Addison/Ripley Fine Art Presents Tom Green Of This World

By Editorial Team on October 15, 2019

Sat, 19 October 2019 - Sat, 30 November 2019

Tom Green, Anamist, 1993, acrylic on canvas, 77 x 72 inches. Courtesy of Addison/Ripley Fine Art.
Reception: Saturday, October 19 from 5pm to 7pm

Coffee & Conversation: Saturday, November 23 at 11am

Addison/Ripley Fine Art is very pleased to present this exhibition of Tom Green’s work, drawn from paintings made as early as 1971 through the time of his death in 2012. Encompassing four bodies of interconnected visual explorations, it is little more than a sampler of a prodigious body of work. Tom was considered a leading artist of his generation and an empathic teacher. Much of his work is based on his keen observations of nature and his willingness to connect the sketches in his ever present notebooks to unplanned peregrinations on paper, board and canvas. As an artist, he was unafraid of scale. His intimate watercolors and his larger canvases, both exhibited here, are equally persuasive.

The Biomorphics, the Glyphs, the Black and Whites, and the Narratives are the four series we have focused on for this exhibition. However, there is a great deal of bleed. The artist, for instance, in the Narratives borrows from each of the previous three series. As exhibition writer and curatorial collaborator Sarah Tanguy writes: ” As a whole, the selection chronicles the artist’s inner and outer journeys, the systematic development of an idiosyncratic language, and its expressive realization across different formats and scales.”

Tom Green made his own graphic, elemental language in the Glyphs, his own architecture and armature in the Black and Whites, a hybridized fermentation of much of his work in the Narratives and his own landscape oriented cosmos in the Biomorphics. He improvised with bold splashes of paint and color but, at the same time developed his own careful processes.

“While hints of contemporaries Philip Guston and William Wiley and forerunners Vassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse and Jackson Pollack are visible in his work, Green was an innovator rooted in the present. Like so many of his fellow D.C. artists, he chose the path of speculative symbolism over the formal abstraction of the Washington Color School.” Sarah Tanguy 2019

The artist’s work has been in dozens of individual and group shows, including being featured at the Guggenheim Museum in 1981 and the Whitney Biennial in 1975. Most recently, Tom Green was the subject of a one person exhibit at the Katzen Museum at American University in Washington, DC.

The gallery is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue NW. For further information, visit or contact gallery director, Ms. Romy Silverstein, at 202.338.5180.