Creativity in Progress: What’s happening on the café walls?

Panorama of Tryst at the Phillips Cafe as the walls are being painted

The walls of Tryst at the Phillips café, in transition. Photo: Amy Wike

You didn’t think we would leave the walls of Tryst at the Phillips café bare, did you? It’s been just over a week since the Phillips bid adieu to Sandra Cinto’s installation, but we are working on a plan to brighten the place up again. Check back in September to see what we’ve cooked up; until then, pardon our dust!

Image of sign reading Creativity in Progress

Creativity in progress. The café upgrade will be completed soon. Photo: Sarah Osborne Bender

Through the Microscope: ‘Pot d’Etain et Assiette de Fruits’ by Georges Braque, 1944

Selected views of the unvarnished paint surface of Braque's small still life seen through the microscope at 20x magnification. Examining a painting through the microscope can be like looking into another world. The surface of this picture, in particular, resembles a Martian landscape, with craters in the green paint (formed by air bubbles in the wet paint) and 'boulders' of sand mixed throughout. In reality, the microscope is an important aid in learning about an artist's materials and working methods as well as understanding an artwork's state of preservation. 'Pot d'Etain et Assiette de Fruits' is part of the permanent collection and is now on view at the Phillips. Photos: Patricia Favero