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Upcoming Exhibition

Frank Bowling: The New York Years 1966–1975

May 20–September 10, 2023

Floor 7

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Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission.

Discover the luminous and technically pioneering paintings made during Frank Bowling’s pivotal decade in New York, when he became a key actor in a vibrant art scene that transformed his practice. Born in Bartica, British Guiana (now Guyana), Bowling began his career in London and visited Guyana before arriving in New York in 1966, where he participated in critical debates around abstract painting and the role of Black cultural identity in artistic practices.

Drawing from his own transnational journeys and connections, Bowling developed major bodies of work in New York including his oceanic “map paintings,” with hazy stencils of continents and silkscreened family photos. He created color-soaked abstract compositions that reflect watery landscapes from Guyana, London, and New York and made his dynamic process-driven “poured paintings” using a tilting platform to create dazzling compositions. A group of recent paintings made in his London studio show how his work today continues his decades-long experimentation drawing from his family history and transnational experiences, revealing vital intergenerational and globally relevant histories of art.


Exhibition Preview

Frank Bowling, Untitled (Mother’s House), 1966; Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg Collection; courtesy the artist; unknown photographer; © Frank Bowling. all rights reserved Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London, 2022
Frank Bowling, Barticaborn I, 1967; Lowinger Family Collection; courtesy the artist; photographed by Stan Narten; © Frank Bowling. all rights reserved Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London, 2022
Frank Bowling, Dan Johnson’s Surprise, 1969; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art; © Frank Bowling. all rights reserved Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London, 2022
Frank Bowling, Night Journey, 1969–70; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of Maddy and Larry Mohr, 2011; © Frank Bowling, all rights reserved, DACS/ Artimage, London & ARS, New York 2022; courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Frank Bowling, False Start, 1970; Minneapolis Institute of Art, the John R. Van Derlip Fund, © Frank Bowling. all rights reserved Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London, 2022
Frank Bowling, Rosebush, 1974; The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, © Frank Bowling. all rights reserved Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London, 2022
Frank Bowling, Elder Sun Benjamin, 2018; purchase, by exchange, through a gift of Peggy Guggenheim; © Frank Bowling. all rights reserved Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London, 2022

Major support for Frank Bowling: The New York Years 1966–1975 is provided by Diana Nelson and John Atwater.

Additional support is provided by Alka and Ravin Agrawal.