In the early 1950s, Richard Pousette-Dart (1916–1992) created a series of paintings nearly without paint, working in graphite and oil on canvas to produce works that are both complex and spare. "White," he said, "is something you endlessly return to."
Robert Ryman (b. 1930) is an American painter best known for abstract, white-on-white paintings. Ryman was born in Tennessee and began his career as a jazz musician. Soon after arriving in New York in 1952 to pursue his music, he started to paint.
Kate Sheperd's work in the former dining room of the Phillips house incorporates painting and sculpture, and focuses on architectural details, while paying homage to Mondrian's work in the permanent collection.
Although best known for her iconic representations of flowers, landscapes, and animal bones, Georgia O'Keeffe's abstract work is as bold and breathtaking as that of her European contemporaries Picasso, Matisse, and Kandinsky. See an American legend in a whole new light in this exhibition of over 100 paintings, drawings, and watercolors.
While the influence of African art on modern painting and sculpture has been explored, Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens examines a parallel history, the role of photography in shaping international understanding of African objects as art, in the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition includes well-known photographs by Man Ray, as well as recently discovered documentary images by him, and the work of other photographers.