A whole room of this exhibition will be dedicated to Bowling’s poured paintings – large canvases that resemble psychedelic lava flows. Tate Britain’s celebration of his work will also include his map paintings, enormous canvases of hot, shimmering hues that give prominence to South America and Africa. He created these works at the height of the Civil Rights movement as a way to explore place, belonging and identity.
The entirety of Bowling’s extraordinary 60-year career, from his early focus on the figure to the sumptuous abstracts that he is best know for, will be included at Tate Britain’s exhibition. Remarkably, this will be his first major retrospective. Only recently has his work started to gain the public recognition it deserves and in 2005 he was elected to the Royal Academy, the first black artist to be admitted in the institution’s 200 year history.
At 85, Bowling continues to push the limits of what his materials can do, always trying, and inventing, new techniques. After a six-decade long career, he still manages to make abstract painting look fresh and edgy. His most recent works will cap off this vibrant exhibition and it will be well worth making the trip to Tate Britain to get acquainted with this restless master of paint.
|What||Frank Bowling, Tate Britain|
|Where||Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Pimlico (underground)|
31 May 19 – 26 Aug 19, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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