America's National Gallery of Art

About the Author

Philip Kopper is publisher and chief editorial officer of Posterity Press in Bethesda, MD. He is the author of New Southern Classicism, Colonial Williamsburg, and The National Museum of Natural History.

America's National Gallery of Art

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Philip Kopper and the Publishing Office of the National Gallery of Art

Seventy-five years ago, the National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, D.C. Founded and given by Andrew W. Mellon on behalf of the nation, the museum housed Mellon’s stunning art collection in the beautiful neoclassical structure on the National Mall designed by John Russell Pope. Since that time, the Gallery’s singular status as the nation’s art museum has continued to attract generous donors who have added tens of thousands of magnificent works of art and whose generosity has made possible such expansions as I. M. Pei’s East Building in 1978, the Sculpture Garden, and most recently a Roof Terrace and new Tower Galleries in the East Building. In celebration of the momentous anniversary of a beloved cultural institution, America’s National Gallery of Art takes readers on a definitive inside tour through the museum’s remarkable history and growth.


With Philip Kopper’s lively prose and with abundant illustrations, this richly detailed volume recounts the development of the Gallery under its four directors—David Finley, John Walker, J. Carter Brown, and current leader Earl A. Powell III—and highlights the museum’s collections, exhibitions, architecture, and ambience. Later chapters explore the Gallery’s new emphasis on contemporary art and its historic 2014 agreement to accept stewardship of the Corcoran Collection, giving readers and visitors a window onto the future of this national treasure.


The most authoritative look at one of the world’s greatest museums, America’s National Gallery of Art will be appreciated for generations to come.

  • Hardcover
  • 10 x 11.5 inches
  • 400 pages, 650 color illustrations, 120 halftones
  • Published: 2017


2017 Washington Publisher Design Awards, First Place, Illustrated Books from Nonprofit Publishers

2017 AAM Publication Design Awards, Honorable Mention, Books

2017 Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Book, Jacket, and Journal Show


Editorial Reviews

"America’s National Gallery of Art provides an important understanding of how this distinctive institution came to be. The book introduces readers to the museum’s origins as a legacy of Andrew Mellon, and charts its history as a narrative of generous donors and visionary directors. This work offers insights into the museum building’s architectural evolution and the acquisitions that make the National Gallery of Art a treasure house." —Judith F. Dolkart, Addison Gallery of American Art

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