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'Points, Lines, and Colors in Succession' at The Phillips Collection

October 10, 2013

This fall, four works by John F. Simon Jr. (b. 1963) will be on view in the grand stairwell of the Phillips Collection house, alongside Wassily Kandinsky's Succession (1935) from the museum's collection. The new media works—which incorporate drawing, manufactured materials, software, and computer-generated fabrication—are inspired by the river form, as well as Kandinsky’s geometric compositions. Points, Lines, and Colors in Succession is on view Oct. 17, 2013–Feb. 9, 2014. 

When Simon visited the Phillips in preparation for his Intersections project Points, Lines, and Colors in Succession, he was taken by the Phillips house stairwell. His background in geology led him to connect the space with a river, a form that he associates with the flow of consciousness. ReMapping (2002) alludes to the idea of restructuring the visible into systems of signs and symbols. Endless Bounty(2005), with its constantly-changing-but-never-repeating imagery, is a portrait of Simon’s life in Manhattan and of the city itself: “a river of resources, consumer goods, and idealized landscapes caught in a tension between the desire for comfort and our responsibility to nature.” 

Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky has also long been an inspiration for Simon. “My deepest connection to Kandinsky,” he says, “is in working methodology: the balance of intuitive experience and precise analytical research.” This duality is reflected in FlowerHead (2010), a bas-relief painting made out of fiberboard and laser-cut formica and inspired by his daily improvisational drawings he calls “expansions.” Moment of Release (2013), a piece created specifically for Intersections, fuses the robotic elements of his formica pieces with the organic flow of the Phillips stairwell. 

Originally from Louisiana, Simon has an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York; an MA in Earth and planetary sciences from Washington University in St. Louis, and an AB in art and ScB in geology from Brown University in Providence. Among his software art projects is an app for singer Björk’s album Biophilia. His works are in the collections of museums across the country, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

John F. Simon Jr. gives an artist’s perspective at the Phillips on Oct. 17 at 6:30 pm.


Inaugurated in 2009, Intersections is a series of contemporary art projects that explores—as the title suggests—the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises. Previous Intersections artists include Jeanne Silverthorne (2013), Xavier Veilhan (2012), A. Balasubramaniam (2011), Jae Ko (2010), Linn Myers (2010), and Jennifer Wen Ma (2009).

The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.

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Beasley RE Offers Dupont Pied-A-Terre

September 29, 2013

If it’s a pied-a-terre you’re looking for, consider Beasley Real Estate’s new listing near Dupont Circle.

The fully renovated studio condominium is move-in ready and offers an in-city lifestyle.

The Webster House (Photo by: Beasley RE) The Webster House
The property, just 1.5 blocks from Dupont Circle and near a metro, underwent a complete renovation this year and offers open, full sized living spaces and generous storage.  Flooded with natural light and direct green views of the private courtyard, this residence also affords a quiet respite from the bustling city.

It  features include new custom window screens, new wood floors throughout, new lighting fixtures, a new open kitchen layout with dedicated breakfast/dining area, new ceiling-height kitchen cabinets, new granite counters and tile floors. 

There’s a full bath renovation with marble in bath/shower walls and floors,

New, modern kitchen (Photo by: Beasley RE) New, modern kitchen
The property is located at The Webster House, 1718 P Street Northwest, which  also just underwent a complete renovation.  

Amenities include front desk security, guest and package delivery assistance, resident-only private courtyard, a rooftop pool and deck with sweeping city views.  There is secure bike storage.

Renovated building lobby (Photo by: Beasley RE) Renovated building lobby
The listing price is $314,999.  The estimated monthly condo fee $429.91 includes all utilities. Cable service not included.

The property is being offered by Nelson Marban, who recently joined Beasley Real Estate.

“Nelson is someone I have known and respected for many years,” said Jim Bell, founder and managing partner.   “Beasley is thrilled and honored to have someone of his reputation and skill on the team.

“He is one of Washington’s top producers and will be an excellent mentor for our associates.”

Marban, formerly of Washington Fine Properties, is licensed in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

For more information, contact Marban at 202-870-6899.





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Best Buddies Car Wash at Fairmont Hotel September 26

September 15, 2013

On Thursday, September 26th, colleagues of The Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown will be holding an exterior car wash in the alley behind the hotel from 11:00 am. – 2:00 pm.  There is no charge, although donations will be taken for Best Buddies* that supports individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Fairmont colleagues lead by Mark S. Andrew, regional vice president and general manager, will use organic car and window cleaners to wash the exterior of the cars.  Vehicles may enter the alley on the side of Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown on 24th Street, N.W.

*The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).   Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world.

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