A new One-on-One installation juxtaposes several paintings from the Phillips’s permanent collection by American Romantic painter Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917) with a painting by Cuban-born American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, The First Kierkegaard, a dark, mystical painting Celaya donated to the museum in honor of Deputy Director for Curatorial and Academic Affairs Klaus Ottmann on the occasion of Dr. Ottmann’s five year anniversary at The Phillips Collection. The One-on-One series engages an artist to select a work from the museum’s permanent collection and juxtapose it with one or several works of his/her own.
Enrique Martínez Celaya was trained as an artist as well as a physicist. His artistic work examines the complexities and mysteries of individual experience, particularly in its relation to nature and time, and explores the questions of the human condition through diverse knowledge systems as well as through literature, poetry, and art.
Exhibition overview from museum website