By Edward Sozanski .Contributing Art Critic. http://www.philly.com . Aug.2.2009
An impressive, comprehensive collection – begun when European art was considered superior – is on display.
When Charles K. Williams II graduated from Princeton University in 1953, a collection of American art comparable to the one he has formed over nearly three decades would have been an anomaly.
Americans were slow to acknowledge their own art history, and consequently until the mid-20th century collectors were more likely to acquire works by famous Europeans.
Williams not only collects American art, he does so in a way that catalogs its development systematically, particularly as far as modernism is concerned.