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(1936 – 2003), USA

Mildred Thompson Biography

In a prolific career spanning over four decades, Mildred Thompson created paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures using a distinctly unique language of abstraction. Thompson's paintings and works on paper are characterised by energetic mark-making, profound understanding of colour, and complex compositions that absorb the viewer. She was interested in physics and astronomy and through her own interpretation, sought to visually represent scientific theories and systems that are invisible to the eye. Due to the racism and sexism she experienced in the United States, Thompson spent the majority of her career in Germany and France where she created many established bodies of work and exhibited widely. Thompson's work has received increasing institutional attention in recent years as understandings of abstraction shift to become more inclusive to women artists of colour.

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Thompson's work was recently featured in the group exhibition Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, which travelled from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, and Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2016, the solo exhibition Mildred Thompson: Resonance, Selected Works from the 1990s was presented at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia. Thompson's work can be found in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., among other institutions.

Thompson was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1936, and died in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2003. The Mildred Thompson Estate is curated by Melissa Messina.

Text courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. New York.

Mildred Thompson Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Mildred Thompson contemporary artwork
Mildred ThompsonUntitled, 2003Pastel on paper
11.9 x 9 inches
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Untitled (No #I) by Mildred Thompson contemporary artwork
Mildred ThompsonUntitled (No #I), 1973Silkscreen print on paper
24.1 x 17.1 inches
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Untitled (No #III) by Mildred Thompson contemporary artwork
Mildred ThompsonUntitled (No #III), 1973Silkscreen print on paper
24.1 x 16.9 inches
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Advancing Impulses by Mildred Thompson contemporary artwork
Mildred ThompsonAdvancing Impulses, 1997Oil on vinyl
127 x 127 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Wood Picture by Mildred Thompson contemporary artwork
Mildred ThompsonWood Picture, c. 1960sFound wood and metal
102.4 x 87 x 2.9 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Wood Picture by Mildred Thompson contemporary artwork
Mildred ThompsonWood Picture, c. 1967Found wood, nails, and metal plates
52.1 x 34.6 x 2.9 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Wood Picture by Mildred Thompson contemporary artwork
Mildred ThompsonWood Picture, c. 1964Found wood, nails, and paint
43.8 x 55.6 x 4.4 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery
Magnetic Fields by Mildred Thompson contemporary artwork
Mildred ThompsonMagnetic Fields, 1990Oil on canvas
179.1 x 381 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York Contact Gallery

Mildred Thompson Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, RED at Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, New York
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10 April–8 May 2020 Group Exhibition RED Galerie Lelong & Co. New YorkOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Surface Work at Victoria Miro, London
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11 April–19 May 2018 Group Exhibition Surface Work Victoria MiroWharf Road, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Surface Work at Victoria Miro, London
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11 April–16 June 2018 Group Exhibition Surface Work Victoria MiroMayfair, London

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Mildred Thompson In Ocula Magazine

The Lowdown: shows to see during Armory Week Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Armory Week By Robert Ayers, New York

Seasoned visitors to New York City's Armory Show (8–11 March 2018) know that the fair is really just the weekend-long cherry on top of the splendid sundae that is the New York art scene and all it has to offer. With so much else to see, here's the lowdown on some of the city's current standout shows. Songs for Sabotage New Museum 13...

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Mildred Thompson In Related Press

Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show Related Press Surface Work review – women abstract artists dazzle in historic show 15 April 2018, The Guardian

There are certain shows that change one's sense of art. Surface Work is one of them. Spread across two sites, it is nothing less than an anthology of abstract painting spanning an entire century, from early constructivism to post-digital sampling, in which every work holds its own and every work is by a woman. This is a rare and historic event....

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