To celebrate Diane’s birthday, father’s day ,and my birthday, Diane, Carly, Joshua,(wife and children) with Jen and Scott (their sweethearts) spent the day in Washington, DC. Our plans included visits to the National Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, and Jaleo’s restaurant.
The National has just acquired three of Mark Rothko’s paintings commission by the Seagram’s Co to be displayed in a New York City restaurant http://www.nga.gov/collection/rothko.shtm.
These paintings are of particular interest to us after seeing the broadway play “Red,” which is about Rothko and the Seagrams’s commission. Seeing the play and loving Rothko’s work upped the anticipation. The paintings lived up to our very high expectations.
Good fortune allowed us to see the unscheduled early opening of a major George Bellows show http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/bellowsinfo.shtm at the National Gallery.
I think George Bellows is one of the best painters of light and mood of the American regionalist period. Of particular interest and delight for me is the buttery application of paint he used in his early works and his simplification of form that edges up to abstraction. Oddly, his later works evolved toward a more illustrative, tight style, losing that lush freedom that I love.
The highlight of the day was the extensive exhibition of the works of Jasper Johns at the Phillips Collection. Wow, what a show! Johns is famous for saying that art is the result of “Do something, do something to that, and then do something to that.”Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/jasperjohn360567.html#Vq2cVBrqeCxo6Yxx.99
This show features exactly the philosophy stated in his quote. .http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/8473