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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)
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“A good photograph is one that can’t be repeated.” —Harry Benson⁣
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The great photojournalist, Harry Benson, was born on this day in 1929 in Glasgow, Scotland. Please join us in wishing our friend @harrybensoncbe a most wonderful 93rd birthday! ⁣
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Many of Benson’s most indelible images can be found in our current exhibition—Harry Benson: Four Stories (on view through January 29th). 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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In case you missed it, a recording of Benson’s recent sold-out Q&A can be found on our website! ⁣
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Harry Benson. John Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., & Ralph Abernathy singing “We Shall Overcome” on the James Meredith March Against Fear, Mississippi, June 1966. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist and Gigi Benson⁣
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#harrybenson #photojournalism #photojournalist #civilrights #mlk #martinlutherking #johnlewis #ralphabernathy #weshallovercome #mississippi #documentaryphotography #racialjustice #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart

“A good photograph is one that can’t be repeated.” —Harry Benson⁣

The great photojournalist, Harry Benson, was born on this day in 1929 in Glasgow, Scotland. Please join us in wishing our friend @harrybensoncbe a most wonderful 93rd birthday! ⁣

Many of Benson’s most indelible images can be found in our current exhibition—Harry Benson: Four Stories (on view through January 29th). 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.⁣

In case you missed it, a recording of Benson’s recent sold-out Q&A can be found on our website! ⁣

Harry Benson. John Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., & Ralph Abernathy singing “We Shall Overcome” on the James Meredith March Against Fear, Mississippi, June 1966. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist and Gigi Benson⁣

#harrybenson #photojournalism #photojournalist #civilrights #mlk #martinlutherking #johnlewis #ralphabernathy #weshallovercome #mississippi #documentaryphotography #racialjustice #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart
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“I never wanted color to be color. I never wanted texture to be texture, or images to become shapes. I wanted them all to fuse together into a living spirit.”—Clyfford Still⁣
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Clyfford Still, the pioneering American first generation Abstract Expressionist painter, was born on this day in 1904 in Grandin, North Dakota. ⁣
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Clyfford Still (1904-1980). Untitled, 1944. Oil on paper. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Stone (PA 1950), Addison Art Drive, 1991.88⁣
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#clyffordstill #abstractexpressionism #abstractexpressionist #abstractart #abstractpainting #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart

“I never wanted color to be color. I never wanted texture to be texture, or images to become shapes. I wanted them all to fuse together into a living spirit.”—Clyfford Still⁣

Clyfford Still, the pioneering American first generation Abstract Expressionist painter, was born on this day in 1904 in Grandin, North Dakota. ⁣

Clyfford Still (1904-1980). Untitled, 1944. Oil on paper. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Stone (PA 1950), Addison Art Drive, 1991.88⁣

#clyffordstill #abstractexpressionism #abstractexpressionist #abstractart #abstractpainting #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart
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Meanwhile in the galleries…⁣
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Students respond to Harry Benson: Four Stories. ⁣
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#addisongalleryofamericanart #teachingmuseum #harrybenson #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart #andover #phillipsacademy @harrybensoncbe

Meanwhile in the galleries…⁣

Students respond to Harry Benson: Four Stories. ⁣

#addisongalleryofamericanart #teachingmuseum #harrybenson #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart #andover #phillipsacademy @harrybensoncbe
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The Addison will be closed tomorrow, November 24th, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. ⁣
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Looking for additional ways to avoid talking about politics with your extended family? Bring them to the Addison! Normal hours resume on Friday at 10:00.⁣
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Enoch Wood Perry (1831-1915). Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner, 1872. Oil on canvas. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, museum purchase, 1954.6⁣
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#enochwoodperry #thanksgiving #genrepainting #19thcenturyart #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart

The Addison will be closed tomorrow, November 24th, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. ⁣

Looking for additional ways to avoid talking about politics with your extended family? Bring them to the Addison! Normal hours resume on Friday at 10:00.⁣

Enoch Wood Perry (1831-1915). Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner, 1872. Oil on canvas. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, museum purchase, 1954.6⁣

#enochwoodperry #thanksgiving #genrepainting #19thcenturyart #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart
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Please join us on Zoom at 6:00 EST on Thursday, December 1st for “The Art of HIV/AIDS.”⁣
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Organized by Dr. Tanya Sheehan (PA 1994), New Perspectives: The Collection in Dialogue presents a series of virtual talks by leading scholars of American art that focus on the Addison’s collection. The first lecture in the series takes place on World AIDS Day. The Addison has amassed a strong collection of artworks produced by Americans during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and by artists who continue to be impacted by HIV/AIDS. This includes the work of Mark Morrisroe, Hunter Reynolds, Eric Rhein, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., David Wojnarowicz, and others. In conversation will be Fiona Johnstone (Durham University), author of the forthcoming book AIDS and Representation: Portraits and Self-Portraits During the AIDS Crisis in America, and Jonathan Katz, curator of numerous exhibitions on the art of HIV/AIDS including Art AIDS America (2015).⁣
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Please visit the link in our bio to register for this free virtual program!⁣
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Generous support for New Perspectives: The Collection in Dialogue has been provided by the Lana Lobell Fund and the Alumni/Alumnae Lectureship Fund.⁣
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Tim Rollins (1955-2017) and K.O.S. A Journal of the Plague Year, 1988. Mixed media on canvas. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, Gift of Robert and Evelyn Doran, 2017.15⁣
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#timrollins #timrollinsandkos #hivaids #artandaids #markmorrisroe #hunterreynolds #ericrhein #davidwojnarowicz #journaloftheplagueyear @ericrheinart #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart

Please join us on Zoom at 6:00 EST on Thursday, December 1st for “The Art of HIV/AIDS.”⁣

Organized by Dr. Tanya Sheehan (PA 1994), New Perspectives: The Collection in Dialogue presents a series of virtual talks by leading scholars of American art that focus on the Addison’s collection. The first lecture in the series takes place on World AIDS Day. The Addison has amassed a strong collection of artworks produced by Americans during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and by artists who continue to be impacted by HIV/AIDS. This includes the work of Mark Morrisroe, Hunter Reynolds, Eric Rhein, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., David Wojnarowicz, and others. In conversation will be Fiona Johnstone (Durham University), author of the forthcoming book AIDS and Representation: Portraits and Self-Portraits During the AIDS Crisis in America, and Jonathan Katz, curator of numerous exhibitions on the art of HIV/AIDS including Art AIDS America (2015).⁣

Please visit the link in our bio to register for this free virtual program!⁣

Generous support for New Perspectives: The Collection in Dialogue has been provided by the Lana Lobell Fund and the Alumni/Alumnae Lectureship Fund.⁣

Tim Rollins (1955-2017) and K.O.S. A Journal of the Plague Year, 1988. Mixed media on canvas. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, Gift of Robert and Evelyn Doran, 2017.15⁣

#timrollins #timrollinsandkos #hivaids #artandaids #markmorrisroe #hunterreynolds #ericrhein #davidwojnarowicz #journaloftheplagueyear @ericrheinart #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart
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“Wait, but I thought you were a Verified Fan?”⁣
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Attributed to John Trumbull (1756-1843). Early American Swifties Crying after Failed Attempts to Secure Taylor Swift Tickets, undated. Graphite on paper. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, museum purchase, 1934.61⁣
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This post took ⅓ of one All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) to conceptualize and execute. ⁣
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#taylorswift #swifties #alltoowell #taylorsversion #jakegyllenhaal #scarf #ticketmaster #teardropsonmyguitar #taylorswiftfans #earlyamerican #johntrumbull #americandrawing #privatejet

“Wait, but I thought you were a Verified Fan?”⁣

Attributed to John Trumbull (1756-1843). Early American Swifties Crying after Failed Attempts to Secure Taylor Swift Tickets, undated. Graphite on paper. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, museum purchase, 1934.61⁣

This post took ⅓ of one All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) to conceptualize and execute. ⁣

#taylorswift #swifties #alltoowell #taylorsversion #jakegyllenhaal #scarf #ticketmaster #teardropsonmyguitar #taylorswiftfans #earlyamerican #johntrumbull #americandrawing #privatejet
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“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.” —Georgia O’Keeffe⁣
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Georgia O’Keeffe was born on this day in 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Produced in 1919, this striking charcoal composition marks a pivotal moment in O’Keeffe’s early career. After exploring the expressive possibility of the flatness of the picture plane with lush pools of watercolor and swirling charcoal abstractions in nearly one hundred fifty works on paper from 1915 to 1918, O’Keeffe arrived in New York in June 1918 to a creative rebirth in which she destroyed a number of these earlier works and delved into a wholly new investigation of form through oil painting to achieve a personal imagery.⁣
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A rare work on paper from this early oil painting phase, Black Lines synthesizes both O’Keeffe’s mastery of flat tone from her previous work and her initial experimentation with tight-cropped, cleanly contoured volumes that would emerge as her stylistic signature. With two sharp black bolts piercing through a defined edge into a smoothly shaded volume, the work resonates with a powerful tension between the abstract weight of light and dark, sharp flatness and smooth volume, and motion and stillness. Considering the resulting image in light of her later enlargements of flower details, we can let ourselves imagine what this pure abstraction might be: a puncture? a bee sting? a piercing note of music? (Jen Mergel, On Paper: Masterworks from the Addison Collection)⁣
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Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986). Black Lines, 1919. Charcoal on paper. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, museum purchase, 1959.22⁣
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#georgiaokeeffe #okeeffe #charcoal #abstraction #abstractart #blacklines #drawing #womenartists #5womenartists #whatisamerica #americanart #addisongalleryofamericanart #modernism #americanmodernism #modernart #earlyabstraction

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.” —Georgia O’Keeffe⁣

Georgia O’Keeffe was born on this day in 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Produced in 1919, this striking charcoal composition marks a pivotal moment in O’Keeffe’s early career. After exploring the expressive possibility of the flatness of the picture plane with lush pools of watercolor and swirling charcoal abstractions in nearly one hundred fifty works on paper from 1915 to 1918, O’Keeffe arrived in New York in June 1918 to a creative rebirth in which she destroyed a number of these earlier works and delved into a wholly new investigation of form through oil painting to achieve a personal imagery.⁣

A rare work on paper from this early oil painting phase, Black Lines synthesizes both O’Keeffe’s mastery of flat tone from her previous work and her initial experimentation with tight-cropped, cleanly contoured volumes that would emerge as her stylistic signature. With two sharp black bolts piercing through a defined edge into a smoothly shaded volume, the work resonates with a powerful tension between the abstract weight of light and dark, sharp flatness and smooth volume, and motion and stillness. Considering the resulting image in light of her later enlargements of flower details, we can let ourselves imagine what this pure abstraction might be: a puncture? a bee sting? a piercing note of music? (Jen Mergel, On Paper: Masterworks from the Addison Collection)⁣

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986). Black Lines, 1919. Charcoal on paper. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, museum purchase, 1959.22⁣

#georgiaokeeffe #okeeffe #charcoal #abstraction #abstractart #blacklines #drawing #womenartists #5womenartists #whatisamerica #americanart #addisongalleryofamericanart #modernism #americanmodernism #modernart #earlyabstraction
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“Some of us look forward to a great and alive American art. We look forward to a great and alive art in the Middle West, but be reminded of this—the great art is within yourself—within your own heart is the secret of the power that will attract your fellow men.” —John Steuart Curry⁣
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John Steuart Curry, the great American Regionalist painter, was born on a farm in Dunavant, Kansas on this day in 1897. Famed for his often fraught, unvarnished depictions of contemporary rural life in Kansas and for his engagement with the violent Bleeding Kansas period, Curry’s work was controversial in his home state. ⁣
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This masterful drawing was executed shortly after Curry spent several weeks traveling around the Northeast with the Ringling Bros.⁣ and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In search of a “new viewpoint of life,” Curry found inspiration of a number of important prints and paintings. Particularly interested bits the remarkable bulk of the circus elephants, he was fascinated by their “shining beady eyes,” finding it “a little disconcerting to see this brilliant animation in such a massive form.” ⁣
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John Steuart Curry (1897-1946). Elephants, 1933. Crayon and graphite on paper. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, museum purchase, 1935.31⁣
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#johnsteuartcurry #regionalism #elephant #ringlingbros #circus #greatdepression #kansasartist #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart

“Some of us look forward to a great and alive American art. We look forward to a great and alive art in the Middle West, but be reminded of this—the great art is within yourself—within your own heart is the secret of the power that will attract your fellow men.” —John Steuart Curry⁣

John Steuart Curry, the great American Regionalist painter, was born on a farm in Dunavant, Kansas on this day in 1897. Famed for his often fraught, unvarnished depictions of contemporary rural life in Kansas and for his engagement with the violent Bleeding Kansas period, Curry’s work was controversial in his home state. ⁣

This masterful drawing was executed shortly after Curry spent several weeks traveling around the Northeast with the Ringling Bros.⁣ and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In search of a “new viewpoint of life,” Curry found inspiration of a number of important prints and paintings. Particularly interested bits the remarkable bulk of the circus elephants, he was fascinated by their “shining beady eyes,” finding it “a little disconcerting to see this brilliant animation in such a massive form.” ⁣

John Steuart Curry (1897-1946). Elephants, 1933. Crayon and graphite on paper. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, museum purchase, 1935.31⁣

#johnsteuartcurry #regionalism #elephant #ringlingbros #circus #greatdepression #kansasartist #americanart #whatisamerica #addisongalleryofamericanart
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