Frank Bowling : Mappa Mundi - the exhibition catalogue from Haus der Kunst, Munich available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Frank Bowling : Mappa Mundi

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An in-depth exploration of Bowling's career with reproductions of many of his works as well as his writings and correspondence

Featuring numerous works and rarely seen large-scale paintings from Frank Bowling’s 60-year career, this book highlights the artist’s magnificent use of sensuous colour and rich texture in pictures that are at once absorbing and tactile. When they were first exhibited in the late 1960s, Frank Bowling's immense "map paintings" were widely celebrated for their vibrant colour and subtle modulation of the painted surface. These works, like many in Bowling's oeuvre, draw on the principle of mapping to create a kind of mental geography, woven throughout with personal and historic imagery. 

Accompanied by an extensive curatorial survey, art historical contributions, prose poem, biographical visual essay, as well as the collected writings and correspondence of the artist, this book accompanying an exhibition at the Haus der Kunst, offers an in-depth exploration of Bowling's career and aspects of his journey from his home in Guyana to London and New York. It also highlights references to the natural world and his use of classical and literary symbolism. 

  • Author: Okwui Enwezor, Director Haus der Kunst, Munich
  • Hardcover: 256 pages | 110 colour illustrations
  • Date published: June 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3791356587
  • Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 24.0 cm

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