America’s National Gallery of Art
Philip Kopper et al.
Seventy-five years ago, on the brink of World War II, the National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, DC. Founded by Andrew W. Mellon and accepted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on behalf of the nation, the museum and art collection Mellon gave have since been enhanced by magnificent gifts of art and funds. This volume tells the history of the National Gallery in lively prose and a lush, cinematic sequence of images.
The East Building opened in 1978, followed by the Sculpture Garden in 1999. In 2014, the Gallery’s historic agreement to accept stewardship of the Corcoran Collection presented even more new opportunities and responsibilities. The Gallery’s current director, Earl A. Powell III—only the fourth in its history—has overseen the museum’s further dramatic transformation in the past 25 years. The art collection and exhibitions remain a highest priority, along with the Gallery’s incomparable buildings and grounds. Technological advances have also revolutionized conservation, communication, security, the art, and nearly every aspect of the museum’s activities. Updating an earlier history published in 1992, this book will also provide readers with a first look at the East Building’s exciting new rooftop sculpture terrace and tower galleries, opened in 2016.
408 Pages with gatefold | 730 illustrations | 10.25 x 11.75 inches
Coming November 2016