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Alexander Gray Associates

Frank Bowling

  • Frank Bowling
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    Frank Bowling, Elder Sun Benjamin, 2018
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    Frank Bowling, B.G. OLDHAG, 2018
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Press for Frank Bowling

Current Exhibitions at Alexander Gray Associates


Heated Sky

  • Betty Parsons,
  • Opens: Feb. 26, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 04, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painted Sculpture

  • Melvin Edwards,
  • Opens: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 14, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Teresa Burga

  • Teresa Burga,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 12, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Unrealized / Não feito

  • Regina Silveira,
  • Opens: Jun. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 12, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Count of Three

  • Polly Apfelbaum,
  • Torkwase Dyson,
  • Sam Gilliam,
  • Carrie Moyer,
  • Ulrike Müller,
  • Odili Donald Odita,
  • Betty Parsons,
  • Jack Tworkov,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2019
  • Closes: May. 25, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 18, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Doble Existencia / Double Existence

  • Ricardo Brey,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 06, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Necessary Elaboration

  • Joan Semmel,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cutting Out CONYT

  • Lorraine O'Grady,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frank Bowling

  • Frank Bowling
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Nullities of Life

  • Hugh Steers,
  • Opens: Jun. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Inappropriate Longings

  • Harmony Hammond,
  • Opens: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Closes: May. 26, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Stirring Wirds

  • Kay Rosen,
  • Opens: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Semi Systems

  • Hassan Sharif,
  • Opens: Jan. 04, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 04, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Neither Here Nor There

  • Valeska Soares,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 01, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Potential of Women

  • Polly Apfelbaum,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Invisible Presence

  • Betty Parsons,
  • Opens: May. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 06 - Oct 13, 2018

  • Reception: Sep 06, 6 - 8pm

Where

Alexander Gray Associates

  • 510 West 26th Street, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.399.2636

About

Alexander Gray Associates presents its first exhibition of work by Frank Bowling OBE, RA (b.1934), Frank Bowling. Born in British Guiana, Bowling maintains studios in London and New York. For over five decades, his practice has been defined by its integration of autobiography and postcolonial geopolitics into abstraction. Featuring a selection of recent work, the presentation celebrates Bowling’s contributions to the field of painting.

Bowling first came to prominence in the early 1960s while still a student at the Royal College of Art in London. Graduating at the height of the British Pop movement, his early work combined representation with gestural applications of paint. After moving to New York in 1966, he immersed himself in post-war American art, producing his semi-figurative Map Paintings (1967–71) before fully embracing abstraction with his series of Poured Paintings (1973–78). A talented and incisive writer, he became a contributing editor to Arts Magazine, drafting insightful texts on artistic production and race. Friends with artists like Melvin Edwards and Jack Whitten, Bowling was also mentored by the art critic Clement Greenberg, and the formal innovation of his practice builds on the legacy of Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Painting.

In recent work, Bowling continues to hone his approach to abstraction. Playing with color and texture, he synthesizes more than a half-century of painterly techniques. Expanding on the dynamic swaths of acrylic of his 1970s Poured Paintings, these intricate compositions juxtapose gestural drips and slides of pigment against collaged surfaces that refine the accreted roughness of the artist’s 1980s reliefs. Through the use of printed canvas, fabric, and seams, Bowling recalls his mother—a dress designer, embroiderer, and general store owner—incorporating autobiography into the formalist rigor of abstraction.

At the same time, in paintings like Elder Sun Benjamin (2018), which features stacked planes of color, Bowling evokes the presence of both horizons and borders. Inviting comparisons to the Romantic landscapes of Turner and the striped compositions of Barnett Newman and Jasper Johns, these works imbue abstraction with allusions to observed reality, inviting discourses on the natural world and the complex intertwining of geography and territory. However, Bowling insists, “I do not want to illustrate anything, but to make the paint dance. … The paint does its own thing, spreads and bleeds and then suggests images.” Reveling in color and geometry, Frank Bowling reveals the artist’s masterful ability to “make the paint dance” as he continues to question the nature of abstraction and the possibilities of painting.

A major retrospective of Bowling’s work organized by Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom will open in 2019.


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