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A detail of Frank Bowling's monumental 1971 painting "Dog Daze" in Okwui Enwezor's exhibition of Bowling's work now on view at the Haus der Kunst #FrankBowlingHDK #MappaMundi #OkwuiEnwezor

Kirschner at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich

Pablo Picasso "Dora Mara" 1941 detail at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich

I first came to know the great artist Frank Bowling through his writing when I was an art history student @smithcollege. I read his 1969 "Discussion of Black Art" and many of his other writings in the bound volumes of Arts magazine in the Hillyer Art Library in the late 1980s almost 20 years after he wrote these words. Read them again yesterday as I have many times over the intervening years , in the excellent exhibition of Bowling's work "Mappa Mundi" curated by Okwui Enwezor at @haus_der_kunst Munich. Still resonant. The first paragraph .." The art scene is full of things that everyone knows about; grapevine truths that people carry around [rather in the manner of beasts of burden] like guilty secrets. "Guilty" because, although everyone is free to air these general truths, they are only tempted to do so under duress or in instances of extreme passion – offensively or defensively. One of these guilty secrets is the neglect of the black artist. By a rare piece of luck [perhaps it's an historical imperative] we have had a spate of black shows: individual, collective, old, new. But it is neither possible nor desirable to separate this sudden appearance of black shows from the extant political mood. And since art and politics are, in this case, inseparable, there is no better time than now to create standards." Frank Bowling Arts Magazine April 1969 #FrankBowlingHDK #OkwuiEnwezor #blackarthistory

Okwui Enwezor. Director. Haus der Kunst, Munich after walking me through his extraordinary Frank Bowling exhibition "Mappa Mundi". #OkwuiEnwezor #FrankBowlingHDK #MappaMundi

It was a thrill to see the amazing Frank Bowling exhibition "Mappa Mundi" at the Haus Der Kunst in Munich curated by Okwui Enwezor. #FrankBowlingHDK #MappaMundi #OkwuiEnwezor

Alice Neel's 1979 portrait of pioneering artist Faith Ringgold in "Soul of A Nation" at Tate Modern #AliceNeel #FaithRinggold #SoulofaNation @hilton.als @zoe.whitley @markgodfrey1973

A moment of Martine Syms' brilliant video installation Lessons I-LXXV 2015-2017 in the New Generations Art Prize exhibition in Venice. #MartineSyms #StudioMuseumGoesGlobal

Hilton Als outside the Victoria Miro Gallery in Venice on Saturday evening during the opening of a jewel of an exhibition "Alice Neel, Uptown" he curated in dialogue with the of the exhibition of the same title now on view in London after being presented at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. @hilton.als @victoriamirogallery #AliceNeel #StudioMuseumGoesGlobal

Duro at the Accademia after seeing the "Phillip Guston and the Poets" exhibition again.

The fireworks last night for the Festa del Redentore on the Grand Canal in Venice #StudioMuseumGoesGlobal

Our Studio Museum group with Mark Bradford yesterday after an amazing tour with Mark of his exhibition "Tomorrow is Another Day" in the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale #MarkBradford #TomorrowIsAnotherDay #VeniceBiennale2017 #StudioMuseumGoesGlobal @studiomuseum

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