Watusi (Hard Edge)

1963

Alma Thomas, American, b. Columbus, Georgia, 1891–1978

Acrylic on canvas, 47 5/8 x 44 1/4 in. (120.9 x 112.1 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Vincent Melzac, 1976

Accession Number: 76.137

Provenance:
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.

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.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, African-American Abstraction/Washington Color School