Art

At 89, Painter Frank Bowling Is Still Pushing the Art of Landscape Painting Forward

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Portrait of Sir Frank Bowling sitting in his London studio.
Photography by Sacha Bowling and image courtesy of Frank Bowling Archive. © Frank Bowling
All rights reserved, DACS, London /ARS, New York 2023. 

To look at Frank Bowling’s paintings is to view history at the speed of light. His career so far has amounted to a 60-year investigation into the materiality of paint, rooted in an abstract yet exacting negotiation of land and legacy. The British-Guyanese painter is currently the subject of exhibitions in San Francisco and Los Angeles: “Frank Bowling: The New York Years” (through September 10), his first major U.S. survey in more than four decades, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and “Landscape” (through August 5), at Hauser & Wirth West Hollywood, which showcases 11 of Bowling’s recent forays into the theme of terrain. 

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