This winter, The Phillips Collection features the first major U.S. museum exhibition of French artist Xavier Veilhan (b. 1963), including 18 recent paintings, sculptures, and photo-based works. In 2009, Veilhan famously animated the gardens at Château de Versailles with a lacquered royal purple horse and carriage, and he similarly transforms the Phillips lawn at 21st and Q Streets with The Bear (2010), an angular, eight-foot-tall polyurethane beast painted in Ferrari red. The most elaborate project to date in the museum’s Intersections contemporary art series, Xavier Veilhan: (IN)balance is on view through Feb. 10, 2013.
Fascinated by technological innovation, Veilhan creates works that reflect historical styles and subjects yet appear futuristic.
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