William L. Hawkins: An Imaginative Geography
Columbus Museum of Art
Feb. 16, 2023 - May. 20, 2018
William Hawkins bold and colorful work reflects a spectacular exuberance that echoes the artists own flamboyance. Drawn from important collections across the U.S. and Europe, this exhibition includes some sixty of Hawkins’ most important paintings. Though the Columbus, Ohio artist has long been at the forefront of self-taught 20th century artists, Hawkins has received less than his fair share of attention. With special emphasis on his use of play, collage practice, and work in series, An Imaginative Geography includes works that highlight Hawkins’ vigorous, swirling brushstrokes and sophisticated techniques such as scumbling. Organized by the Figge Art Museum in collaboration with Susan Mitchell Crawley, formerly Curator of Folk Art at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the exhibition will also travel to the Mingei International Museum.