Founded by Duncan Phillips in 1918, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., opened to the public in 1921 as America’s first museum of modern art. To See as Artists See is the first large-scale, traveling presentation of The Phillips’s celebrated collection of American art, chronicling the broad scope and richness of its holdings from 1850 to 1960.
This landmark show featuring about 100 masterworks by over sixty-three artists traces American art from the birth of the modernist spirit at the end of the nineteenth century through postwar American painting in the mid-twentieth century. The Amon Carter is one of only three U.S. museums to host the exhibition; previous touring cities include Madrid, Tokyo and Rovereto, Italy. After its run in Fort Worth the exhibition opens at the Tampa Museum of Art in February 2013. It returns home to The Phillips Collection for a special presentation in 2014.
An astute collector, Phillips assembled much of his collection by patronizing contemporary artists, often buying a representative selection of their work. With the collection’s growth, in 1930 Phillips chose to give over the entire 1896 house built by his parents to the museum, allowing visitors to encounter the art within the intimate spaces of his boyhood home.
The major paintings included in To See as Artists See celebrate the very best of late nineteenth-and twentieth-century American art and draw fascinating parallels to the Amon Carter’s permanent collection. Amon Carter visitors will find familiar names among the artists in the exhibition, including Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Thomas Eakins, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin, and Georgia O’Keeffe.