Love Modern Art? Thank This Art Collector, Who Has a New Exhibit at the High Museum of Art
Duncan Phillips was a Washington, D.C.-based art collector and critic who played an integral role in introducing modern art to America. Now, view some of his favorite works at High Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection on Saturday, June 15th.
European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection presents the pioneering collecting approach of Duncan Phillips (1886–1966). As the founding director of The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Phillips opened the first museum of modern art in the United States in 1921. In a gallery added to his family’s Georgian Revival home, he began his mission to define modern art and its origins, starting with nineteenth-century influences and moving through the present.
Grouping works by their aesthetic temperament, he brought together artists from different places and times to “trace their common descent from old masters who anticipated modern ideas.” The iconic works by Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Expressionist, and Cubist artists in European Masterworks show Phillips’s efforts to bring European modernism to a larger audience. Phillips saw his museum as an “experiment station” that tested new ideas.
Enthusiastic about the art of his time, he promoted independent, varied voices, including those outside the mainstream, whom he encouraged by collecting their work in depth. He revered artists who achieved mastery of color, the power of great emotion, and the balance of representation and abstraction. A patron of free spirits, Phillips shared a passionate and personal dialogue with many artists and was motivated by the “joy-giving and life-enhancing” power of beauty.
This weekend, head to High Museum of Art to experience the world through Duncan Phillips’s lens. Admission to see the exhibition is included with regular priced admission to the museum. Tickets are $14.50 for adults and children aged 6 and above.
At Sandtown Vista Apartments in Atlanta, Georgia, we love mixing up on-site events with those happening in our greater area. Be sure to pencil this one into your busy schedule!
Saturday, June 15, 2019—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30309