It's 1969. You've reduced painting to stripes of color. What's next? How about 50 identical paintings?

Remembering the Gene Davis Giveaway, a colorful high point of D.C.’s art scene

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What's it like going on a verbal description "InSight" tour at SAAM? Lots of descriptive words, sometimes music, get ready to touch something, and—sometimes—you'll be asked to imagine biting into a ripe strawberry.

Blind Art Lovers Make The Most Of Museum Visits With 'InSight' Tours

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It's National Bird Day, so here are some of the brightest, cheekiest birds in our collection to mark the occasion.

Can't get enough? Take a gander at the rest → [ S.si.edu Link ] #atSAAM #NationalBirdDay
Happy Birthday to Marsden Hartley, born on this day in 1877! An artist and writer, Hartley studied in New York under William Merritt Chase and later spent time in Paris, London, Munich, and Berlin. On a trip to Mexico in 1932 on a Guggenheim Fellowship, Hartley incorporated local geography and European medieval cosmology into this painting of an active volcano rising against the sun.
Happy New Year to you and yours!
Sometimes the only answer is a cute cat.
What does it take to make a stone sculpture that incorporates flowing water ready for a gallery setting? Our conservators were ready for the challenge.

Isamu Noguchi: Watering the Art

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Merry Christmas!
SAAM and the Renwick Gallery are closed today, December 25th, and reopen tomorrow.
Carl Newman, "Spirit of Christmas," ca. 1915-1920 → [ S.si.edu Link ]

#MerryChristmas #atSAAM #RenwickGallery
In DC for the holidays? Here are ten art exhibitions for you to explore—including "Gene Davis: Hot Beat" and "Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern" #atSAAM & "Visions and Revisions" at the #RenwickGallery ↓

Ten Exhibitions to See in Washington, D.C. Over the Holidays

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Welcoming winter with this snowy scene by George Elbert Burr. Happy #WinterSolstice!
American artist George Ault liked to keep a tidy studio—and it shows—but doesn't that bright red stove look inviting right about now?

George Ault, "Studio Interior," 1938 → [ S.si.edu Link ]
For years, painting was a hobby for Gene Davis. After a career in journalism, he turned his focus to colorful, striking stripe paintings.

The Painter Who Earned His Stripes

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The scale of the paintings in Gene Davis: Hot Beat ranges from enormous to truly tiny. Get a closer look at all of the #GeneDavis micro-paintings in our collection → [ S.si.edu Link ]
"I’ve explored a variety of directions and themes over the years. But I think in my painting you can see the signature of one artist, the work of one wrist."
Helen Frankenthaler, born on this day in 1928, helped redefine painting in the 1950s. She spread huge pieces of canvas on the floor of her studio, pouring the acrylic paint from cans and pushing it with sponges. Frankenthaler thinned the...
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