The exhibition From Hopper to Rothko: America’s Road to Modern Art will provide a panorama of subjects and styles ranging from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism – taking visitors on a journey through landscape art, portrait painting, and cityscapes to Color Field Painting, with works along the way by George Inness (1825–1894), Marsden Hartley (1877–1943), Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993), and more. Through his activity as a collector, Duncan Phillips (1886–1966), an art critic and patron of the arts, and founder of The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., championed and supported America’s modern artists helped shape the canon of 20th century American art. Opening in 1921, The Phillips Collection predated the founding of the Museum of Modern Art (1929) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (1931). Phillips’s view of art as a universal language that transcends national schools and eras endures to this day as an inspiration to others.
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.,
in cooperation with the Museum Barberini, Potsdam.