The Phillips Collection is an art institution known around the world to art historians, critics, collectors, and museum patrons. Most people usually have to travel to Washington, D.C. to see the collection, but museum visitors in the Dallas/Fort Worth area have a rare opportunity to see the collection started by Duncan Phillips (1886-1966) in 1916. To See as Artists See: American Art from the Phillips Collection closes today at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. This is the first time the collection has traveled, and the exhibition features approximately 100 paintings from 1850-1960. The artwork of over 63 artists including Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, Jacob Lawrence, Marsden Hartley, and Winslow Homer is showcased in the Carter's second floor galleries. “Duncan Phillips created a truly unique institution, carefully and cogently structuring within it one of the world’s great collections of American art,” says Rebecca Lawton, the Amon Carter’s curator of paintings and sculpture. “Today, what makes the collection so impressive, and what we take away from the experience of viewing this exhibition, is the astonishing breadth of Phillips’ vision. It encompassed not just the acknowledged heroes of the 19th century, the modernist masters and the giants of mid-20th-century painting, but also those artists who figure prominently with the modern tradition but whose works fall outside the conventional art historical ‘isms’.”
To See as Artists See: American Art from the Phillips Collection is on view at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art through January 6, 2013. The exhibition tour will continue at the Tampa Museum of Art February 2-April 28, 2013 before returning to The Phillips Collection for a special presentation in 2014.
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By Jeralan Minnick