Thomas Downing, Fahrenheit, c. 1961
Acrylic on canvas, 901⁄2 x 87 inches
October 4 — December 1, 2007
Gary Snyder’s first year of programming will focus on Hard-Edge Abstraction circa 1955–1975. The first show features Thomas Downing (1928–1985), who with Kenneth Noland and Gene Davis established a “Washington School” known for combining the influence of Morris Louis’s staining of unprimed canvas with a new interest in geometry. Downing was in many of the seminal exhibitions of the 1960s, including Post Painterly Abstraction, LACMA 1964, The Responsive Eye, MOMA 1965, and Systemic Painting at the Guggenheim in 1966. His work was recently featured in the Optic Nerve exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art.