Yesterday I went to The Frist's media preview of their new exhibition, To See as Artists See: American Art From the Phillips Collection
, which opens tonight and remains on view through May 6. I wrote a little about the show in this week's Scene
, but yesterday's media preview was the first chance I'd had to really see just what had made its way from The Phillips Collection
to Nashville. It's a pretty broad selection — American art changed by leaps and bounds from the 1850s to 1960 — and there are close to 100 paintings (and a Calder!) in the exhibit.
I took a few photographs and tried to pay attention while the curator, Susan Frank, gave an abridged history of more than 100 years of American art. She's giving a lecture on the collection at The Frist's auditorium today at noon, so if you want to know more, you know where to go.
- Note the freakishly blue February sky
- The piece that Phillips started his collection with
- Rockwell Kent's "Burial of a Young Man" is spooky and made me think about how someone's death can feel like the end of the world
- Two paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe
- The colors of Augustus Vincent Tack's gorgeous "Aspiration" reminded me of Rodarte's Spring 2012 collection.
- Edward Hopper painting Phillips bought for $600
- "Plumes" by Walt Kuhn made me think of Annie Lennox
- Panels from Jacob Lawrence's "Migrations" series. Joe Nolan pointed out the wall tag that said that the Phillips Collection owns 30 out of this series — the odd numbered ones. The MoMA owns the evens.
- Another shot of the Jacob Lawrences. (I love him.)
- Alexander Calder is another favorite. Unfortunately my camera couldn't get a decent shot.
- "Blue Cafe" by Stuart Davis. A very French piece for an American art exhibit.
- Phillips Collection curator Susan Frank is explaining that Stuart Davis painted an eggbeater, an electric fan and a rubber glove for a year, and this painting was the end result of that process. At this point I decided that Cubism is probably connected to the advent of amphetamine use.
- "Native's Return," by Philip Guston. This was probably my favorite piece out of the entire collection. The bright colors overwhelmed by white paint reminded me of the Allison Schulnik "Mound" video that I posted last month.