(January 3, 2013-Tampa, FL) The Tampa Museum of Art prepares to host To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips Collection, February 2, 2013, through April 28, 2013.
This once-in-a-generation exhibition of American masterpieces from the esteemed Phillips Collection presents 107 paintings by seventy-five artists that trace the course of American painting from the 1850s through the 1960s and examines the progress of modern art with the works of artists such as Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Rockwell Kent, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Grandma Moses, Jacob Lawrence, Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, and Mark Rothko.
Executive Director Todd D. Smith remarked, “The Tampa Museum of Art is one of only three U.S. museums to host this exhibition and we are delighted to bring a a cultural experience of this caliber to our region. Showcasing iconic masterworks that celebrate the best of American art from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century will make this exhibition one that is not to be missed.”
After the death of his father and brother, museum founder Duncan Phillips turned to his love of painting to deal with his loss, and in 1921 he created The Phillips Memorial Art Gallery to honor his father and brother, opening a gallery to the public in his family’s Washington, D.C., home. Later renamed The Phillips Collection, it became the first museum of modern art in America.
“He was one of the few collectors between the wars to champion America’s artistic diversity, collecting works by self-taught artists, artists of color, immigrants, and naturalized Americans. This early and steadfast commitment to American artists of fresh vision propelled the Phillips as an essential force in American art,” says Dorothy Kosinski, director of The Phillips Collection.
To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips Collection was organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. It returns home to The Phillips Collection for a special presentation in 2014. Additional information about The Phillips Collection is available at www.phillipscollection.org.
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