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Ten Americans After Paul Klee at The Phillips Collection

February 20, 2018

Through May 6, 2018, visit The Phillips Collection to see Ten Americans: After Paul Klee, an exhibition shedding new light on important figures in American Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting who adapted aspects of Swiss-born artist Paul Klee’s art and ideology into their own artistic development.

 

Featuring more than 60 works from collections in the US and Switzerland, the exhibition is the first to feature Klee in dialogue with William Baziotes, Gene Davis, Adolph Gottlieb, Norman Lewis, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Jackson Pollock, Theodoros Stamos, Mark Tobey, and Bradley Walker Tomlin.

The Phillips Collection, acquired 1948 (Photo by: Paul Klee, Young Moe, 1938) The Phillips Collection, acquired 1948

 

Paul Klee (1879–1940) was a successful painter and an inspirational teacher at the experimental Bauhaus School and Düsseldorf Academy of Art. By 1933, however, the market for his art collapsed when the Nazis purged his work from Germany’s state-owned museums. Many of Klee’s artistic comrades and dealers fled Europe for New York, but Klee and his wife, Lily, returned to his hometown of Bern, Switzerland.

 

While Klee himself never joined his peers across the Atlantic, his works traveled there in great numbers, stimulating an enthusiastic reception by a young generation of American artists who, after the horrors of World War II, were searching for an art form removed from the external world. In Klee, they found a liberating example of an artist who drew upon many ideas gaining currency in the international artistic avant-garde, including the art of indigenous cultures, the power of symbolic language, the method of working from the unconscious, and an interest in probing nature’s invisible forces. Klee’s stylistically diverse body of work resonated with American abstract artists searching for a new personal language of expression.

The ten Americans featured in the exhibition did not seek to emulate or copy Klee’s style, nor did they all necessarily cite Klee as a direct influence; each encountered and drew upon Klee’s art and ideology in various ways. By considering the synergies between Klee and the ten Americans, this exhibition highlights the pivotal transatlantic exchange between Europe and the United States that helped shape the course of modern art.

 

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


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Carol Schwartz at Christ Church Feb. 8

January 15, 2018

Georgetown Village invites the community to hear Carol Schwartz discuss her new memoir, Quite A Life! From Defeat to Defeat and Back on February 8, 2018 beginning at 6:00 pm at Christ Church, 3116 O Street in Georgetown.

 

Carol knows about the dynamic world of local politics having served for 16 years on the DC Council.  She will talk about her life with characteristic candor and share her opinions with unbridled honesty – and humor. 

 

Please call the Georgetown Village office at 202.999.8988 to attend as light refreshments will be provided.

 

Georgetown Village welcomes all to attend community lectures at no cost.


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Charm of Chinoiserie at WWS Jan. 12-14

January 4, 2018

The 2018 Washington Winter Show (WWS) welcomes back many familiar faces with over 40 dealers from across the U.S. and Europe, offering a broad range of exquisite antiques and fine arts. The Show runs January 12-14, at the Katzen Arts Center on the campus of American University at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

 

Complimenting this year’s theme, the Charm of Chinoiserie, the renowned floral designer, Laura Dowling will lend her talents in creating floral installations for the show, interpreting a series of hand-painted de Gournay panels on loan for the show. The former Chief Floral Designer at the White House (2009-2015), Dowling is known for using flowers as a strategic tool for communicating diplomatic, symbolic and policy messages in a style that is evocative of nature and the garden. 

Bandstand (Photo by: washingtonwintershow.org) Bandstand

 

In addition to this special installation, the 2018 Show features a loan exhibition, “In the Chinese Style,” curated by Grant Quertermous of Tudor Place Historic House & Garden. The exhibit features objects from a variety of museums and private collections, including Dumbarton House, Monticello, Montpelier, Gunston Hall, Stratford Hall and Tudor Place, that illustrate the fanciful and often imagined Chinese-style designs that western craftsmen incorporated into furniture, textiles, and other decorative arts throughout the 18th and 19th century.

 

Two exciting events are on the schedule for Saturday, January 13, 2018.  First, at 11:00 am is the second annual Design Panel, lead this year by House Beautiful editor in chief, Sophie Dow Donelson. Later that afternoon, The Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner takes the stage to offer his take on investing today. Both events will take place at the Katzen Arts Center and are included with admission to the Show. 

 

Once again, proceeds will benefit the WWS’s charity partners: THEARC, Bishop John T. Walker School, and the Founders Board of St. John’s Community Services.

 

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