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Abstract painter Larry Poons to visit Toledo Museum of Art for Masters Series

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Larry Poons (American, b. 1937), Tantrum II, 1979, acrylic on canvas, 66 x 162 in, Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, Ohio), Purchased with funds from the Jamar Art Fund of Marvin and Lenore Kobacker and Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Gosman, by exchange, 2019.3 Image courtesy of Yares Art, NY.

One of the most important abstract painters of the past 50 years will take part in the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Masters Series Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Peristyle. The event is free to the public.

Artist Larry Poons will discuss his work, his evolving career, and the contemporary art market in a conversation with Halona Norton-Westbrook, TMA’s director of curatorial affairs.

The pair will also reflect on the Museum’s recent acquisition of Tantrum II, the centerpiece of the exhibition “Everything is Rhythm:” Mid-Century Art & Music, the title of which is drawn from a quote by the artist. 

“TMA is fortunate to have such a wonderful example of Larry’s throw painting technique as part of the permanent collection,” said Norton-Westbrook. “And this Masters Series is a special opportunity for visitors to hear directly from the artist on how his technique evolved over time from tightly controlled, geometric studies in the 1960s to a decades-long exploration into large-scale canvases dominated by expressive color and movement.”

On Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater, a free screening of the 2018 HBO Emmy nominated documentary, The Price of Everything, which features Poons.  The Price of Everything examines the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society. The event is free to the public.

 Since 2011, the TMA Masters Series has brought world-renowned artists, scholars, musicians and other experts in their fields to share their knowledge and talents in the Museum’s Peristyle. The series is sponsored by the TMA Ambassadors.