With two stellar retrospectives, one time-based installation, and several commissions by local artists, the Phillips Collection has dedicated its galleries to highlighting abstract work by Black artists.
Thomas was a major artist who in her lifetime was unjustly denied the acclaim she merited. This show is a brave beginning.
Can non-representational art reflect social change?
I fear that the visual culture in which these works were admired is now one of those distant “you had to be there” moments, which are impossible to reconstruct.
When an exhibition is as puzzling as this one, it’s useful to step aside and reflect.
Amid the big, blue chip baubles, there are flickers of truly powerful and personal work at the latest edition of the vast Armory Show art fair.
Alma Thomas was the sole black female artist in what became known as the Washington Color School, and the current exhibition reveals some of the complexity of her art.
We should all be inspired by Alma Thomas’s optimism.
Since John Adams first took up residence there in 1800, the White House has been adorned with a relatively safe, traditional collection of art.
With America Is Hard to See, the exhibition inaugurating its luminous new Renzo Piano building, the Whitney has reclaimed its role among the city’s museums as the engine of the new.