French artist Xavier Veilhan’s work is an elaborate investigation of the relationship between the constructed and the created, the engineered and the organic. So it’s appropriate that Veilhan’s first major presentation at an American museum is part of the Phillips Collection’s “Intersections” series, which explores how contemporary artists navigate the traditions, spaces, and intentions with which they have to contend when presenting works in a museum. Veilhan characterizes his work as “generic,” though that could really mean “impersonal.” He uses strong shapes, clear forms, monochromatic palettes, and mathematical precision to create his pieces, tempering their coolness with careful humor and a fair amount of whimsy. The exhibit includes 18 recent pieces, ranging from free-standing sculptures to large-scale installations. Look out for a large red, resin sculpture called “The Bear,” which will greet visitors and pedestrians with paws raised at the corner of 21st and Q streets NW.
The exhibit is on view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $12 for adults. (202) 387-2151. phillipscollection.org.