Ten Americans

After Paul Klee

February 3 - May 6, 2018

The exhibition, co-organized by The Phillips Collection and the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland, explores the seminal role of Swiss-born artist Paul Klee (1879–1940) in the development of mid-20th century American art. Ten Americans sheds new light on important figures in American Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting who adapted aspects of Klee’s art and ideology into their own artistic development. Featuring more than 60 paintings, prints, and drawings from collections in the US and Switzerland, the exhibition is the first to feature work by Klee in dialogue with William Baziotes, Gene Davis, Adolph Gottlieb, Norman Lewis, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Jackson Pollock, Theodoros Stamos, Mark Tobey, and Bradley Walker Tomlin.

The exhibition and its publication were made possible with support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.


This exhibition is supported by Altria Group.




Support for the presentation at The Phillips Collection was provided by the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, the Ednah Root Foundation, and Eric Richter.

Brought to you by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.



In-kind support is provided by