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Art in Conversation

“I bring together congenial spirits among the artists from different parts of the world and from different periods of time.” -Duncan Phillips, 1926

Photograph of four colorful artworks in a museum gallery with dark blue walls

Installation View of “Senses” theme in Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century 

When Duncan Phillips founded The Phillips Collection 100 years ago, in 1921, he visualized every installation as a conversation. Art and artists speak to each other across time, geography, and nationality. In this way, the past speaks to the present and vice versa—a revolutionary approach in the 1920s. 

The Phillips Collection rotates its collection on a regular basis. Different combinations of artworks create new narratives and a new experience every time you visit. 

In this activity, create a conversation between Allan deSouza’s No Entry and another Phillips artwork. 

Look closely at Allan deSouza’s “No Entry.”

Collection item 2014.015.0001
  • What do you see going on in the artwork?
  • What do you think about the artwork?
  • What do you wonder about the artwork?





Allan deSouza, No Entry, 2011
Chromogenic print, 12 x 16 in.
Purchase, The Hereward Lester Cooke Memorial Fund, 2014