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Spanierman Modern

New York, New York, USA, United States of America
Official website: Spanierman Modern

Spanierman Modern was the venue for Frank Bowling O.B.E., RA: Paintings 1974 - 2010, 14 September - October 16 2010. It was also the venue for several other exhibitions of Bowling’s work, such as Frank Bowling O.B.E., RA AT EIGHTY which took place at Spanierman Modern, in New York, April 24 - May 28, 2014. The exhibition featured a selection of Bowling’s paintings, made in the immediate years leading up to 2014. The exhibition came with an important catalogue, extensively illustrated with colour plates, and a text by Jim Hunter, Professor Emeritus of Painting, The Arts University Bournemouth.

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»  Frank Bowling OBE, RA

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

Frank Bowling O.B.E., RA: Paintings 1974 - 2010

Solo show at Spanierman Modern. 2010
Date: 14 September, 2010 until 16 October, 2010
Organiser: Spanierman Modern

An exhibition of paintings by Frank Bowling, O.B.E., RA, held at Spanierman Modern, New York. The exhibition consisted for paintings drawn from a substantial period of Bowling’s ongoing career, with work produced between 1974 and 2010. The exhibition came with a substantial full colour catalogue, featuring an essay by longtime Bowling admirer Mel Gooding. Within the essay, Gooding took the reader through different periods of Bowling’s practice, citing influences as well as offering descriptions of both the paintings themselves and the various processes used in the making of them. For example, “The poured paintings of the mid-1970s were created by means of a mechanical device of Bowling’s own invention: a tilting board-platform, whose angle of tilt could be controlled by pegs at each end, and which allowed the paint to flow downwards over the stretched canvas at a determined speed, its velocities susceptible to adjustment. In effect the painting made itself with a minimum of assistance from the painter.”

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»  Frank Bowling OBE, RA

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

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»  Spanierman Modern

New York, New York, USA, United States of America

Frank Bowling O.B.E., RA, Spanierman Modern catalogue (2010)

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2010
Published by: Spanierman Modern
Year published: 2010
Number of pages: 32
ISBN: 978-1-935617-04-4

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Substantial full colour catalogue for an exhibition of paintings by Frank Bowling, O.B.E., RA, held at Spanierman Modern, New York. The exhibition consisted for paintings drawn from a substantial period of Bowling’s ongoing career, with work produced between 1974 and 2010. The exhibition catalogue featured an essay by longtime Bowling admirer Mel Gooding. Within the essay, Gooding took the reader through different periods of Bowling’s practice, citing influences as well as offering descriptions of both the paintings themselves and the various processes used in the making of them. For example, “The poured paintings of the mid-1970s were created by means of a mechanical device of Bowling’s own invention: a tilting board-platform, whose angle of tilt could be controlled by pegs at each end, and which allowed the paint to flow downwards over the stretched canvas at a determined speed, its velocities susceptible to adjustment. In effect the painting made itself with a minimum of assistance from the painter.”

Catalogue contents as follows:

Plate of Scott’s Eyetooth, 1982

Essay A Poet in New York: Reflections on the Exhibition, Mel Gooding (essay featured smaller reproductions of Pondlife 2010 and Basket 2010.

Eleven full page plates

Exhibition checklist, interspersed with small reproductions of a number of the paintings.

Three pages of biographical information and artist’s CV, including a dramatic portrait of Bowling. The image is uncredited, but Roz Akin is listed as being responsible for the publication’s photography, elsewhere in the publication.

The exhibition catalogue came with a small folded invitation to the Opening Reception, printed on translucent paper, and folded over the cover of the catalogue, when it was mailed out by Spanierman Modern Gallery.

 

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Frank Bowling O.B.E., RA, Spanierman Modern, invitation (2010)

Announcement relating to an exhibition, 2010
Published by: Spanierman Modern
Year published: 2010
Unpaginated.

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The exhibition catalogue for Frank Bowling, O.B.E., RA, held at Spanierman Modern, New York, came with a small folded invitation to the Opening Reception, printed on translucent paper, and folded over the cover of the catalogue, when it was mailed out by Spanierman Modern Gallery.

The Opening Reception took place on September 14, 2010.

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Frank Bowling O.B.E., RA, Spanierman Modern, invitation (2013)

Invite relating to an exhibition, 2013
Published by: Spanierman Modern
Year published: 2013
Unpaginated.

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The exhibition catalogue for Frank Bowling: PAINTINGS, 1967-2012, held at Spanierman Modern, New York, came with a small folded invitation to the Opening Reception, printed on translucent paper, and folded over the cover of the catalogue, when it was mailed out by Spanierman Modern Gallery.

The Opening Reception took place on Thursday, March 21, 2013. The exhibition itself ran from March 21 - April 20 2013.

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Frank Bowling O.B.E., RA, Spanierman Modern, exhibition brochure (2013)

Brochure relating to an exhibition, 2013
Published by: Spanierman Modern
Year published: 2013
Unpaginated.

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Significant full colour folded brochure for an exhibition of Paintings, 1967 - 2012 by Frank Bowling, O.B.E., RA, held at Spanierman Modern, New York. The exhibition consisted for paintings drawn from a substantial period of Bowling’s ongoing career, with work produced between 1967 and 2012. The exhibition brochure featured an essay by Courtney J Martin. Within the essay, Martin took the reader through different periods of Bowling’s practice, citing influences as well as offering descriptions of both the paintings themselves and the various processes used in the making of them. For example, “During this period Bowling began what is now known as his map series, a suite of paintings that feature outlines of geographic spaces. Completed the year of his Guggenheim Fellowship, Bartica Born and False Start are representative of this series wherein figuration is reduced to the symbolic, compositional gesture of the stencil. Kobena Mercer has written convincingly that the map paintings were a sign of Bowling’s transition from “figurative painting to post-painterly abstraction,” one of the last Greenberg terms for proficient abstract painting. The outline of South America and the other continents that made their way into the map paintings are, like the paint in the rest of these compositions, without spatial depth.”

Catalogue contents as follows:

Front cover: Upright 2012 acrylic on canvas 74 x 53 in.

Inside cover: exhibition detaiuls, plus plate of Made at Maclise 1982 acrylic on canvas 83 x 68 3/8 in.

Catalogue essay by Courtney J. Martin, including plates of False Start c. 1967 acrylic on canvas 63 3/4 x 51 in and Carriage 2006 acrlic on canvas 24 x 41 in.

Full page plate of Lenora Seas 1976 acrylic on canvas 87 x 47 1/2 in.

Edited biographical information and artist’s CV.

The exhibition brochure came with a small folded invitation to the Opening Reception, printed on translucent paper, and folded over the cover of the catalogue, when it was mailed out by Spanierman Modern Gallery.

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»  Frank Bowling OBE, RA

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

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New York, New York, USA, United States of America

Frank Bowling: Paintings 1967 - 2012

Solo show at Spanierman Modern. 2013
Date: 21 March, 2013 until 20 April, 2013
Organiser: Spanierman Modern

Exhibition of Paintings, 1967 - 2012 by Frank Bowling, O.B.E., RA, held at Spanierman Modern, New York. The exhibition consisted for paintings drawn from a substantial period of Bowling’s ongoing career, with work produced between 1967 and 2012. The exhibition brochure featured an essay by Courtney J Martin. Within the essay, Martin took the reader through different periods of Bowling’s practice, citing influences as well as offering descriptions of both the paintings themselves and the various processes used in the making of them. For example, “During this period Bowling began what is now known as his map series, a suite of paintings that feature outlines of geographic spaces. Completed the year of his Guggenheim Fellowship, Bartica Born and False Start are representative of this series wherein figuration is reduced to the symbolic, compositional gesture of the stencil. Kobena Mercer has written convincingly that the map paintings were a sign of Bowling’s transition from “figurative painting to post-painterly abstraction,” one of the last Greenberg terms for proficient abstract painting. The outline of South America and the other continents that made their way into the map paintings are, like the paint in the rest of these compositions, without spatial depth.”

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»  Frank Bowling OBE, RA

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

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»  Spanierman Modern

New York, New York, USA, United States of America

Frank Bowling O.B.E., RA AT EIGHTY

Solo show at Spanierman Modern. 2014
Date: 24 April, 2014 until 28 May, 2014
Organiser: Spanierman Modern

2016 marked the 80th birthday of Frank Bowling, the artist having been born in Guyana in 1936. This exhibition, Frank Bowling O.B.E., RA AT EIGHTY took place at Spanierman Modern, in New York, April 24 - May 28, 2014. The exhibition featured a selection of Bowling’s paintings, made in the immediate years leading up to 2014. The exhibition came with an important catalogue, extensively illustrated with colour plates, and a text by Jim Hunter, Professor Emeritus of Painting, The Arts University Bournemouth.

From Hunter’s text in the catalogue Frank Bowling O.B.E., RA AT EIGHTY: “My visits to Frank Bowling in his London studio are always extraordinary and inspirational experiences. Each time I am astounded by the scale of his ambition and the visual and physical presence of his paintings. In the rather gloomy space of his Peacock Yard studio, the paintings glow with the colors and forms of other worlds and distant places. Bowling is generous in talking about his work and sharing his thoughts on painting, and this generosity of spirit imbues the substance of his paintings.

In October 2013 I visited Bowling with the purpose of viewing new paintings that were to be taken to New York and prepared for this exhibition. Some were still to be completed, and all of them were yet to be finalized, as exhibition-ready. We viewed them tacked to the studio wall and spread out on the floor, laying one over another so that relationships between the pieces were revealed and then obscured. Rendered in a variety of formats and dimensions, they showed new methods within Bowling’s creative practices and, integral to these, new formal figurations and imagery.

The group, and individual pieces, will be determined finally in New York. Bowling has, for a long time, maintained the practice of producing paintings in both his New York and London studios: works may be started in one of his studios and then completed in the other. The paintings are a product of this dynamic, and are treated by Bowling as a part and (literal) parcel of his dual location in the two cities: both the place and the and process of their making is fluid. The paintings are not “fixed” in terms of the place of their making, neither in the ways and means of their making, nor in their physical form as paintings…”

 

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

Exhibition venues

»  Spanierman Modern

New York, New York, USA, United States of America