Frank Bowling (b.1934), Flogging the Dead Donkey, 2020. Acrylic and acrylic gel on canvas with marouflage, 102.5 x 185.5 x 5 cm.(40 3/8 x 73 x 2 in). (c)Frank Bowling, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth, Photo Thomas Barratt
The last time this column looked at the art of Frank Bowling, this prodigious painter, was on June 29, 2019, when David Evison, the British sculptor, reviewed his memorable retrospective at Tate/Britain. Since that time, Queen Elizabeth has knighted him, and as "Sir Frank" he has graduated from the relative obscurity of the Hales gallery to the big leagues of Hauser & Wirth.
His new gallery is honoring him with two shows -- both titled "Frank Bowling – London/New York." The London one is at its Savile Row space and closes on July 31, while the New York one is at its Chelsea space and closes on July 30.
I only review shows that I can see, so I must confine my remarks to the New York show. However, I am delighted to be able to welcome to this website a review of Bowling's London show by Evison..
Herewith is the report from Evison on the London show of Bowling:
"Hauser & Wirth is situated on the ground floor of a new Savile Row building and has direct access from the street. On entering, one is confronted by a 9 ft. x 6 ft. painting and the desk is situated to the right of it. Hung high above it is a medium sized painting which is a masterpiece. It is called, "Flogging the Dead Donkey." Read More