America's National Gallery of Art
In celebration of the momentous 75th anniversary of the beloved cultural institution, America's National Gallery of Art takes readers on a definitive inside tour through the museum's remarkable history and growth. This volume will be appreciated for generations to come.
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.
- 10 x 11.5 inches
- 400 pages, 650 color illustrations, 120 halftones
- Published: 2017