Exhibition - Still Life: Ordinary Pleasures

Friday, Oct 7, 2022 from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 North Central Avenue

Poet Mark Doty observed that “in a still life, there is no end to our looking, we look in and in…. as long as we can stand to look, as long as we take pleasure in looking.”

One of the most fundamental of artistic genres, the still life remains a staple of beginning art classes. When Elaine Fried arrived at Willem De Kooning’s studio in 1938 for her first private lesson, he set up a grouping of ordinary objects, including a coffee pot, a large shell, a yellow cup, a blue cotton shirt, and an army blanket. She painted these compositions for months and found the experience to be transformative. “I really felt as though I could spend my entire life painting still lifes and express everything I wanted to express through them,” declared Fried.

Exhibition Date: December 21, 2019 – November 27, 2022.

Location: American Art galleries


Museum Members | Free

Military Access Program | Free

Adults | $23.00

Seniors | $20.00

Students | $18.00

Youth (6 – 17) | $5.00

Children (5 and younger) | Free

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