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Seeking Bob Thompson: Dialogue/Object

BOB THOMPSON, (1937-1966) - In 1957, the same year that Federal troops were called in to escort black students in Little Rock, Bob Thompson, an African American artist, was granted an Allen R. Hite Art Scholarship to study at the University of Louisville. In 1959 he left Louisville for New York where he quickly and steadily gained success. In his brief life, Thompson produced well over 1,000 works, many of them monumental in scale and ambition. Although Thompson has been the subject of many exhibitions across the country, including a major retrospective at the Whitney in 1998, he is still not well-known in his hometown of Louisville. Seeking Bob Thompson will reintroduce the city of Louisville to one of its brightest talents. This exhibition is presented as part of the University of Louisville Fine Arts Department 75th Anniversary Celebration.

  • Art Exhibit
When Oct 20, 2012 11:00 AM to
Nov 24, 2012 06:00 PM
Where Cressman Center for Visual Arts
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Contact Phone (502)852-0288
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Bob Thompson

Bob Thompson (1937-1966)

The Golden Ass, 1963

oil on canvas

62.5 x 74.5" signed and dated

Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY

Reception and Curator's Gallery Talk: Friday, November 2, 6-9pm, Cressman Center for Visual Arts, In conjunction with the First Friday Trolley Hop

"I paint many paintings that tell me slowly that I have something inside of me that is just bursting, twisting, sticking, and spilling over to get out...The monsters are present now on my canvas as in my dreams...I feel free- can you hear me free!"

-Bob Thompson

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