Diaspora-Artists logo


Frank Bowling - Whitney

Solo show at Whitney Museum of American Art. 1971
Date: 4 November, 1971 until 6 December, 1971
Organiser: Whitney Museum of American Art

Hugely significant New York exhibition by Frank Bowling, accompanied by a small catalogue, the inside cover of which contained the text: Frank Bowling interviewed by Robert Doty, New York, 14 September 1971. Back cover contains Frank Bowling’s CV / Photograph / Catalogue listing. Photographs by Geoffrey Clements and Robert Doty. 4 November - 6 December 1971. Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10021.

(Bowling’s year of birth was 1936, though this catalogue, for Bowling’s 1971 Whitney Museum of American Art notes his year of birth as 1935).

In a feature in Art International The Art Spectrum, Volume XIX/5, May 15 1975, about Frank Bowling, Jeanne Siegel opened the text with a summarty of the exhibition, “After Frank Bowling’s exhibition at the Whitney Museum at the end of 1971 he turned to abstraction. The Whitney show consisted of large scale, more or less monochromatic (or so they appeared) stained paintings which contained stencilled images of maps.”

This Whitney exhibition was discussed in a section of Kellie Jones, ‘It’s Not Enough to Say “Black is Beautiful” ‘: Abstraction at the Whitney, 1969-1974, in Discrepant Abstraction, inIVA and MIT Press, 2006. The section in question was Frank Bowling: 4 November - 6 December 1971.

Related items

click to show details of Discrepant Abstraction

»  Discrepant Abstraction

Book relating to a publication, 2006

click to show details of Frank Bowling - Whitney 1971

»  Frank Bowling - Whitney 1971

Exhibition guide relating to an exhibition, 1971

click to show details of Frank Bowling’s Abstract Paintings: A Critique and Interview

»  Frank Bowling’s Abstract Paintings: A Critique and Interview

Article relating to an individual, 1975

People in this exhibition

»  Frank Bowling OBE, RA

Born, 1935 - 1937 (probably 1936) in British Guiana (now Guyana) Caribbean/S. America

Exhibition venues

»  Whitney Museum of American Art

New York, United States of America