The Phillips Collection will exhibit the James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show, September 1-30.The Collection has held a staff show to feature the works of artists employed at the museum for more than 25 years. The staff show was endowed in 1984 by the family of James McLaughlin, who an accomplished still-life painter and who was a student at the Phillips Gallery Art School and also worked at the museum for 50 years. McLaughlin played an active role in the museum’s activities as a gallery preparator and curator until his death in 1982.
The Phillips Collection will present a new series of works titled It Seems Like It’s Going To Be by prominent contemporary American artist Richard Tuttle, September 13–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 will be 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 will be the first to be housed in the newly re-opened historic Phillips House galleries following a year-long renovation project.
The Phillips Collection will exhibit a major survey of nearly 200 years of Nordic art, featuring many works never seen before in the U.S., October 13-January 13, 2019. The exhibition, titled Nordic Impressions: Art from Åland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, 1821-2018, will include works by 53 artists, including paint & video installations. Nordic Impressions will pay 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 will also include works by prominent contemporary artists.Works by many women artists will be 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.”
The Phillips Collection is exhibiting Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, thru September 9.The exhibit spotlights nine leading Aboriginal Australian women artists: Nongirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yununpingu, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Carlene West, and Regina Pilawuk Wilson. Some 60 works are drawn from the collection of Miami-based collectors and philanthropists Debra and Dennis Scholl, “carefully curated by the Scholls in conjunction with Australian art historian Henry F. Skerritt, with many key works commissioned specifically for the exhibition. The artists are from remote Aboriginal communities across Australia, and the subjects of their art are broad, yet each work is an attempt to grapple with fundamental questions of existence, asking us to slow down and pay attention to the natural world. These are marks made upon an “ancient endless infinity,” revealing humanity’s insignificance against the steady movement of time and the cosmos.”