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June 08, 2011

Washington, D.C.: Double Opening at The Phillips Collection

By Departures Dispatch | Arts + Culture


Two of the biggest names in abstract art, Wassily Kandinsky and Frank Stella, will have openings at Washington, D.C.'s Phillips Collection on June 11. Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence is an in-depth study of the Russian painter's famous 1913 Painting with White Border, which will be on view alongside 11 of his preparatory studies in oil, watercolor, ink and pencil. Using infrared technology and chemical analyses, specialists found that this series sheds light on Kandinsky's creative process. Also in the gallery is the first museum presentation of Frank Stella's sonata-inspired work. Titled Stella Sounds: The Scarlatti K Series, the exhibit features eight sculptures evoking the melodies and rhythms of 18th-century Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti and 20th-century American musicologist Ralph Kirkpatrick. The wall-mounted pieces echo Kandinsky's brightly colored abstract themes but with a 21st-century fabrication process involving lightweight white resin, industrial automotive paint and steel tubing. On view through September 4 at 1600 21st St. NW; 202-387-2151; phillipscollection.org.

Photo © 2011 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph © 2011 Bruce White