Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century (Hardcover)
Top 10 Title, Art/Architecture/Photography, Publishers Weekly Spring 2021 Announcement Issue
The Phillips Collection--America's first museum of modern art--was founded in Washington, DC, in 1921 by Duncan Phillips as a memorial to his father, Duncan Clinch Phillips, and his brother, James, who died in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic. Recognizing the healing power of art, Phillips sought to inspire others to "see beautifully as true artists see." This ground-breaking volume, planned in conjunction with the museum's centennial, offers an unprecedented breadth of insights and inclusive narratives on the Phillips's growing art collection from a range of voices, including artists, curators, and critics, who shed light on the museum's acquisitions since 2000.
Seeing Differently features diverse artistic expressions across wide-ranging media by renowned artists from the 19th to the 21st centuries, including John Akomfrah, Benny Andrews, Esther Bubley, Edgar Degas, Anselm Kiefer, Simone Leigh, and Aim Mpane. This richly illustrated book includes an opening essay by Phillips director Dorothy Kosinski, artist conversations with John Edmonds, Whitfield Lovell, Alyson Shotz, and the late David C. Driskell, and 11 thematic essays by scholars and practitioners across disciplines. Its over 200 plates feature paintings, sculptures, videos, quilts, prints, and photographs, many with object responses by notable contributors, including artists Anthony Gormley, Sean Scully, Ren e Stout, and Jennifer Wen Ma, among others.