Past Exhibitions

American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning, and Their Circle, 1927–1942

September 21 - December 30, 2012

In the 1920s through 1940s, the enigmatic and charismatic John Graham (1886–1961) and his circle of New York artists, which included Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, and Willem de Kooning, helped redefine ideas of what painting and sculpture could be. They, along with others in Graham’s orbit, such as Jackson Pollock and David Smith, played a critical role in developing and defining American modernism. American Vanguards showcases more than sixty works of art from this vital period that demonstrate the inter-connections, common sources, and shared stimuli among the members of Graham’s circle.

This exhibition, curated by notable scholars William C. Agee, Irving Sandler, and Karen Wilkin, will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue co-published by the Addison and Yale University Press. This critical reconsideration sheds new light on the New York School, Abstract Expressionism, and the vitality of American modernism between the two world wars.

American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning, and Their Circle, 1927–1942 is organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.

Generous support for this exhibition and publication was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and The Dedalus Foundation, Inc., and by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

In kind media partner:


Neuberger Museum of Art
Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, New York
January 29 - April 28, 2012

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Fort Worth, Texas
June 9 - August 19, 2012

Addison Gallery of American Art
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
September 21 - December 30, 2012