Slice of the City - Issue 2 - Travel Leaders


Issue Two Spring / Summer 2018

Ten Americans: After Paul Klee opens in Washington D.C.

This spring, The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. explores the work of celebrated Swiss-born artist Paul Klee (1879–1940) and its influence on an entire generation of a young American artists in the mid-twentieth century. Following World War II, many sought for an art form far removed from the external world, and Klee’s childlike, exploratory style provided ample inspiration. In Klee, they found a liberating example of an artist who drew upon many ideas gaining currency in the international artistic avant-garde, including the art of indigenous cultures, the power of symbolic language, and an interest in probing nature’s invisible forces. The exhibition sheds new light on important figures in American Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting who adapted aspects of Klee’s art and ideology into their own artistic development and features Klee’s work in dialogue with over 60 pieces by the likes of Jackson Pollock, Gene Davis, Mark Tobey and Theodoros Stamos.

Ten Americans: After Paul Klee will run until May 6, 2018. The Phillips Collection is located in Dupont Circle.

The Sacrifice of Kronos , No. 2, by Greek artist Theodoros Stamos – painted in 1948


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