May 20, 2013 |
I learned something from Zuill Bailey this weekend. Bailey, a cellist who played a recital at the Phillips Collection on Sunday, is a master at talking to the audience; but what I learned was less about what he said than the way he said it. Many artists — and critics, mea culpa — set out to teach their audiences, and many audiences, quite understandably, find this patronizing. Bailey doesn't do that at all. He addressed his listeners as if speaking to a roomful of equals who were going to be just as amused as he was by an...
April 29, 2013 |
Violinist Stefani Collins is still a grad student at Juilliard, but as she showed at her recital at the Phillips Collection on Sunday, she is a nearly finished concert artist. From the opening phrases of the Beethoven A-minor Sonata, one heard temperament and clear musical purpose. Her mechanics are exemplary as well; a natural posture, precise intonation (but for a few forgivable slips in the most acrobatic spots), scrupulous attention to dynamics, an effortless flying staccato and great digital...
March 7, 2013 |
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the location of the exhibition in the headline. It is on view at the Phillips Collection, not the Corcoran Gallery of Art. In addition, the article twice misspelled the artist's last name. This version has been corrected. Since 2009, the Phillips Collection 's ongoing series of "Intersections" installations has opened a dialogue between works by contemporary artists and older works from the museum's collection.
March 1, 2013 |
With blue tape outlining the corridor, the installation of the Laib Wax Room seems akin to a messy home renovation, not the creation of permanent art at the Phillips Collection . German artist Wolfgang Laib , known for his use of natural, life-giving elements such as milk, pollen, and in this case, beeswax, often creates works that evoke oneness with nature through solitude, ritual and methodical workmanship. His latest project, the installation of a small room coated in beeswax, opened Saturday at the...
February 28, 2013 |
The opening to what was once a small storage closet has been narrowed to better frame views of Wolfgang Laib's " Wax Room ," a new and permanent installation at the Phillips Collection . The old door has been removed, as well, so as visitors pass by, they see directly into an enigmatic space, with glowing amber-colored walls and a single, naked light bulb hanging from the ceiling. The Phillips doesn't have a lot of room even for temporary exhibitions, so the...
February 25, 2013 |
Concerts at the Phillips Collection are far from ideal. This storied venue, which has offered regular concerts since 1941 and where Glenn Gould made his U.S. debut, has many drawbacks. There is no platform for the artists, so not many patrons can actually see. Like with the airlines, the imperative of getting as many people into as small of a space as possible forces the audience into cramped seats where listeners have to keep their knees and elbows close their bodies. The...