An Experience of Color: Landscapes and Legacies

An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m.  

Spanierman Modern presents An Experience of Color: Landscapes and Legacies, an exhibition by New York-based independent curator Niama Safia Sandy. The show features seven artists, pairing the work of four modernists (Herbert Gentry, Norman Lewis, Sam Middleton, and Bob Thompson) with three contemporary artists (Kwesi Abbensetts, Frank Bowling and Morel Doucet), to crystallize the connection between 20th century abstraction with the modes and concerns of 21st century contemporary art making.

Kwesi Abbensetts’ vivid mixed media compositions stress Black experience and resilience in America through the eyes of a Caribbean expatriate; Frank Bowling practice integrates autobiography and postcolonial geopolitics into abstract compositions; Morel Doucet’s ceramics vision the aesthetic and environmental lives of the Caribbean; Herbert Gentry’s expressionist work draws from his life on two continents; Norman Lewis’s dark, rich abstractions explore kinetic movement in themes ranging from the mid-century music scene in Harlem to civil rights; Sam Middleton’s mixed media collages take inspiration from the jazz scene of the Harlem Renaissance and the topographies of Holland; Bob Thompson’s early bold, large-scale, gestural abstraction recalls the New England landscape.

Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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