Washington, D.C.


In less than an hour’s drive, you could be gazing at some of the most iconic paintings of all time at the Phillips Collection (aka America’s original museum of modern art, founded in 1921). Van Gogh Repetitions is the Phillips’ first-ever exhibition dedicated to the ear-slicing master’s work, including landscapes and portraits borrowed from the world’s most renowned Van Gogh collections, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and more. The 35-piece exhibit includes several examples of the Post-Impressionist’s “repetitions,” a term coined by the artist to describe his process of creating multiple versions of his own works, along with those of other artists such as Gauguin, Daumier, and Rembrandt. Van Gogh once said of his work, “One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds.” Of course, today, we consider them all masterpieces. Through Jan. 26, 2014, http://www.phillipscollection.org.
—Simone Ellin

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