have continued to explore with other nudes, like the ones presented in my show Music at Galerie Perrotin in Paris (March 2015). More than anything else, the focus lies on the silhouette. I believe that the psychology of the human representation in art also comes from the way the figure is standing or the way the body is installed in a certain position, and not only from the face, as is the case in the more traditional psychological portraiture. This doesn’t, however, mean I don’t look for expression. Although Sitting Nude is related to a generic idea of the human body, it also refers to something specific; in this case, myself. The melancholy of the image is more related to an assumed and manifested ethic for beauty.

Xavier Veilhan

Artists Among Us: Intersections@5

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Several Intersections artists were able to attend the opening. L to R: Jae Ko, Linn Meyers, Annabel Daou, Vesela Sretenovic (curator), Jean Meisel, Bernhard Hildebrandt, Barbara Liotta, Jeanne Silverthorne, Tayo Heuser.

Last week, eight of the 21 artists featured in Intersections@5 were at the museum for the exhibition opening. Check out photos from the event!

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Artists and guests at the opening of Intersections@5.

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Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski at the opening of Intersections@5.

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Artists and guests enjoying the opening of Intersections@5.

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A great turnout for the opening!

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(Left) Jennifer Wen Ma’s Brain Storm, 2009 (Right) Installation view of Allan de Souza’s work.

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Artists and guests at the Intersections@5 opening.

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A full courtyard at the Intersections@5 reception.


Installing Intersections@5


Works by Intersections artists Linn Meyers and Allan deSouza await wall hangings. All photos courtesy The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

You can see all of these works in the galleries at tonight’s Intersections@5 Artists’ Perspectives, but we snapped a few shots of the installation process that took place earlier this week and last.


Installation of Intersections@5 in progress.


Installation of Alyson Shotz’s Allusion of Gravity (2005)


Installation of Alyson Shotz’s Allusion of Gravity (2005)


Installation of Alyson Shotz’s Allusion of Gravity (2005)


Detail of Barbara Liotta’s Crenae (2014)


Barbara Liotta installing Crenae (2014) in the main stairwell.