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Thomas Downing and the Sublime Decorative

, Katzen Museum 3rd Floor Exhibition

Updated 12/19/17

Downing’s distinctive geometrically organized canvases, executed during the height of the “Washington Color School,” that glorious moment in American painting born in Washington, DC in the late 1950s and 1960s, constitute a singular and important body of work in twentieth century art. With the perspective of hindsight, Downing’s elegant “circle/dot” compositions are seen to rival those of his great teacher, Morris Louis, and his better-known peer, Kenneth Noland. This presentation will give us an opportunity to rediscover, and savor, the gorgeous and challenging work of this artist whose reputation is undergoing a major revision.

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American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sharon Christiansen

202 885 1300

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