Bethesda Fine Art Presents Washington Color School: 50 Years Later

By Editorial Team on November 7, 2017

Sun, 05 November 2017 - Fri, 15 December 2017

Gene Davis, Popsicle, 1969. Courtesy of Bethesda Fine Art.
On view through December 15, 2017.

Bethesda Fine Art presents Washington Color School: 50 Years Later, on view through December 15, 2017. This important selection of museum-quality works by icons of the Washington Color School marks a half century after this group of painters first solidified Washington’s place in the national art scene. Their exhibition at the former Washington Gallery of Modern Art impressed critics and collectors alike and defined what is considered the city’s signature movement. Characterized by controlled, hard edge, and stain techniques, this loosely formed group moved away from the gestural pictures of their predecessors, the Abstract Expressionists.

The show offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with pieces by Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, Howard Mehring, Paul Reed and Kenneth Young. These are paired with the work of other artists associated with the movement—Cynthia Bickley, Willem de Looper, Sam Gilliam, James Hilleary, Jacob Kainen, Dan Yellow Kuhne and Robert Goodnough. The carefully curated selection of works highlights the use of strong and brilliant color that was common to artists of the period.

About the Gallery
Bethesda Fine Art is an intimate space in downtown Bethesda that showcases the work of Washington Color School artists. During the 1960s, this group of abstractionists brought the attention of the art world to Washington, DC with their bold, often large-scale works. The gallery’s extensive inventory allows for regular rotations of paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures by the best-known artists from DC, as well as other major abstractionists working at the time.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 12 to 3 pm
  • and by appointment

Bethesda Fine Art is located at 4931 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD. For more information, visit