DC's Phillips Collection showcases American art

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 2:04 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — American art is taking over most of The Phillips Collection, viewed through the lens of a 20th century patron who built of one of the nation's first modern art museums.

"Made in the U.S.A." opens Saturday. It includes 202 artworks by more than 100 artists to give visitors a broad survey of American art's defining movements. But it also shows how museum founder Duncan Phillips methodically invested in art for the nation's capital to help lift American artists out of obscurity.

Curators followed Phillips' collection from realism and impressionism to modern life and abstract expressionism. Works by Thomas Eakins, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper and Mark Rothko are shown among their contemporaries.

The exhibition follows the four-year tour of a smaller version in Europe and Japan.

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