THOMAS DOWNING | Moon

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CONNERSMITH
THOMAS DOWNING
Moon, 1985
acrylic on paper
signed on reverse and dated 1985. Dedicated to Helen.
34.75 x 15 x 2 in. (framed)
30 x 10.5 in.

$12,500

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Artist Estate
Private Collection, Washington, DC

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Thomas Downing (1928 - 1985) was a prominent Washington DC Color painter who experimented with space and illusionism in colorful shaped canvases. Downing explored opticality and isometric projection in a series of “Planks,” paintings comprised of parallelograms arranged to give the illusion of projection and extension into space. Sam Gilliam identifies Downing as an influential figure in his career.

Downing’s works were featured in Clement Greenberg’s traveling exhibition Post-Painterly Abstraction (1964); The Responsive Eye (1965) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Systemic Painting (1966) at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. His works are in many permanent collections including: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA.
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