Friday, April 11, 2014

Just Checking In

I'm out of town this weekend in Memphis for a wedding so blogging is proving to be a little tricky. But I just wanted to pop in and share a few pics of what I left behind in D.C.

Yesterday was beautiful. The city was beautiful.
I had organized a little afternoon outing for some of the attorneys where I work and it was such a nice escape from the office. I accompanied them to the Phillips Collection to see the new "Made in America" exhibit. It had been a while since I'd visited any galleries so I was looking forward to getting out of the office and wondering around with my nose too close to the painting so I can see the details, the thick paint, the layers that I love so much.

The exhibit fills all three floors of the building and features an impressive collection of American artists and it was simply a refreshing and relaxing way to spend my lunch break.
The Rothko Room- which has a very tranquil, spiritual quality to it. 
Bradley Walker Tomlin, No.8. Love that if you look at this for a little longer the seemingly random placed brushstrokes become rhythmic and reasonable. 
 
Clyfford Still, 1950-B. I liked this one because it was dark and creepy and the black looks like the profile of a face. 
I like to get just a little too close to see all that thick, gloppy paint. 
This painting by Willem de Kooning is called Asheville after the North Carolina town which just endeared it to me. 
Ben Kahn's Still Music is simply fantastic. I love the chaotic music stands and chairs. 
And even though it wasn't part of the Made In America exhibit I couldn't resist spending time staring at this Degas, I just love the subject. 

Feeling much more relaxed I took the long way back to the office, enjoying the sunshine and the blooms finally opening and I topped it off with some frozen yogurt from Pinkberry. 
The rest of the afternoon passed quickly and then I was on my way to the airport. Arriving in Memphis I was quickly greeted by TJ who had so sweetly brought me a half rack of ribs from Central BBQ. That boy, he knows the way to my heart. It was just the perfect start to a fun weekend! 


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  1. Thanks for sharing those pictures. I'm not exactly art lover, but I do like to visit galleries and appreciate art in many forms. Don't know if I'll ever make it to this gallery so thanks again for a glimpse.

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  2. I love the unnamed painting with the music stands too! Have a fun weekend.

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    1. Found out it's called "Still Music" by Ben Kahn. Thanks!

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  3. Beautiful, Shannon. Thanks for sharing the art and the blossoms!

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