American Impressionism: Paintings from the Phillips Collection

Works by Childe Hassam, Maurice Prendergast, Augustus Vincent Tack, and John Henry Twachtman, are among other American Masters who compose some of this exhibition’s highlights. These artists’ works were among the earliest acquisitions of The Phillips Collection, established in 1921 as America's first museum of modern art. The exhibition opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on June 5, 2009 and runs through September 13, 2009.

Santa Fe, NM, May 28, 2009 --( Exhibition Reminder

The artists represented in this exhibition were influenced by the brighter palette, and subject matter of their French counterparts. These artists broke new ground with their interest in the optical effects of light and the different seasons on their subject matter.

American Impressionists studied in France in the 1880s yet retained more academic influences such as structure and realism in their work than the French. American Impressionists also differed from their French counterparts by retaining in their work the respect for the emotional and spiritual character of the landscape.

The sixty-five works represented in this exhibition range from some of American Impressionism’s earliest practitioners such as George Inness in the late 1880s to the nearly the end of the movement with work by Robert Spencer in 1931 and from artists both better-known to those less so.
A change in the times and the tastes of collectors may have marked the end of Impressionism as a formal movement in America, but its loose brushwork, two-dimensional surface painting defined by pattern and the treatment of paint, and its bright colors opened the doors to modern art.

The Catalogue
A 192-page book with 120 color illustrations accompanies the exhibition.

American Impressionists: Painters of Light and the Modern Landscape, co-published by The Phillips Collection and Rizzoli International Publications, features essays by William H. Gerdts, the leading authority on American impressionism, and Phillips exhibition curator Susan Behrends Frank. The softcover book will be available in the Museum Shop for $32.95, and the hardcover will be available in bookstores nationwide for $45. Support for the publication was provided by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.

This exhibition has been organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

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The New Mexico Museum of Art was founded in 1917 as the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico. Housed in a spectacular Pueblo Revival building designed by I. H. and William M. Rapp, it was based on their New Mexico building at the Panama-California Exposition (1915). The museum's architecture inaugurated what has come to be known as "Santa Fe Style." For nearly 100 years, the Museum has celebrated the diversity of the visual arts and the legacy of New Mexico as a cultural crossroads by collecting and exhibiting work by leading artists from New Mexico and elsewhere. This tradition continues today with a wide-array of exhibitions with work from the world’s leading artists. The New Mexico Museum of Art brings the art of New Mexico to the world and the art of the world to New Mexico.

The New Mexico Museum of Art is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Days/Times: Monday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Open Free on Fridays, 5:00-8:00 p.m., with the exception of major exhibition openings.

Admission: This exhibition has a $3 admission fee in addition to regular museum admission. School groups free. Children 16 and under free. New Mexico residents with ID free on Sundays. New Mexico resident Senior Citizens (age 60+) with ID free Wednesdays. Museum Foundation members free. NM Veterans with 50% or greater disability free. Students with ID $1 discount. Single visit to one museum: $9.00 for non-state residents, $6.00 for New Mexico residents. Four-day pass to five museums including state-run museums in Santa Fe plus The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art $18.00. One-day pass for two museums (Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture OR New Mexico Museum of Art and Palace of the Governors) $12.00. Group rate for ten or more people: single visit $6.00, four-day pass $16.00.

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