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Jeanne Siegel

Jeanne Siegel was responsible for a feature in Art International The Art Spectrum, Volume XIX/5, May 15 1975, about Frank Bowling. The four page feature, extensively illustrated, was titled Frank Bowling’s Abstract Paintings: A Critque and Interview.

This was a hugely important text that benchmarkedBowlin’s practice in the middle part of the 1970s. Several years earlier, Bowling had had his very significant solo exhibition at the Whitney in New York. More recently, he had had an exhibition at Center for Inter-American Relations, 680 Park Avenue, New York, 28 November 1973 - 13 January 1974. Both of these exhibitions were referenced in this text, which consisted of an assessment of Bowling’s practice, followed by an interview between Siegel and Bowling.

The feature opened with “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. Since then his paintings have been built on color alone. If the Whitney paintings suggested a nebulous view of the world the newer ones evoke a color atmosphere that has a more felt relationship to nature.”

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