Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The last few days of Frank Bowling exhibition at ROLLO Contemporary Art, London

Catch the last few days of the Frank Bowling exhibition at ROLLO Contemporary Art. One of the most significant abstract painters still alive is showing his paintings until 3rd September. Go see great painting like this..
Marcia H Travels, 1970, Acrylic on canvas 281 x 564 cm
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Collection, London (C) Rollo Contemporary Art

An artist of international standing, graduated from the Royal College of Art in the Sixties, hugely successful in the United States, where he still has a studio. Bowling has works in many European museums, the Metropolitan Museum, New York and the Tate in London, yet still not hugely known as, say Hodgkin (see earlier post), why is this? Why have the Tate not had a retrospective of Bowling's work?..

Take a look at this really engaging interview: Frank Bowling on YouTube

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

'Paintings for a real world': Alan Green@Museum Wiesbaden, Germany

Installation shot @ Annely Juda Fine Art 2008

Alan Green, one of England's most significant abstract painters who died in 2003, is having an exhibition at Wiesbaden Museum in Germany 'Paintings, Drawings & Prints' 6 June - 26 September 2010

Though still not known to the wider public as much as he should be, Green still has a vast body of work that maintains his position at the forefront of contemporary abstraction. He developed a number of approaches to painting, especially exploring an American 'colour-field' style of painting in the mid sixties at a time when British abstraction was in the ascendent yet remained insular in its outlook. Read his Obiturary here. His old gallery of Annely Juda Fine Art has done much to maintain his presence internationally:

' "For Alan Green abstract painting is the ultimate reality” Diane Waldman, Guggenheim Museum New York, 1980. Alan Green (1932 – 2003) wanted to create “ordinary paintings as ordinary as the real world”. This came from his belief that, in the second half of the 20th century, artists carried too much baggage to be able to experience “things”.

Green was one of the great British abstract artists whose formative years were spent in London in the 1960s. He was trained as an illustrator and graphic designer which freed him from the theoretical constraints of art history. In the mid 1960s he made field paintings (which were remarkably advanced for their time) – in which his colour and its application dictated the form. His paintings are deliberately non emotional and controlled.

Alan Green, Special exhibition, Museum Wiesbaden, Germany
This exhibition is the first since his death in 2003 and is the 12th solo exhibition at Annely Juda Fine Art. It includes 10 late paintings from 1991 to 2002 and 23 drawings. The paintings, some over three meters in length, explore concealment and transparency. Their texture and method of application (variously using multiple layers of his own paint mixed from raw pigment and applied with the use of stencils, combs and brushes) encourage the viewer to analyse tone, plane and colour but also to see the whole work as engaging and physical. It is, as Green himself said, as if the “painting can become like a symbol of a painting”. These later works are among the most important that Alan Green made over his long and successful career.'

Installation shot @ Annely Juda Fine Art 2008

Catalogues on Alan Green from Annely Juda Fine Art (Student price in brackets):

Alan Green Selected Works from 1991 to 2003 22 May – 18 July 2008 £10.00 (£6.00)
Alan Green Monoprints 1999 - 2000 Paintings 2001 - 2002 19 September - 19 October 2002 36 pages £10.00 (£6.00) 
Alan Green "New Paintings" 23 April - 23 May 1998 38 pages £8.00 (£5.00)