The Phillips Collection will exhibit Zilia Sánchez Soy Isla (I Am an Island), February 16-May 19.The exhibition will be the first museum retrospective of the contemporary Cuban artist’s work. Some 65 works of her works will be shown, including paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, and sculptural pieces, plus illustrations, design sketches, and ephemera. Many of Sánchez’s works reference protagonists from ancient mythology, while others have reoccurring motifs of lunar shapes, erotic topologies, and tattoo drawing. The exhibition title, Soy Isla (I am an Island), is “a personal metaphor for Sanchez's experience as an islander—connected and disconnected from both the mainland and mainstream art currents.”
The Phillips Collection is presenting a new series of works titled It Seems Like It’s Going To Be by prominent contemporary American artist Richard Tuttle, thru December 30.Tuttle is best known for "his subtle and enigmatic abstract works." The “elaborate installation combines Tuttle’s poetry and artwork, which ranges from intimate drawings to mixed media paintings and large sculptural assemblages." The exhibition is part of the Phillips’s ongoing Intersections series, which invites contemporary artists to create "work that engages the museum’s permanent collection and architecture, and explores the intersections of modern and contemporary art practices." The exhibition is the first to be housed in the newly re-opened historic Phillips House galleries following a year-long renovation project.
The Phillips Collection is exhibiting a major survey of nearly 200 years of Nordic art, featuring many works never seen before in the U.S., thru January 13, 2019. The exhibition, titled Nordic Impressions: Art from Åland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, 1821-2018, includes works by 53 artists, including paint & video installations. Nordic Impressions pays tribute to the artistic excellence of 19th- and 20th-century Nordic painters, such as Edvard Munch, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Anders Zorn, and Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval. The exhibition also includes works by prominent contemporary artists.Works by many women artists are featured as well. Dorothy Kosinski, Vradenburg Director and CEO of The Phillips Collection has commented that “We are thrilled to showcase the art of the Nordic countries. It has been very satisfying to have worked over the past few years with the embassies that are our neighbors here in Washington, DC and with our many colleagues who have such rich expertise.” Klaus Ottmann, Deputy Director for Curatorial and Academic Affairs at the Phillips commented that “This show is a culmination of my impressions from the works I saw after traveling throughout the Nordic regions.”
Image below: Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter, Nervelings I-V, 2018, Synthetic fiber, rope, dimensions variable, Collection of the artist. Visit www.phillipscollection.org/