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Félix González-Torres "Untitled" (For Jeff)ʺ 1992

Named after a healthcare worker who nursed the artist’s dying partner, this work is a simple representation of an open hand and communicates solely through the power of the visual representation. It may suggest a range of possible associations: the extended hand of a welcome, one which offers assistance, or another that seeks alms....
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"I never wanted color to be color. I never wanted texture to be texture, or images to become shapes. I wanted them all to fuse into a living spirit.”

Celebrating Clyfford Still, born on this day in 1904. "1962-D" (1962) reveals the painter's expressive gesture in its characteristic jagged forms, richly textured surface, and his reduced subject of suggestive shapes within fields of color. His...
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“It’s a love affair — a lifetime of involvement with a place. The place is my muse.”

Remembering William Christenberry:

William Christenberry, artist of a crumbling, memory-haunted South, dies at 80

Happy 83rd Birthday to Pop artist James Rosenquist!

Early in his career, Rosenquist worked as a billboard painter, learning to enlarge images from small photographs and to apply thick paint quickly and easily to broad areas. "The Light That Won't Fail I" (1961) is one of Rosenquist's earliest efforts to use the techniques and imagery of commercial painting in creating fine art. Over a scene...
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OK Go joins us for an exclusive unplugged performance and discussion on Dec. 9!

Free tickets will be released online Monday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at hirshhorn.si.edu/bio/ok-go-conversation

How OK Go Has Revolutionized the Music Video

"Polka-dots can’t stay alone; like the communicative life of people, two or three polka-dots become movement… Polka-dots are a way to infinity.”

If you could interview artist Yayoi Kusama, what would you ask her?

We're preparing for Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition, opening in February, and we need your help! Share your question in the comments below, and we'll choose one to include in...
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Remembering Morris Louis, born on this day in 1912!

Louis was a central figure of the Washington Color School, a group of abstract painters that emerged in Washington, DC, in the late 1950s. Inspired by the techniques of Helen Frankenthaler, who used thinned pigments to “stain” her paintings, Louis devised a process of pouring diluted paint over the surfaces of unprimed and unstretched...
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On Black Friday, we're thinking about Barbara Kruger’s “Belief+Doubt”!

Kruger’s work interrogates the way power and money flow in contemporary society. Since the 1990s, Kruger has focused increasingly on creating environments that encompass the viewer in language, either through sound and video projections or the enclosure of a space with text. “Belief+Doubt” speaks to the social relations...
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Enter the glittering and musical world of Ragnar Kjartansson this holiday weekend:

Why a Woman Is Playing the Same Guitar Chord Over and Over Again at the Hirshhorn

Family in town for Thanksgiving?

Artist Ragnar Kjartansson has his mother spit on him every five years. Explore complex love and family dynamics this weekend:

15 Things to Know About Ragnar Kjartansson, the Most Famous Icelandic Artist Since Björk

“It seems pumpkins do not inspire much respect. But I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form. What appealed to me most was the pumpkin’s generous unpretentiousness. That and its solid spiritual base.”

Just announced: Yayoi Kusama’s monumental “Pumpkin” is coming to our outdoor plaza Dec. 10!

It will be on view through our spring 2017 "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition. Learn more: [...
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“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.”

Today we're celebrating René Magritte, the Belgian Surrealist was born on this day in 1898!

"Delusions of Grandeur II" 1948
Explore the work of Eduardo Basualdo on a new episode of The Modern Art Notes Podcast with Tyler Green!

No. 263: Eduardo Basualdo