In 2013, the Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to present 107 important American paintings from The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1921 as America’s first museum of modern art, the Phillips Collection is world renowned for its exceptional collection of modern American and European masterpieces. For this exhibition, curators selected works from the 1850s through 1960s that showcase the full breadth of its American art, featuring those exceptional artists who were able to find their own voices and create work that was deeply personal and expressed with fresh vision, yet connected to the great traditions of the past and the present. Geniuses of American painting in the exhibition include Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Rockwell Kent, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Grandma Moses, Jacob Lawrence, Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, and Mark Rothko.
The Phillips Collection is a rich assembly of independent-minded American artists, most of whom were alive and actively exhibiting when their work entered the museum’s collection. Many of the artists included in the exhibition became acquaintances and good friends with the museum’s founder, Duncan Phillips (1886-1966), who often acquired their work in large numbers. An early and articulate proponent of America’s national heritage as “a fusion of various sensitivities, a unification of differences,” Phillips was far ahead of his time in seeing diversity as a positive influence on American art and part of its inherent internationalism.
To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips Collection, organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., makes its final stop at the Tampa Museum of Art after international stops in Madrid, Tokyo and Rovereto, Italy, and most recently in Nashville and Fort Worth. The exhibition returns home to The Phillips Collection for a special presentation in 2014.