A Saturday visit to two centers of art in Washington, DC.
The Phillips Collection
My favorite art museum in DC, this is the place to take visitors from out-of-town. Located about a block from the DuPont Metro Station (at 21st and Q NW), Duncan Phillips started the collection in the family residence in 1918, and opened it to the public in 1921.
The most famous painting in the collection is Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party”. People really love this painting, and for good reason.
A detail of the ceiling and mantlepiece in the Music Room.
The gallery rooms in the original residence are intimate and calming. They stress that the furniture in the rooms is intended to be used, and these galleries are nice places to relax.
Staircase in the Sant Building, looking out onto the courtyard. This used to be an apartment building, and a complete interior rebuild was completed in 2006. It added additional gallery space, an auditorium, a library, classroom, and workshop space.
National Gallery of Art, East Building
Part of the immense Calder mobile (untitled) completed just before he died. It weighs about 1,000 pounds but moves subtly in the air light currents inside the building.
On the main floor with Ellsworth Kelly’s “Color Panels for a Large Wall” in the background.
Painting, viewed from above.
“Multiverse”, by Leo Villareal, is a light sculpture that lives alongside the underground moving walkways between the East Building and the cage/museum shop at the east footing of the West Building. This shot looked awful in the Leica’s monitor, but it actually “cleans up pretty good” in the computer. I need to go back and try a few more shots.