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East Building favorites from the National Gallery of Art

I entered the museum through the rotunda of the 1941 National Gallery of Art West Building (the original building and made of pink TN marble); an underground tunnel connects this building to the I.M. Pei-designed East building

I entered the museum through the rotunda of the 1941 National Gallery of Art West Building (the original building and made of pink TN marble); an underground tunnel connects this building to the I.M. Pei-designed East building

The tunnel between the National Gallery of Art West and East Buildings features a cool waterfall as well as the largest, most complex light sculpture by Leo Villareal featuring 41,000 LED nodes(there's also a large gift shop and cafe)

The tunnel between the National Gallery of Art West and East Buildings features a cool waterfall as well as the largest, most complex light sculpture by Leo Villareal featuring 41,000 LED nodes(there's also a large gift shop and cafe)

Madame Picasso, Pablo Picasso, 1923; the East Building houses the Gallery’s growing collection of modern and contemporary art; a just-completed $70 million renovation adds 12,250 sq ft of new exhibition space

Madame Picasso, Pablo Picasso, 1923; the East Building houses the Gallery’s growing collection of modern and contemporary art; a just-completed $70 million renovation adds 12,250 sq ft of new exhibition space

ONE through ZERO (the numbers), Robert Indiana, 1978-2003; I always thought zero was the smallest number so how does Indiana rationalize calling this work ONE through ZERO?

ONE through ZERO (the numbers), Robert Indiana, 1978-2003; I always thought zero was the smallest number so how does Indiana rationalize calling this work ONE through ZERO?

Still Life with Pineapple, Henri Matisse, 1924; planning for the East Building began in 1968 — on a site set aside by founder Andrew W. Mellon in the 1930s for the Gallery’s future expansion

Still Life with Pineapple, Henri Matisse, 1924; planning for the East Building began in 1968 — on a site set aside by founder Andrew W. Mellon in the 1930s for the Gallery’s future expansion

Green Marilyn, Andy Warhol, 1962; completed just a month after her suicide in 1962, Marilyn is part of one of Warhol's most iconic series; works from this series have sold for $4.5  million

Green Marilyn, Andy Warhol, 1962; completed just a month after her suicide in 1962, Marilyn is part of one of Warhol's most iconic series; works from this series have sold for $4.5+ million

Sacrificial Moment, Mark Rothko, 1945; after seeing this work, it's easy to understand why Rothko went to painting blocks of solid colors; I just fail to see the talent here

Sacrificial Moment, Mark Rothko, 1945; after seeing this work, it's easy to understand why Rothko went to painting blocks of solid colors; I just fail to see the talent here

A Corner of the Moulin de la Galette, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892; scion of one of France's great aristocratic families, Lautrec suffered physical maladies and stunted growth due to genetic factors and was encouraged to draw during his convalescence

A Corner of the Moulin de la Galette, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892; scion of one of France's great aristocratic families, Lautrec suffered physical maladies and stunted growth due to genetic factors and was encouraged to draw during his convalescence

Glass Stratum, Robert Smithson, 1967; I've seen pieces much better than this from Bob and David!; it would be fascinating to understand the dynamics of how pieces get selected for the Gallery

Glass Stratum, Robert Smithson, 1967; I've seen pieces much better than this from Bob and David!; it would be fascinating to understand the dynamics of how pieces get selected for the Gallery

Look Mickey, Roy Lichtenstein, 1961; this work is notable for its ironic humor and aesthetic value as well as being the first example of the artist's employment of Ben-Day dots, speech balloons and comic imagery as a source for a painting

Look Mickey, Roy Lichtenstein, 1961; this work is notable for its ironic humor and aesthetic value as well as being the first example of the artist's employment of Ben-Day dots, speech balloons and comic imagery as a source for a painting

Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit, Paul Cezanne, c. 1900; I was relieved to see the East Building didn't contain solely modern works but also included works from European masters

Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit, Paul Cezanne, c. 1900; I was relieved to see the East Building didn't contain solely modern works but also included works from European masters

Glass Case with Pies, Claes Oldenburg, 1962; I work with very simple things that I come across while walking to work, Oldenburg explained in 1964, such as a certain kind of pastry  or certain kinds of displays or presentations

Glass Case with Pies, Claes Oldenburg, 1962; I work with very simple things that I come across while walking to work, Oldenburg explained in 1964, such as a certain kind of pastry or certain kinds of displays or presentations

Balm, Bridget Riley, 1964; Riley's mature style, developed during the 1960s, was influenced by a number of sources, including the French Post-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat

Balm, Bridget Riley, 1964; Riley's mature style, developed during the 1960s, was influenced by a number of sources, including the French Post-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat

Ex. 5 - Mind's I: Translation #12, JESS, 1965; when I visited DC earlier in the summer the East Building was still closed with work ongoing to repair significant structural weaknesses in the building's design

Ex. 5 - Mind's I: Translation #12, JESS, 1965; when I visited DC earlier in the summer the East Building was still closed with work ongoing to repair significant structural weaknesses in the building's design

Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist), Jackson Pollock, 1950; though the work contains no lavender, the webs of black, white, russet, orange, silver, and stone blue industrial paints radiate a mauve glow that inspired Clement Greenberg to suggest the title

Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist), Jackson Pollock, 1950; though the work contains no lavender, the webs of black, white, russet, orange, silver, and stone blue industrial paints radiate a mauve glow that inspired Clement Greenberg to suggest the title

The Farm, Joan Miro, 1921-22; Miro described this piece as a summary of my entire life in the countryside; it was given to museum by the daughter of Ernest Hemingway (he had purchased it for 5000 francs as a present for his wife)

The Farm, Joan Miro, 1921-22; Miro described this piece as a summary of my entire life in the countryside; it was given to museum by the daughter of Ernest Hemingway (he had purchased it for 5000 francs as a present for his wife)

A Black Bird with Snow-Covered Red Hills, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1946; the National Gallery is one of the largest museums in North America and art lovers could easily spend an entire day here

A Black Bird with Snow-Covered Red Hills, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1946; the National Gallery is one of the largest museums in North America and art lovers could easily spend an entire day here

Ground Swell, Edward Hopper, 1939; this work was in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1943 until it was purchased by the National Gallery of Art in 2014 when the Corcoran dissolved

Ground Swell, Edward Hopper, 1939; this work was in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1943 until it was purchased by the National Gallery of Art in 2014 when the Corcoran dissolved

Classic Landscape, Charles Sheeler, 1931; Sheeler has painted the classic landscape of the modern age: streamlined, machine-made structures (a Ford car plant) situated in a nature that has been irrevocably transformed by the progress of industry

Classic Landscape, Charles Sheeler, 1931; Sheeler has painted the classic landscape of the modern age: streamlined, machine-made structures (a Ford car plant) situated in a nature that has been irrevocably transformed by the progress of industry

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