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News About "Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful"

“Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful,” on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, through October 3, provides a comprehensive overview of her extraordinary career including 50 canvases spanning 1922-1977. Several of these works are little known or haven’t been on view for decades; many of her later paintings on display have never been exhibited.

Artist and educator Alma Thomas (1891–1978) lived a lifetime of firsts. Her long list of firsts continues this summer at the Chrysler Museum with her largest retrospective to date: Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful. This show marks the first time the Chrysler Museum has dedicated an entire exhibition of this scale to an African American woman artist.

A NEW FOUR-CITY traveling exhibition offers an expansive look at the life and work of Alma Thomas (1891-1978). Thomas is best known for her exuberant abstract paintings and the masterful use of color, pattern, and rhythm she employed to produce them. She was inspired by a panoply of interests, including nature, space, and even the 1963 March on Washington, which she attended.

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We have probably all said it: “That’s a Picassso,” or “That’s a Faith Ringgold.” But the work is not the artist and the artist is not the work. The work is the tip of the human iceberg, an artifact of a life as complex, conflicted and, at times, common as all the rest of ours.

The first Black woman to headline a solo show at the Whitney, the artist created abstract paintings, marionettes and more

The colorful works Thomas crafted in her Washington, D.C., kitchen earned her flowers in the world of creatives. Thomas was the first Black woman to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the 1970s in New York. The goal of a new exhibition at the Chrysler is to show the depth and breadth of Thomas’ life and work.


News About Alma W. Thomas