Blake Gopnik is doing a series of five articles for the Washington Post, focusing in on elements of paintings in the Phillips Collection:
A morning in a special exhibition is a fine thing, but it forces you to spread your affections among too many works. Better to spend that time on one room in a permanent collection. Or on one work. Or, best yet, on a tiny corner of one work.
(I also quite liked his piece on the Guggenheim's Kandinsky exhibit, which was the only touristy thing we managed in New York. It was lovely.)