Frank Bowling at
Hauser & Wirth

New York, 05 May 2021
Frank Bowling, Polish Rebecca (1971). Acrylic paint and spray paint on canvas. 277 x 359 cm. © Frank Bowling. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. ⁠⁠
Frank Bowling, Polish Rebecca (1971) (detail). Acrylic paint and spray paint on canvas. 277 x 359 cm. © Frank Bowling. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. ⁠⁠

Hidden for 42 years in an attic outside of London, Frank Bowling's uncovered 1971 work Polish Rebecca is on show as part of his inaugural exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, which opened on 5 May in New York and will open on 21 May in London. ⁠⁠

Featuring a large-scale stencilled map of South America and Africa, Polish Rebecca is a gleaming example of Bowling's 'Map Paintings' (1967–1971), an iconic series of works which marked his transition into pure abstraction, through the staining and pouring of acrylic paint onto silk screened images. ⁠⁠

Featuring works from 1967 to the present day, Frank Bowling – London / New York is a wonderful display of Frank Bowling's extraordinary engagement with the materiality of paint, which has guided his search for abstraction throughout his 50-year career. ⁠⁠


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