No. 572: Frank Bowling’s Americas, Gordon Parks

Episode No. 572 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Reto Thüring and Lisa Volpe.

With Akili Tommasino, Thüring is the co-curator of “Frank Bowling’s America’s,” which opens at the MFA Boston this weekend. The exhibition work that the British Guiana–born Bowling made when he lived in New York from 1966-75 (at which point he returned to London, his previous home). The show features the often enormous paintings Bowling made in those years, and considers them within the context of his art criticism and curatorial projects. The exhibition is on view through April 9, 2023. The outstanding exhibition catalogue was published by the museum. Indiebound and Amazon offer it for $40-50.

Volpe discusses “Gordon Parks: Stokely Carmichael and Black Power,” which is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through January 16, 2023. The exhibition presents and considers pictures of Carmichael that Parks made for Life magazine in 1967. Also included in the show are footage of Carmichael’s speeches and interviews. Indiebound and Amazon offer the catalogue, a co-publication of Steidl, The Gordon Parks Foundation, and the MFAH, for $45-50.

Instagram: Lisa Volpe, Tyler Green.

Air date: October 20, 2022.

Frank Bowling, Night Journey, 1969-70.

Frank Bowling, Untitled (Mother’s House), 1966.

Frank Bowling, Mother’s House and Night Storm, 1967.

Frank Bowling, Suncrush, 1976.

Frank Bowling, Who’s Afraid of Barney Newman, 1968.

Frank Bowling, Mel Edwards Decides, 1969.

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