After winning acclaim and record attendance on a four-year tour, The
s renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum in a landmark exhibition. Made in the U.S.A. is on view at the Phillips from March 1 through August 31, 2014.
The most comprehensive presentation of the museums American art collection undertaken in nearly 40 years, Made in the U.S.A. showcases more than 200 masterpiecesfrom romantic seascapes and jazzy city scenes to abstract canvases and boldly colored portraitsby more than 125 artists whose new visual language made American art an international sensation.
Founder Duncan Phillips was a lifelong champion of the nations cultural diversity. His commitment to collecting works by Americas living artists who showed great promisewhether they were native or foreign-born, artists of color, self-taught or academically trained, male or femalewas decidedly against the grain between the wars and propelled The Phillips Collection to be a leader in American art.
It was this fusion of various sensitivities and unification of differences, as Phillips described it, that was something to celebrate, said Susan Behrends Frank, Associate Curator at The Phillips Collection. The Phillipss American collection is more than just an assemblage of great names; its strength lies in its rich diversity and multiplicity of American voices that Duncan Phillips brought together over a lifetime.
Organized chronologically as a thematic narrative about American art from the late 19th century through the postwar years, the exhibition aims to demonstrate how artists with fresh vision and independent spirit captured modern American life.
Not since 1976 has The Phillips Collection presented such a mesmerizing showcase of Duncan Phillipss treasures. Made in the U.S.A. presents a rare opportunity to view our permanent collection displayed in what could best be described as a story with many chapters. The 12 themes, from Realism and Romanticism to The City to Memory and Identity, serve as a walk through time, and echo a compelling narrative about our countrys history and cultural development, said Dorothy Kosinski, director of The Phillips Collection.
The exhibition explores a diverse array of subjects and periods through painting, drawing, and etching. Highlights include Thomas Eakinss Miss Amelia Van Buren; Rockwell Kents The Road Roller; Horace Pippins Domino Players; Allen Tuckers The Rise; Edward Hoppers Sunday; Stefan Hirschs New York, Lower Manhattan; John Marins Pertaining to Fifth Avenue and Forty-Second Street; Arthur Doves Red Sun; and Willem de Koonings Asheville.