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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

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

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.


Related people

»  (Sir) Frank Bowling OBE, RA

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

Related exhibitions

Related venues

»  Spanierman Modern

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