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Joseph Marioni’s Paintings of Liquid Light on View at The Phillips

Joseph MarioniIn conjunction with The Phillips Collection’s 90th anniversary celebration, 15 recent glowing paintings by acclaimed modernist Joseph Marioni are displayed with a selection of about 30 works from the museum’s collection. The first Washington, D.C., exhibition of his paintings, Eye to Eye: Joseph Marioni at the Phillips is on view Oct. 22, 2011–Jan. 29, 2012.

Eye to Eye introduces the shared belief of Marioni and museum founder Duncan Phillips: color is the core of painting. Conceived by the artist, the exhibition shows the development of color and light in modernist painting in the context of The Phillips Collection. Marioni’s work incites a visual dialogue between art of the past and art of the present, between the visionary collector and the artist of today.

Marioni’s paintings are exhibited with works by Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Arthur Dove, Morris Louis, John Marin, Henri Matisse, and others in The Phillips Collection. “Working with Marioni reflects the Phillips’s commitment to drawing connections between modern and contemporary art,” says Director Dorothy Kosinski. “The deep colors of the artist’s luminous paintings, in conversation with works from our collection, reverberate through the galleries.”

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