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Alma Thomas

, New York City | Arts & Culture

A barrier-breaking pioneer (she was the first African-American woman to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art), Alma Thomas didn’t have an opportunity to paint full-time until she was 69, following a long career as a junior high school art teacher. This much-deserved show charts her evolution through some 50 paintings over 20 years, from earlier figurative works to a range of abstract experiments with color, pattern and movement that still remained deeply rooted in the natural world. In the decades she was painting, Alma Thomas moved through different visual stages;  though her representational pieces are both engaging and compelling, the artist’s abstract period is nothing short of astonishing. Thomas’s keen eye heightened the beauty of things—a sunrise, flowers, winter-soaked leaves— by transforming them, mosaic-like, into fractured patterns of dazzling color. This exhibition showcases the painter’s work from the 1950s to her death in 1978. In that period, this groundbreaking African-American artist pushed painting forward and produced some of the most spellbinding works of her era. For more information, visit studiomuseum.org. Image: studiomuseum.org Source: nycgo.com


Event Details

    July 14, 2016 - Oct. 30, 2016
    01:00 AM - 11:00 PM