Adventures in Modern Art


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The Charles K. Williams II Collection

Innis Howe Shoemaker; With contributions by Jennifer T. Criss, Kathleen A. Foster, John Ittmann, and Michael R. Taylor

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In 1990 archaeologist Charles K. Williams II began seriously to acquire paintings, sculptures, watercolors, and drawings by modern American artists, after about ten years of collecting 19th- and 20th-century American and European prints. Williams amassed an important collection that includes examples by most of the major American artists and movements of the early 20th century.


This fully illustrated catalogue features entries on more than one hundred significant works by artists including Stieglitz Circle painters Georgia O’Keeffe, John Marin, Marsden Hartley, and Arthur Dove; Precisionists Charles Demuth, Ralston Crawford, George Ault, and Charles Sheeler; and Philadelphia modernists Arthur B. Carles, Hugh Henry Breckenridge, and Earl Horter. Sculptures by Elie Nadelman, John Storrs, Alberto Giacometti, and Louise Nevelson are included. Of special note is Thomas Hart Benton’s painting The Apple of Discord and a rare landscape drawing by American Regionalist Grant Wood.

Published in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exhibition Schedule:

Philadelphia Museum of Art (7/12/09 – 9/13/09)

Innis Howe Shoemaker is The Audrey and William H. Helfand Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Philadelphia Museum of Art (7/12/09 – 9/13/09)

"A fine example of an exhibition catalog that also serves as a work of reference and information. The development of the collection, the personality of the collector, and the scholarly care taken with this book are impressive."—Paula Frosch, Library Journal
ISBN: 9780300149784
Publication Date: August 11, 2009
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art
336 pages, 9 x 11 1/4
2 b/w + 153 color illus.
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