Bob Thompson

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This House Is Mine

Edited by Diana Tuite; With contributions by Kraig Blue, Adrienne L. Childs, Bridget R. Cooks, Robert Cozzolino, Crystal N. Feimster, Jacqueline Francis, Rashid Johnson, Adjoa Jones de Almeida, Monica Marino, Lowery Stokes Sims, and others

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A rich reconsideration of a short-lived but visionary voice in twentieth-century American painting and his enduring relevance

Bob Thompson (1937–1966) came to critical acclaim in the late 1950s for paintings of unparalleled figurative complexity and chromatic intensity. Thompson drew upon the Western art-historical canon to formulate a highly personal, expressive language. Tracing the African American artist’s prolific, yet tragically brief, transatlantic career, this volume examines Thompson’s outlier status and pays close attention to his sustained engagements with themes of community, visibility, and justice. As the contributors contextualize the artist’s ambitions and his unique creative process, they reposition Thompson as a predecessor to contemporary artists such as Kerry James Marshall and Kehinde Wiley. Featuring an array of artwork, and never-before-published poems and archival materials, this study situates Thompson’s extraordinary output within ongoing dialogues about the politics of representation. 

Diana Tuite is the Katz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Colby College Museum of Art. 


Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
(July 20, 2021–January 9, 2022)

Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
(February 10–May 15, 2022)

High Museum of Art, Atlanta
(June 18–September 11, 2022)

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
(October 9, 2022–January 8, 2023)

“The painter's short, incandescent career left a vapor trail across the sky of American Art. . . . Interest has been rising in his against-the-grain bravura painting.”—Boston Globe, "New England’s 10 Hottest Museum Shows" 

“Bob Thompson’s enigmatic vision continues to resonate for artists and art historians.”—Art Newspaper 
ISBN: 9780300253368
Publication Date: August 31, 2021
Publishing Partner: Published in association with Colby College Museum of Art
216 pages, 8 1/4 x 10 1/2
155 color + 10 b/w illus.
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