All Stars: American Artists from The Phillips Collection

Exhibition Guide

Marsden Hartley
American, 1877–1943
Mountain Lake—Autumn
About 1910
Oil paint on academy board
The Phillips Collection
Gift of Rockwell Kent, 1926

Since 1921, The Phillips Collection has championed American artistic creativity as the nation’s first museum of modern art. Founded by Duncan Phillips (1886–1966) in Washington, DC, the collection reflects the shared interests of Phillips and his artist wife, Marjorie—particularly in supporting independent-minded artists. This included collecting the work of living artists—especially those outside the mainstream—self-taught artists, artists of color, foreign-born artists, and naturalized Americans.

Phillips was a pioneer who saw diversity as the defining character of the nation’s art and celebrated its “fusion of various sensitivities.”

All Stars: American Artists from The Phillips Collection celebrates more than 140 years of artistic expression. The structure of the exhibition embodies the very nature of The Phillips Collection’s unique arrangements that have always disregarded chronology or shared nationality and geography. Duncan Phillips believed “art is a universal language” that allows us “to see as artists see” and, thus, experience the world with fresh vision.

This exhibition is organized collaboratively between The Phillips Collection and the Denver Art Museum.

All Stars: American Artists from The Phillips Collection is organized by The Phillips Collection in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum.

Support is provided by the Tom Taplin Jr. and Ted Taplin Endowment, the Birnbaum Social Discourse Project, Drs. Ellen and Morris Susman, Lisë Gander and Andy Main, Mike Leprino Family Foundation, the Kristin and Charles Lohmiller Exhibitions Fund, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS Colorado.