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Frank Bowling at Tate Britain

Julia, 1975. Acrylic on canvas 92” x 47”. Tate Britain Drop, Roll, Slide, Drip … Frank Bowling’s Poured Paintings 1973-1978. Tate Focus Display April 30, 2012 - March 31, 2013.

Exhibition preview

A YEAR-long display of Frank Bowling’s pioneering abstract paintings, Drop, Roll, Slide, Drip … Frank Bowling’s Poured Paintings 1973-1978, will be on display at Tate Britain from April 30, 2012 to March 31, 2013.

In these innovative works, Bowling developed a technique of pouring paint onto canvases that were angled using pegs to tilt at varying degrees. The artist controlled the speed that the paint ran over the canvas with startling and spontaneous results.

These paintings also marked a new direction in Bowling’s career; away from figurative works, his map paintings, and colour-field works, to something entirely new.

Accompanying the Tate Britain display is a five minute loop showing excerpts from a soon-to-be-released film on Frank Bowling’s career Painting for Britain, directed by Rose Jones.

Courtney J. Martin, Display Curator, Tate Britain, said: “The poured paintings are, perhaps, Bowling’s most innovative series of works, showing his skill for experimentation and painterly nuance as an outgrowth of late twentieth-century abstraction.”

Opening Times: Saturday to Thursday 10am to 6pm, Friday 10am to 10pm.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

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