Saturday, September 07, 2013

DC Art: Alexander Calder's Mobile in the National Gallery of Art

Alexander Calder's Mobile in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Untitled detail of mobile (1976) by Alexander Calder, National Gallery of Art East Building, Washington, DC

These photos show just a small portion of a much larger mobile that can be viewed at the National Gallery's east building from two floors. It moves seemingly on its own in the building's small air currents. But I was fascinated by the way the pieces of the mobile captured the surrounding light and cast shadows on the walls.

Alexander Calder's Mobile in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Saturday, August 31, 2013

DC Art: Angels in the Architecture

Figures of Genius by Philip Martiny from the Ceiling of the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Washington, DC "Figures of Genius" by Philip Martiny from the Ceiling of the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Washington, DC

Monday, August 26, 2013

DC Art: Mark Rothko

Green and Maroon detail (1953) by Mark Rothko
Green and Maroon detail (1953) by Mark Rothko, The Phillips Collection


The Rothko Room at the Phillips Collection, Washington, DCOne of my favorite places in Washington, DC is the Rothko Room at the Phillips Collection in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The room is small and simple, just a single bench surrounded by four Rothko paintings. If you sit in the room facing one of the paintings you might experience a range of feelings that Rothko's art can evoke. The energy in the room is light and airy. The paintings seem to hum with an inner radiance. It's just right for meditation.

The National Gallery of Art has a large collection of Rothko paintings. Three were on display when I visited, including this one...


No. 14 White and Greens in Blue (1957) by Mark Rothko
These two photographs are details from No. 14 (White and Greens in Blue) (1957) by Mark Rothko, National Gallery of Art, East Building, Washington, DC

No. 14 White and Greens in Blue (1957) by Mark Rothko

In 2013 the Denver Art Museum had a show of Rothko's paintings from the 1940s, many on loan from the National Gallery's collection. As I walked through the exhibit I could almost see his early abstract shapes slowly moving into place, eventually becoming the later work he is best known for. Aside from the natural glow Rothko's paintings seem to have, I also like his diffuse shapes and the way his colors softly reach into each other. I tried to capture a bit of that with these photographs.

The Denver Art Museum's Rothko show is running until Sept. 29, 2013. Here's a link to my favorite painting in the show: Mark Rothko - Untitled 1947.

Camera: Nikon D7100 with AF Nikkor 50mm f1.4D lens; the Rothko Room photo was taken with an iPod Touch. Flash was turned off.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Tegan and Sara at Twist & Shout

There is nothing cooler than a Tegan and Sara show in an intimate space.

Sara Quin at Twist & Shout Tegan Quin at Twist & Shout

Tegan and Sara played a short set and signed autographs at Denver's Twist & Shout record store on August 22, 2013. They played later that night at Red Rocks with Fun. Camera: Nikon D7100; Lens: Nikon 85mm f1.4.

Sara Quin at Twist & Shout Tegan Quin at Twist & Shout

Thursday, August 22, 2013

DC Art: Recreation by Charles Sprague Pearce in the Library of Congress

If you spend some time in the Great Hall of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress you might find some hidden surprises tucked away in a lunette like this one.

Recreation by Charles Sprague Pearce
Recreation by Charles Sprague Pearce (1851-1914) in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

DC Art: Multiverse and the Concourse that Connects the National Gallery Buildings

Multiverse (2008) by Leo Villareal

Multiverse (2008) by Leo Villareal in the Concourse between the East and West Buildings of the National Gallery of Art

If you want to walk from one of Washington, DC's National Gallery of Art Buildings to the other, you can either simply go outside or you can wander through the underground tunnel that connects them. There you will find a light display called Multiverse by Leo Villareal. You can watch it change as you go by and be surprised by its enigmatic glow. Then you will come upon another surprise, a large glass window in front of a waterfall.

Cascade Waterfall, National Gallery of Art Concourse
Cascade Waterfall, National Gallery of Art Concourse, Washington, DC