Thinly Veiled: The Phillips Collection yesterday announced the acquisition of Morris Louis’ “Seal,” donated by the Marcella Brenner Revocable Trust. Brenner was married to Morris Louis until his death in 1962, and the Phillips was one of the first museums in the country to purchase a Louis in 1963. “Seal” work was completed in 1959, and like most Morris Louis paintings, it’s a big canvas with veils of paint poured across its surface. The work will be on view through Oct. 9, 2011. (John Anderson)
Street Fighting Man: DCist follows up on the arrest of Asad “ULTRA” Walker, who police allege is also the graffiti artist MAR5. Walker has now been dropped from a lettering workshop he was scheduled to teach by its host and organizer, D.C. Public Libraries and the non-profit Albert Cavus, whose educational programs often involve instruction in the style of street art. Which, apparently, they don’t like to see deployed on any actual streets.
Fringe Factory: If you’re a theater geek, you know you should be reading WCP‘s Fringe & Purge blog religiously right now. Music geeks can now do the same. Yesterday, F&P interviewed awesome local noisenik Jeff Barsky, aka Insect Factory, who this weekend performs beneath the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent at Fort Fringe. Also performing soon in the same spot: The Cornel West Theory.
Today on Arts Desk: Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival preps for Round 2. Comedy picks. Virgin FreeFest tickets. THE UNIVERSE. And everything.