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Home to a world-class collection of American art, the Addison Gallery, located on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, presents an adventurous exhibition program, hosts a vital artist-in-residence program, and works collaboratively with students and faculty at the Academy and in neighboring communities. Through our ongoing query What is America?, the Addison seeks to engage with the history of American art and American experience—past, present, and future.

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About Our Collection

25,000 objects spanning the 18th century to the present

Comprised of more than 25,000 works in all media—painting, sculpture, photography, drawings, prints, and decorative arts—from the 18th century to the present, the Addison Gallery’s collection of American art is one of the most important in the world. 

The museum’s founding collection included major works by such prominent American artists as John Singleton Copley, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, John Singer Sargent, John Twachtman, and James McNeill Whistler.

In the nine decades since, aggressive purchasing and generous gifts have added works by such artists as Mark Bradford, Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Marsden Hartley, Hans Hofmann, Edward Hopper, Kerry James Marshall, Eadweard Muybridge, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Charles Sheeler, Lorna Simpson, John Sloan, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Frank Stella, Kara Walker, and Stanley Whitney.

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Thomas Eakins (1844–1916)
Oil on canvas

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Bundle up, New Englanders! 
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The Addison is nice and warm and open till 5 today! ⁣
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Leon Levinstein (1910-1988). Man in Suit, Woman in Fur Coat, negative 1964, printed c. 1980. Gelatin silver print. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, gift of Claudia and Steven Schwartz (PA 1977), 2010.39⁣
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#leonlevinstein #cold #freezing #arcticair #furcoat #streetphotography #ellendegeneres #1950s #1950style #documentaryphotography #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart #brickaf

Bundle up, New Englanders!

The Addison is nice and warm and open till 5 today! ⁣

Leon Levinstein (1910-1988). Man in Suit, Woman in Fur Coat, negative 1964, printed c. 1980. Gelatin silver print. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, gift of Claudia and Steven Schwartz (PA 1977), 2010.39⁣

#leonlevinstein #cold #freezing #arcticair #furcoat #streetphotography #ellendegeneres #1950s #1950style #documentaryphotography #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart #brickaf
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Betty Parsons, the iconic gallerist and notable abstract artist, was born on this day in 1900 in New York City. Four of Parsons’ works from the Addison’s permanent collection can currently be found on view in Women and Abstraction: 1741–Now!⁣
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Artist, collector, and pioneering dealer Betty Parsons, the “den mother of abstract expressionism,” played a major role in establishing the international reputation of⁣
American art in the 1940s and 1950s through her support of young artists and the⁣ adventurous exhibitions she mounted of their work. The Betty Parsons Gallery’s opening exhibition in 1946 was organized by Barnett Newman and Tony Smith; two years later, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, and Jackson Pollock joined her stable to form with Newman what she called her “four horsemen of the apocalypse.” In the ensuing 36 years she mounted exhibitions of the work of Ad Reinhart, Robert Rauschenberg, Saul Steinberg, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Agnes Martin, among many others.⁣
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Not only an advocate for artists, Parsons studied sculpture and painting in Paris⁣ as a young woman. In 1936 her paintings were presented in what was her first one-person⁣ show at Midtown Gallery; nine more shows followed over the next two decades. In 1959 Tony Smith designed her house and studio on the North Fork of Long Island. There, she painted and made small constructions (like the three pictured here) of driftwood to which she added bright acrylic paint.⁣
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Betty Parsons (1900-1982). Untitled, 1968. Acrylic on weathered wood. Gift of Mark Rudkin (PA 1947), 2012.50⁣
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Indian Eye, 1977. Acrylic on weathered wood. Gift of Mark Rudkin (PA 1947), 2012.51 ⁣
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Boat, 1960s. Acrylic on weathered wood. ⁣
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#bettyparsons⁣ #womenandabstraction #abstract #abstractart #abstraction #abstractsculpture #womenartists #5womenartists #longislandartist #foundmaterials #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart

Betty Parsons, the iconic gallerist and notable abstract artist, was born on this day in 1900 in New York City. Four of Parsons’ works from the Addison’s permanent collection can currently be found on view in Women and Abstraction: 1741–Now!⁣

Artist, collector, and pioneering dealer Betty Parsons, the “den mother of abstract expressionism,” played a major role in establishing the international reputation of⁣
American art in the 1940s and 1950s through her support of young artists and the⁣ adventurous exhibitions she mounted of their work. The Betty Parsons Gallery’s opening exhibition in 1946 was organized by Barnett Newman and Tony Smith; two years later, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, and Jackson Pollock joined her stable to form with Newman what she called her “four horsemen of the apocalypse.” In the ensuing 36 years she mounted exhibitions of the work of Ad Reinhart, Robert Rauschenberg, Saul Steinberg, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Agnes Martin, among many others.⁣

Not only an advocate for artists, Parsons studied sculpture and painting in Paris⁣ as a young woman. In 1936 her paintings were presented in what was her first one-person⁣ show at Midtown Gallery; nine more shows followed over the next two decades. In 1959 Tony Smith designed her house and studio on the North Fork of Long Island. There, she painted and made small constructions (like the three pictured here) of driftwood to which she added bright acrylic paint.⁣

Betty Parsons (1900-1982). Untitled, 1968. Acrylic on weathered wood. Gift of Mark Rudkin (PA 1947), 2012.50⁣

Indian Eye, 1977. Acrylic on weathered wood. Gift of Mark Rudkin (PA 1947), 2012.51 ⁣

Boat, 1960s. Acrylic on weathered wood. ⁣

#bettyparsons⁣ #womenandabstraction #abstract #abstractart #abstraction #abstractsculpture #womenartists #5womenartists #longislandartist #foundmaterials #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart
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Sunday is your LAST CHANCE to see Harry Benson: Four Stories! Don’t miss it! 🥊 
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Scottish born photojournalist @harrybensoncbe came to America with The Beatles in 1964 and in his words, “never looked back.” In the decades since, the award-winning photographer has demonstrated incredible range. He photographed Civil Rights marches and the Watts Riots, was on the scene when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, and covered conflicts in Kosovo, Bosnia, and the Gulf War. The only photographer who has photographed the last 13 U.S. presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Joe Biden, Benson has also turned his lens on everyone from Mohammad Ali to Queen Elizabeth II. His photographs of historic events, political figures, and luminaries have been published in major magazines including LIFE, The Daily Express, Time, Vanity Fair, W, Newsweek, French Vogue, Paris Match, Forbes, The New Yorker, People, Quest, and The Sunday Times Magazine. The subject of a 2015 documentary, Harry Benson: Shoot First, Benson’s work has also been published in numerous monographs including the recently released Paul celebrating the 80th birthday and career of Paul McCartney.⁣
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Building on the Addison’s holdings of works by Benson and amplified with loans from the artist, this exhibition focuses on four powerful photo stories from the 1960s: the building of the Berlin Wall, the Beatles’ first American tour, the James Meredith March Against Fear, and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. These photographs not only catapulted Benson’s career, but also incisively capture defining moments of this tumultuous period in history.⁣
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This exhibition has been generously supported by Eileen and Jonathan Otto ’75, P’24.⁣
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Harry Benson, Ali Hits George, Miami, 1964. Gelatin silver print, 24 x 30 inches. Gift of Eileen and Jonathan Otto (PA 1975), 2020.1⁣
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#harrybenson #harrybensonphotography #muhammadali #georgeharrison #ringostarr #paulmccartney #johnlennon #thebeatles #beatles #photojournalism #celebrityphotographer #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart #1960s

Sunday is your LAST CHANCE to see Harry Benson: Four Stories! Don’t miss it! 🥊

Scottish born photojournalist @harrybensoncbe came to America with The Beatles in 1964 and in his words, “never looked back.” In the decades since, the award-winning photographer has demonstrated incredible range. He photographed Civil Rights marches and the Watts Riots, was on the scene when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, and covered conflicts in Kosovo, Bosnia, and the Gulf War. The only photographer who has photographed the last 13 U.S. presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Joe Biden, Benson has also turned his lens on everyone from Mohammad Ali to Queen Elizabeth II. His photographs of historic events, political figures, and luminaries have been published in major magazines including LIFE, The Daily Express, Time, Vanity Fair, W, Newsweek, French Vogue, Paris Match, Forbes, The New Yorker, People, Quest, and The Sunday Times Magazine. The subject of a 2015 documentary, Harry Benson: Shoot First, Benson’s work has also been published in numerous monographs including the recently released Paul celebrating the 80th birthday and career of Paul McCartney.⁣

Building on the Addison’s holdings of works by Benson and amplified with loans from the artist, this exhibition focuses on four powerful photo stories from the 1960s: the building of the Berlin Wall, the Beatles’ first American tour, the James Meredith March Against Fear, and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. These photographs not only catapulted Benson’s career, but also incisively capture defining moments of this tumultuous period in history.⁣

This exhibition has been generously supported by Eileen and Jonathan Otto ’75, P’24.⁣

Harry Benson, Ali Hits George, Miami, 1964. Gelatin silver print, 24 x 30 inches. Gift of Eileen and Jonathan Otto (PA 1975), 2020.1⁣

#harrybenson #harrybensonphotography #muhammadali #georgeharrison #ringostarr #paulmccartney #johnlennon #thebeatles #beatles #photojournalism #celebrityphotographer #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart #1960s
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Happy #NationalHandwritingDay. I asked my friend to google gentle handwriting-related jokes for me and this is the best one: “a chicken was recently admitted to medical school thanks to its handwriting.” ⁣
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“Matilda Elizabeth Schmahl proudly presented these calligraphic works as her own, integrating her name into the formal design of Select Sentences. This work date to the early 1850s, when the artist was a schoolgirl, practicing the art of penmanship at New York City’s Public School Number 4, where she would later teach. In the mid-nineteenth century, penmanship was considered an integral part of the education of young people in the United States. ⁣
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In Select Sentences, Schmahl practiced two distinctly different scripts. The proverbs that fill the center of the work are written in Copperplate and are decorated by flourishes that, drawn after the completion of the central text is similar to Fraktur writing, a style popularized by the Pennsylvania German. Through these works, Malinda Schmahl demonstrating her talent and her education, fulfilling one of the proverbs in Select Sentences that ‘a fair piece of writing is a speaking picture.’” (Gillian G. Spencer)⁣
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See this work on view in Women and Abstraction: 1741–Now from January 28th-July 30th. ⁣
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Matilda Elizabeth Schmahl (1837-1906). Select Sentences, c. 1852. Ink on paper. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, Gift of William B. Miller (PA 1935) in recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the Addison Gallery, 1957.19.2⁣
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#matildaelizabethschmahl #penmanship #calligraphy #steelpen #handwriting #womenswork #americanart #abstractart #womenandabstraction #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart #copperplate #copperplatescript #script

Happy #NationalHandwritingDay. I asked my friend to google gentle handwriting-related jokes for me and this is the best one: “a chicken was recently admitted to medical school thanks to its handwriting.” ⁣

“Matilda Elizabeth Schmahl proudly presented these calligraphic works as her own, integrating her name into the formal design of Select Sentences. This work date to the early 1850s, when the artist was a schoolgirl, practicing the art of penmanship at New York City’s Public School Number 4, where she would later teach. In the mid-nineteenth century, penmanship was considered an integral part of the education of young people in the United States. ⁣

In Select Sentences, Schmahl practiced two distinctly different scripts. The proverbs that fill the center of the work are written in Copperplate and are decorated by flourishes that, drawn after the completion of the central text is similar to Fraktur writing, a style popularized by the Pennsylvania German. Through these works, Malinda Schmahl demonstrating her talent and her education, fulfilling one of the proverbs in Select Sentences that ‘a fair piece of writing is a speaking picture.’” (Gillian G. Spencer)⁣

See this work on view in Women and Abstraction: 1741–Now from January 28th-July 30th. ⁣

Matilda Elizabeth Schmahl (1837-1906). Select Sentences, c. 1852. Ink on paper. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, Gift of William B. Miller (PA 1935) in recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the Addison Gallery, 1957.19.2⁣

#matildaelizabethschmahl #penmanship #calligraphy #steelpen #handwriting #womenswork #americanart #abstractart #womenandabstraction #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart #copperplate #copperplatescript #script
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“And some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” 1967⁣
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This arresting photograph of Dr. King delivering a fiery speech following the tear-gassing of peaceful protesters taking part in the James Meredith March Against Fear was taken by @harrybensoncbe in June 1966. It, along with other images from the march, can be found on view at the Addison in Harry Benson: Four Stories. The exhibition closes on January 29th, don’t miss it! ⁣
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Harry Benson. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Canton, Mississippi, 1966. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist and Gigi Benson⁣
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#mlk #martinlutherking #martinlutherkingjr #jamesmeredith #meredithmarchagainstfear #civilrights #civilrightsmovement #mississippi #beyondvietnam #racialjustice #blacklivesmatter #harrybenson #photojournalism #americanart #1960s #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart

“And some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” 1967⁣

This arresting photograph of Dr. King delivering a fiery speech following the tear-gassing of peaceful protesters taking part in the James Meredith March Against Fear was taken by @harrybensoncbe in June 1966. It, along with other images from the march, can be found on view at the Addison in Harry Benson: Four Stories. The exhibition closes on January 29th, don’t miss it! ⁣

Harry Benson. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Canton, Mississippi, 1966. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist and Gigi Benson⁣

#mlk #martinlutherking #martinlutherkingjr #jamesmeredith #meredithmarchagainstfear #civilrights #civilrightsmovement #mississippi #beyondvietnam #racialjustice #blacklivesmatter #harrybenson #photojournalism #americanart #1960s #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart
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Opening Saturday—Lavaughan Jenkins: Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence!⁣
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This focused installation provides a glimpse into the impressive body of work that Boston-based artist @lavaughanjenkins_studio has produced over the past six months as the Addison’s Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence. Pouring, squeezing, and slathering pigment with brushes, palette knives, and syringes, Jenkins continuously works and reworks his compositions while remaining open to fortuitous drips and spills, creating sculptural paintings that provocatively push the boundaries of the medium. Reveling in the materiality of paint and inspired by a range of sources from art history and personal memory to fashion, racism, and activism, these exciting new works build on the artist’s ongoing quest to redefine painting and pay homage to the Black women who have made an impact on him personally as well as the larger world.⁣
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The show will remain open through July 30th. ⁣
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Lavaughan Jenkins, One time for the big girls, 2022, oil on panel, courtesy of the artist⁣
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#lavaughanjenkins #artistinresidence #elsonartistinresidence #contemporarypainting #lizzo #sculpturalpainting #impasto #oilpainting #blackart #blackartists #blackartmatters #andover #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart

Opening Saturday—Lavaughan Jenkins: Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence!⁣

This focused installation provides a glimpse into the impressive body of work that Boston-based artist @lavaughanjenkins_studio has produced over the past six months as the Addison’s Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence. Pouring, squeezing, and slathering pigment with brushes, palette knives, and syringes, Jenkins continuously works and reworks his compositions while remaining open to fortuitous drips and spills, creating sculptural paintings that provocatively push the boundaries of the medium. Reveling in the materiality of paint and inspired by a range of sources from art history and personal memory to fashion, racism, and activism, these exciting new works build on the artist’s ongoing quest to redefine painting and pay homage to the Black women who have made an impact on him personally as well as the larger world.⁣

The show will remain open through July 30th. ⁣

Lavaughan Jenkins, One time for the big girls, 2022, oil on panel, courtesy of the artist⁣

#lavaughanjenkins #artistinresidence #elsonartistinresidence #contemporarypainting #lizzo #sculpturalpainting #impasto #oilpainting #blackart #blackartists #blackartmatters #andover #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart
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Remembering William C. Agee (PA 1955)⁣
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“In addition to the art world losing a brilliant art historian, teacher, museum director and curator, the Addison has lost a dear and loyal friend. The first museum he ever visited, Bill often cited the Addison as the place that “brought him to life” and sparked his love for art. Over the years, he returned the favor helping to bring the Addison to life as a mentor, guest curator, donor, and longtime board member. His passion for the museum and its collection was infectious and inspiring. I don’t know that we will ever have a more enthusiastic cheerleader. He shall be deeply missed.” —Allison Kemmerer, The Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director⁣
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#addisongalleryofamericanart

Remembering William C. Agee (PA 1955)⁣

“In addition to the art world losing a brilliant art historian, teacher, museum director and curator, the Addison has lost a dear and loyal friend. The first museum he ever visited, Bill often cited the Addison as the place that “brought him to life” and sparked his love for art. Over the years, he returned the favor helping to bring the Addison to life as a mentor, guest curator, donor, and longtime board member. His passion for the museum and its collection was infectious and inspiring. I don’t know that we will ever have a more enthusiastic cheerleader. He shall be deeply missed.” —Allison Kemmerer, The Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director⁣

#addisongalleryofamericanart
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