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The Phillips Collection, founded by Duncan Phillips, opened to the public in 1921 and was the first museum in America dedicated to modern art. Phillips was unusual in his passion for the new styles of painting that were emerging in the 20th century, but he was equally singular as a champion and collector of the work of American artists. Since its founding, the museum's collection has grown to well over 2,400 works of art. Half of them are American.

This program provides a view of 150 years of American art as represented in The Phillips Collection. The works illustrate Phillips's taste and his enthusiasm for contemporary American artists, many of whom he knew personally and whose work he collected in depth.

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