American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning and their Circle, 1927-1942

June 9–August 19, 2012
Second floor

During the early 20th century, the enigmatic and charismatic John Graham (1886–1961) and his circle of New York artists, which included Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, and Willem de Kooning, forged their identities and dramatically transformed conceptions of what a painting or sculpture could be. Along with others in Graham’s orbit, such as Jackson Pollock and David Smith, they played a critical role in developing and defining American modernism. American Vanguards showcases more than 60 works of art from this vital period that demonstrate the inter-connections, common sources, and shared stimuli among the members of Graham’s circle.

Installation Photos

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In the Press

The New York Times, February 19, 2012: Debunking a Myth of Solitary, Barely Literate Painters


The New York Times, February 2, 2012: The Modernist Musketeers are Reunited


The Wall Street Journal, February 23, 2012: Waiting for Picasso

American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning and Their Circle, 1927–1942 was organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts. Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, and by the Dedalus Foundation. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The Fort Worth presentation of the exhibition is sponsored by Bates Container, Frost Bank, and the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.