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Matt Phillips: Inspired

Friday, July 26, 2019

8:00 AM-7:00 PM

Exhibition from March 29, 2019 through July 26, 2019. The late Matt Phillips (1927–2017) was a painter, printmaker and art educator. He was born in New York and studied literature at the University of Chicago where he earned his master’s degree. He first studied art at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, and traveled throughout Europe studying painting. He taught art in Paris from 1962 to 1964. When he returned to the United States, he taught at Bard College in upstate New York for 27 years.

This exhibition focuses on how Phillips, who is best known for his monotypes, and who often referred to himself as a “painter-poet,” found inspiration in several areas, notably poetry, nature, the female form and his world travels. His concentration on the medium of monotyping, helped to reintroduce contemporary artists to a technique that had been favored by nineteenth-century artists.

This exhibition was curated by Joseph O’Kane ’18 as a museum leadership graduate practicum project. Special thanks are owed to Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD, professor and chair emeritus of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Dornsife School of Public Health, and his wife Joanne B. Frank, for their sponsorship and the use of their collection. Without their generosity, this exhibit would not have been possible.

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Lynn Clouser

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Rincliffe Gallery
Main Building, 3rd Floor
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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