Frank Bowling: Map Paintings
Dallas Museum of Art
Frank Bowling: Map Paintings will highlight the DMA’s acquisition of its first painting by the seminal artist Frank Bowling, Marcia H Travels (1970), in an installation with four additional works from private collections presenting the entire selection of work from the artist’s influential “Map Paintings” series. Bowling, the Guyanese-born British painter, is widely celebrated for his contributions to the field of abstraction and his advocacy of black artists internationally, created a number of paintings in the 1970s characterized by his use of world maps as organizational tools to explore color as its own subject—a recurring theme in his work. Frank Bowling: Map Paintings will explore the development of the series and Bowling’s influences as he forged his artistic path. The exhibition also marks the first time in nearly 45 years that these works from the “Map Paintings” series will be on view since its debut at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1971.