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Mehring / Wellspring

The Early Color Field Paintings of Howard Mehring

January 18 through March 12, 2017


Joseph Shannon, Portrait of Howard Mehring

Joseph Shannon, Portrait of Howard Mehring, 1979.
Oil on canvas, 9 x 8 in.
Courtesy of Paul Richard.


Howard Mehring, Amarillo

Howard Mehring, Amarillo, 1958.
Acrylic on canvas.
Courtesy of Kent Karlock.


Exhibition Description

Mehring / Wellspring: The Early Color Field Paintings of Howard Mehring presents a survey sample of the early Color Field paintings of Howard Mehring (1931-1978). Building on the late 1950s breakthrough stain paintings of Morris Louis and Ken Noland, Mehring was prominent amongst the artists of the loosely-defined Washington Color School. These initial Color Field pictures were made of continuous area of dappled zones of subtle colors; in the mid-1960, he changed his abstract style to one of geometric patterns using bolder colors, and by the end of the decade, Mehring had quit painting, and died prematurely in 1978 at age 47.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with a guest essay by art historian E. A. Carmean, Jr.

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January 28, 6-9 pm: Opening Reception

Free and open to the public.