Frank Bowling, RA, O.B.E., Book Signing

Reception and book signing by the artist
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m.

For further information please contact:
Martha Campbell (

Frank Bowling monograph by Mel Gooding

"Frank Bowling," monograph by Mel Gooding

Spanierman Modern is pleased to announce that Frank Bowling, RA, O.B.E., will be at the gallery on October 4, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. to sign copies of the new monograph about his work by professor, art writer, critic, and curator, Mel Gooding. Published by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the 160-page book is lavishly illustrated and covers Bowling’s career to the resent. Addressing Bowling’s life, methods, and the poetic nature of his art, Gooding attests to the fact that Bowling is one of the finest artists to emerge from the artists’ circles of New York and London in recent decades. The book, entitled Frank Bowling, is available through the gallery for $45; New York residents, please add sales tax.

Frank Bowling - Oddysseus's Footfalls, 1982

Frank Bowling, "Oddysseus's Footfalls," 1982, acrylic on canvas, 93-1/4 x 70 inches

Frank Bowling has received and is continuing to receive an exceptional amount of  attention and acclaim. He is the first black artist in history to be elected to the Royal Academy, London, and he was honored in 2008 with the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for his service to art. This year, two important shows of Bowling’s work were held: in May, the Royal Academy, London, opened Journeyings, an exhibition of Bowling’s recent works on paper that closes October 23; from late August through early September, he was prominently featured in RCA Black, an exhibition held at the Royal College of Art Students Union, which was organized by the college in collaboration with the African and African Caribbean Design Diaspora. Next year, Bowling will be honored with more notable shows: his paintings will be included in a group exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, opening in April 2012, and his art will be on display at the Tate Gallery, London from April through November 2012. Spanierman Modern will hold an exhibition in April of Bowling’s new work to coincide with these two shows.

“With his recent flurry of exhibitions, Frank Bowling is taking London by storm,” began Stephanie Cotela Tanner in an article on Bowling posted in August on the website  For Tanner’s discussion of Bowling’s career, including an interview with him, visit

Frank Bowling at Royal Academy and Tate Britain

Frank Bowling - Old Altar Piece, 2010

Frank Bowling, "Old Altar Piece," 2010, acrylic on canvas, 44 x 31 inches

Frank Bowling’s Solo Exhibition at the Royal Academy
The Royal Academy in London presently has on view a solo exhibition of Frank Bowling’s work through October 23, 2011.  The exhibition will celebrate Bowling’s long career and highlight his contributions to the Abstract Expressionist and Color Field movements.  The opening also marks the fifth anniversary of Bowling’s election to the Royal Academy.

Frank Bowling Monograph
In addition, the Royal Academy of Art recently published a monograph, which honors Frank Bowling’s life and work.  Written by the renowned art critic Mel Gooding, the monograph launch coincided with the opening of Frank Bowling’s exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Bowling’s Display at Tate Britain
2012 sees even bigger developments in Frank Bowling’s career.  His work will be featured in a display at Tate Britain, curated by Courtney J. Martin.

Group Exhibition at Spanierman Gallery, LLC
This summer Spanierman Gallery, LLC will host the group exhibition Ten Modern and Contemporary Artists from June 16-July 16, 2011, featuring several paintings by Frank Bowling.  For more details, please contact Bethany Dobson,, (212) 832-0208.

Solo Bowling Exhibition at Spanierman Modern
Coinciding with the opening of Bowling’s Tate Britain exhibition, Spanierman Modern will host a solo exhibition in April 2012.  For more details, please contact Martha Campbell,, (212) 832-1400.

Frank Bowling is represented by Spanierman Modern
For further information please contact:
Martha Campbell  -  -  (212) 832-1400