FRANK BOWLING: WORKS ON PAPER, 2009-2021
(BOWLING, FRANK). Pesenti, Allegra. Beverly Hills, CA: Marc Selwyn Fine Arts, 2022, I00221015. First Edition. 8 1/2 x 7 3/4", 68 pages. Hardbound. Artist Monograph. New/No Jacket - As Issued.
Over the past decade, Frank Bowling has enjoyed belated attention and celebration, including a major Tate Britain retrospective in 2019. Born in British Guyana in 1934, Bowling arrived in England in his late teens, and began his career at the Royal College of Art. During his time at the RCA, he studied alongside David Hockney and Peter Blake and became involved in the British Pop Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Aided by a Guggenheim Fellowship, Bowling moved to New York in 1966. Following a solo exhibition at the Whitney in 1971 (in the same period as shows featuring Melvin Edwards, Jack Whitten, and Alma Thomas), Bowling met influential critic Clement Greenberg, who became a regular visitor to the artist’s studio and a major influence on his practice. With Greenberg’s advice and encouragement, any lingering doubts about his commitment to Modernism were abandoned, and Bowling began to progress further toward pure abstraction, removing all recognizable imagery to focus on process, materials and color. Bowling has developed a unique and virtuosic abstract style that combines aspects of American painterly abstraction with a treatment of light and space that consciously recollects the great English landscape painters Gainsborough, Turner and Constable. A brand new, pristine example of this lovely hardbound catalogue produced in conjunction with a 2022 Marc Selwyn Fine Art exhibition of works on paper.
979-8218032630 Inventory Number: I00221015