Schedule: Tue - Sat 10 am - 6 pm | Sun - Mon closed
Tickets: Free admission
Location: Hauser & Wirth
Address: 23 Savile Row, London W1S 2ET
A prodigious career, spanning 60 years, from one side of the Atlantic to the other. Just like the double exhibition in the halls of the Hauser & Wirth, London/New York, which pays homage to Frank Bowling, the artist that pushed the limits of abstract art. The exhibition, held in the two cities simultaneously, celebrates the life and work of Bowling between the United Kingdom and the United States, from his arrival in London in 1953, his degree from the Royal College of Art in 1962, and his active participation in the art scenes of London and New York, with studies undertaken in both. While London was the city where Bowling was trained as a painter, New York was the magnate of energy which drew him in at the height of the Civil Rights movement, a city with fresh ideas for an artist seeking out new ways to paint. The heritage of British landscape painting intertwines, in his work, with American abstract expressionism, while his exploration of light, colour and geometry reflect the influences of the Thames and the East River. Sometimes, he would begin a work in one city and finish it in the other, blending the atmospheres of both in his work. His paintings are a celebration of his life in various colours, differing light, a meeting of thick strokes, acrylic gels, collages and knitted canvases infused with the education he received in Guyana and his continuous journeys between London and New York. The most recent works on display in the London headquarters of Hauser & Wirth include May Shimmer (2018), a canvas with pink tones surrounded by brilliant yellow, made even more visually dynamic by the light refracted in pieces of straw mixed into the paint.
For her first, important monographic exhibition in Great Britain, the artist from Los Angeles has chosen paintings and drawings of rare expressiveness. Up close, her woman’s queer cisgender body, daughter of a white mother and a black father, a multifaceted and futuristic outlook.