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THOMAS DOWNING

1928-1985
Born Suffolk, Virginia.


EDUCATION:

1948 BA, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA
1950 MFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2007

Origin of the Dot, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington DC

1994
Selected Paintings: 1971-1975, Addison/Ripley Gallery, Ltd., Washington, DC

1989

Tom Downing: 1965-1970, Addison Ripley Gallery, Ltd., Washington, DC

1985

Harm Bouckaert Gallery, New York, NY

Addison/Ripley Gallery, Ltd., Washington, DC

Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

1982

Salander O'Reilly Gallery New York, N

1980

Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC

1979

Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC

1975

Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Houston, TX

Pyramid Gallery Ltd., Washington, DC

1973

La Galerie Arnaud, Paris, France

1972

Pyramid Gallery Ltd., Washington, DC

1970

Pyramid Gallery Ltd., Washington, DC

1968

La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA

Thomas Downing Paintings 1962-1968, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY

Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1967

Henri Gallery, Washington, DC

Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1966

Thomas Downing: Recent Paintings, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1965

Stable Gallery, New York, NY

1963

Stable Gallery, New York, NY

1962

Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1961

Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, DC

1960

Origo Gallery, Washington, DC

1959

Sculptors Studio, Washington, DC



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007

OPTIC NERVE: Perceptual Art of the 1960s, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

1990

Washington Color: The First Generation Painters, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

1980

Washington Color Painters, Fendrick Gallery, Washington, DC

Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC

1975

Modern Painting: 1900 to the Present, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Houston, TX

1974

Selections from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1970

Color Field Painting, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

20 Years of Washington Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Ten Washington Artists: 1950-1970, The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Canada

The Vincent Melzac Collection: Modernist American Art featuring New York Abstract Expressionism and Washington Color Painting, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1967

Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1966

Sculpture and Painting Today (selections from the collection of Susan Morse Hilles), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

The 161st Annual Exhibition of American Painting, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Harry N. Abrams Family Collection, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

Systemic Painting, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

The Hard Edge Trend, National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, DC

Past and Present: 250 Years of American Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

30th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1965

The Washington Color Painters, Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, DC; traveling to the University Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

1 + 1 = 3, University Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

A Contemporary Collection of Painting and Sculpture (from the collection of Eleanor Ward), Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT

The Responsive Eye. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Colorists 1950-1965, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

1964

Nine American Painters. Pan American Union, Washington, D.C

Post Painterly Abstraction, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1963

28th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

New Experiments in Art, Decordova Museum of Art, Lincoln, MA


SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art Center, Inc., Coral Gables, FL
Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond, VA.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA.
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA.
Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City OK.
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA.
Sunrise Museums, Charleston, WV.
The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO.
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC.
George Washington University Collection, Washington, DC.
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Stanford University Museum and Art Gallery, Stanford, CA.
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE.
Dimock Gallery, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
University of the District of Columbia Collection, Washington, DC.
Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC.
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD.
University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.
Georgetown University Collection, Washington, DC.
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA.



SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Alloway, Lawrence. "Background to Systemic," ARTnews [Vol. 65,October 1966]: 31.
Alloway, Lawrence. "Systemic Painting," New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1966.
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"Art: Neck & Neck," Time [Vol. 90, December 22,1967]: 46.
"Art in Washington," Washington, D.C.: Washington Gallery of Modern Art, 1968.
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Baro, Gene. "Washington and Detroit," Studio International [Vol.174, July,-August 1967]: 50-51.
Bourdon, David. "Washington Letter," Art International [Vol.17, February 1973]: 22.
Campbell, Lawrence. "Reviews and Previews: Thomas W. Downing," ARTnews [Vol. 66, Summer
1967 ): 14.
"The Collection of Vincent Melzac," Washington, D.C.: American University, 1957 [cat.]
"Colorists 1950-1965," San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Art, 1965 [cat.]
"Colors of Confidence," The Washington Post [April 12, 1980]: C7.
Coplans, John. "Post Painterly Abstraction," Art Internationl [Vol 8, Summer 1964]: 5-9.
"Downing Back Home: 'New Art' Comes Full Circle," The Washington Post [March 10, 1979]: B1 & 3.
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