According to Gopnik the painting, Oriental Sunset was “casually made— just a bunch of haphazard red brush-strokes sitting on a yellow ground”.
Who is Blake Gopnik? critic-at-large for ArtNews, he spent a decade as Art Critic for the Washington Post and works for assorted publications critically reviewing ART. Despite his vast experience in art reviewing … Blake Gopnik can not effectively review ART outside of the white contemporary world because he lacks tabula rasa.
ta·bu·la ra·sa ˈtäbyo͝olə ˈräsə,ˈräzə/noun
1. an absence of preconceived ideas or predetermined goals; a clean slate. the human mind, especially at birth, viewed as having no innate ideas.
I don’t have to look at your work objectively, you are not suppose to be in my world so go back to your domestic life and take those women and all the masses with you – enough of this.
acrylic on canvas 40″ x 35″
Title: Unknown 1, 1977
watercolor and pencil on paper
31 x 40 inches
Acclaim for her work and person rose steadily through that decade, until her death in 1978.
In addition to the Whitney and Corcoran shows, Thomas’s work was exhibited nationally and internationally during her lifetime, including the35th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting
In addition to the Whitney and Corcoran shows, Thomas’s work was exhibited nationally and internationally during her lifetime, including the35th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting and at the White House.
Alma Thomas is represented in the holdings of such major museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Howard University Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, and Museum of Art (Georgia).
ALMA THOMAS …
OK for the moment, this is going to be laid to rest. We thank our members for their comments. Your responses brought to the table some very insightful points of view that need to be further explored and discussed.
Thank you. RM Crews, NRM / Do You Basel? for Black Art in America. (BAIA Archives: originally posted June 15/2015)