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