THOMAS DOWNING | UNTITLED
1928 - 1985
acrylic on unprimed canvas
Canvas: 96 by 88¾ in. (243.8 by 225.4 cm)
Executed circa 1959.
Please note that this work will be exhibited at Allan Stone Projects. Purchased items will be available for collection at Crozier Fine Arts, 1 Star Ledger Plaza, Newark, NJ as of Thursday, December 13th.
This work is in good condition overall. The canvas has been re-stretched. There is yellowing to the unprimed canvas. There is minor wear to the turning edges, including some oxidation where old staples were used in the original stretching. There is a minor loss to the canvas at the lower right corner of the turning edge, visible upon close inspection. There is minor oil staining around certain passages, inherent to the medium and visible upon close inspection. There are minor pinpoint accretions throughout, visible upon close inspection. Under ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. Unframed.
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With his best known motif of stained repetitive circles often in geometric patterns on unprimed canvas, Downing epitomized the Washington Color Field Movement, spearheaded by Kenneth Noland in the 1950s and 1960s and including such artist as Sam Gilliam, Anne Truitt and Alma Thomas. Downing exhibited widely in New York—he mounted solo exhibitions at Allan Stone Gallery in 1962, '67 and '68—Washington D.C., and Massachusetts. His work is in numerous public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.