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Frank Bowling

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1988
Year published: 1988

image of Frank Bowling

Slim but immensely important catalogue for a Frank Bowling exhibition that toured to venues in England and Ireland in the late 1980s.

Castlefield Gallery was the first venue for this Frank Bowling exhibition that subsequently travelled to The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland (September 1988), The Senate House, University of Liverpool (October 1988), and the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (Spring 1989). The Castlefield Gallery’s dates were 10 June - 23 July 1988. Only approximate dates/time periods were listed in a note stapled onto the inside back cover of the small accompanying catalogue.

Unusually, the exhibition featured examples of Bowling lesser-known sculptural pieces, made of welded steel, alongside his paintings produced in the mid to late 1980s. Christine Eccles provided an introduction to the catalogue. In it. she wrote, “The dramatic grandeur of these paintings is tamed by Bowling’s whimsical titles. ‘Bounce’ is called ‘Bounce’ because it does indeed bounce. ‘Sasha’s Green Bag’ is so called because his friend Denis de Caires’s four year old daughter stood by the work in progress and sought out the greens that matched her green handbag. There is a vein of light heartedness in Bowling’s approach to his work most evident in the scrap metal sculptures.”

Catalogue contents as follows:

Introduction, by Christine Eccles

Eight pages of plates, four of Bowling’s sculpture, four (in colour) of his paintings

Artist’s CV (over two pages)

List of exhibition tour venues and approximate dates/time periods listed in a note stapled onto the inside back catalogue cover.

Related people

»  (Sir) Frank Bowling OBE, RA

Born, 1935 - 1937 (probably 1936) in British Guiana (now Guyana) Caribbean/S. America

Related exhibitions

Related venues

»  Castlefield Gallery

Manchester, United Kingdom

»  Crawford Art Gallery

Cork, Ireland

»  Royal West of England Academy

Bristol, United Kingdom

»  Senate House, University of Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom