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Per Kirkeby, Untitled, 2009, tempera on canvas, 118 x 177 1/4".

Washington, DC

“Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture”

The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street NW
October 6–January 6

Curated by Dorothy Kosinski and Klaus Ottmann

Though he is a superstar in his homeland of Denmark, Per Kirkeby is still a relative unknown in the United States. The Phillips Collection will attempt to remedy this situation, challenging though the task may be with an artist as prolific and adventurous as Kirkeby, who in the past forty-five years has moved from lush and brooding oil landscapes to fragile chalk-on-blackboard drawings, from chunky bronzes that recall mined ore to short films. But curators Dorothy Kosinski and Klaus Ottmann have selected nearly forty key works dating from 1967 to 2009 that, along with the catalogue, featuring an essay by Ottmann and an interview with the artist by Kosinski, should help Kirkeby make a lasting impression.