Mnuchin Gallery is proud to announce Alma Thomas: Resurrection, curated by Sukanya Rajaratnam. The exhibition will survey Thomas’s singular career, featuring paintings and works on paper from 1959 through 1976. It will be Thomas’s first solo exhibition on the Upper East Side since her 1976 show at Martha Jackson Gallery, and will be among her largest solo exhibitions to date. On view from September 10 through October 19, 2019, it will open with a public reception Tuesday, September 10 from 5-7pm. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and comprises loans from private collections as well as institutions. Institutional lenders include George Washington University, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Howard University, the Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places Trust, and the Tampa Museum of Art.
By: Rebecca Allan
Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1975 album, “That’s the Way of the World,” sits beside a stereo speaker, atop an antique English mahogany pier table, beneath Alma Thomas’s, Skylight, 1973, an abstract painting in sapphire blue hues. This painting (pictured in an Architectural Digest photograph) had been chosen by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009 for the private spaces of the White House. Today, Alma Thomas: Resurrection, on view at Mnuchin Gallery in New York, takes its title from another painting with a White House association. Acquired in 2014 and hung in the Old Family Dining Room, Resurrection was the first work of art by an African-American woman to enter the collection.
By Noor Brara
“From One Woman to Another,” a five-part series co-produced by artnet News and Mark Cross, features intimate, candid conversations between eminent women at the pinnacle of the art industry and a mentor or protégé of their choosing, paired with original photography by David Lipman.
In the first installment of the series, artnet News’s Noor Brara interviewed art dealer Sukanya Rajaratnam about the late artist Alma Thomas, whose writings and work have guided Rajaratnam in her life and career.
New York Times
By: Jillian Steinhauer
Alma Thomas’s multihued abstract paintings are so vibrant and human, it’s hard not to get from them an infectious joy. But upon seeing her exhibition, “Resurrection,” at Mnuchin Gallery, I was struck by a duality of sorts: It’s both a perfect and an anachronistic moment for her work.
Time Out New York
Considering that Thomas (1891–1978) didn’t seriously start painting until she was 69, she had an astonishingly late-blooming career. Se took up the brush after retiring from a lifetime of teaching art in High School in Washington D.C., and in a relatively short period of time, became a key figure in the Washington Color School, arguably the only serious postwar group of artists to come out of the Nation’s Capital.
Reviewing the Studio Museum in Harlem's powerful, yet disappointingly small exhibition of Alma Thomas's work in 2016, Ken Johnson wrote in the New York Times that "A full-scale New York retrospective of Ms. Thomas’s oeuvre is long overdue. Someone with the space and resources should get on it." Three years later, Sukanya Rajaratnam has answered that challenge with the recently opened, bewitchingly-installed, and widely-encompassing show, 'Alma Thomas: Resurrection' at Mnuchin Gallerywhere she is a partner.
By Katherine Keener
In 2015, the White House acquired a painting by Alma Thomas entitled Resurrection (1966). The painting, which features concentric circles of bright colours in Thomas’ signature fashion, will soon share its name with an exhibition at the blue-chip Mnuchin Gallery in New York. In just a week, the gallery will open ‘Alma Thomas: Resurrection,’ which stands to be one of the largest solo exhibitions of works by the Thomas.
By Claire Selvin
Alma Thomas, the restlessly inventive painter of vibrant abstractions, will be the subject of a major survey at the blue-chip Mnuchin Gallery in New York. Titled “Alma Thomas: Resurrection” and curated by Sukanya Rajaratnam, a partner at the gallery, it will be among the largest solo presentations of Thomas’s work to date.
The show opens September 10 and runs through October 19, and will feature 35 paintings and works on paper by the artist, on loan from private collections and institutions such as George Washington University, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she long lived and worked.