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African-American Abstraction/Washington Color School
Accession Number
Vincent Melzac, Arlington, Virginia, to 14 October 1976
Gift of Vincent Melzac, 1976
Exhibition History
FORT WAYNE MUSEUM OF ART, Indiana. "Alma W. Thomas: A Retrospective of the Paintings," 11 September-8 November 1998. Tour: TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART, 22 January-21 March 1999; NEW JERSEY STATE MUSEUM, Trenton, 16 April-13 June; ANACOSTIA MUSEUM, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 16 July-12 September; COLUMBUS MUSEUM, Ohio, 17 October-9 January 2000.
KATONAH MUSEUM OF ART, New York. "Constellations: Jazz and Visual Improvisations," 21 January-15 April 2001.
MNUCHIN GALLERY, New York. "Alma Thomas: Resurrection," 10 September-19 October 2019, color ill.
Published References
COTTER, HOLLAND. "White House Art: Colors from a World of Black and White," New York Times (10 October 2009), online edition.
CEMBALEST, ROBIN. "Critics Nix Obamas' Pic Mix," ARTnews (November 2009), online edition.
Credit Line
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Vincent Melzac, 1976
Alma Thomas, American, b. Columbus, Georgia, 1891–1978
Acrylic on canvas
47 5/8 × 44 1/4 in. (120.9 × 112.1 cm)
Data Source
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