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Frank Bowling

Suncrush, 1976

Frank Bowling included in Contemporary Art: Five Propositions at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA. 

The institution's press release follows: 

Museum collections are shaped over time by many people with individual perspectives. Through five thematic groupings, this exhibition seeks to rethink the stories that can be told with the MFA’s collection of contemporary art. The groupings address a range of topics, including artistic process, complex relationships between humans and the natural world, the body, materials, identity, and notions of utopia. Sidestepping traditional art historical narratives, the installation pinpoints certain strengths—and, in doing so, sometimes reveals the blind spots—of the MFA’s collection of contemporary art.

Works created as long ago as 1899 join those made as recently as 2019; many that have not been on view in years—or ever—are juxtaposed with recent acquisitions and key loans from private collections, as well as cornerstones of the Museum’s holdings. Highlights include a newly commissioned, site-specific installation by Lucy Dodd; recently acquired works by Simone Leigh, Julia Phillips, Odilon Redon, Vivian Suter, and Cecilia Vicuña; and rarely shown objects from the MFA’s holdings by pivotal yet under-recognized artists like Frank Bowling, Joan Brown, Georg Herold, and Bob Thompson.

Together, the five groupings explore some of many ways to think about the MFA’s collection of contemporary art in the present, and challenge us to consider new possibilities for its future growth and interpretation.

Contemporary Art: Five Propositions
October 26, 2019 – May 4, 2020
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Boston, MA