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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Paul Richard to trace Color School origins

By Jacqueline Trescott

Thomas Downing's 1969 painting, Ring Three (Courtesy Corcoran Gallery of Art)

Paul Richard, who guided Washington Post readers through the city's museums and galleries for more than 40 years, is going to reminisce a bit Thursday night at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

One of the landmark movements in the city's art scene was the advent of the Washington Color School. Richard was there to chronicle its development and flourishing in the 1960s. He plans to look back in a lecture entitled "Color Painting's Pedigree" with not only the history of this unique school of painting but plently of stories about its leading artists: Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, Morris Louis, Howard Mehring, Kenneth Noland and Paul Reed.

The lecture starts at 7 p.m. and there is a $15 admission.

Afterwards, the audience can tour the Corcoran's show "Washington Color and Light." The show is up until March 6 and then returns June 25. The intervening time is set aside for the Corcoran College of Art + Design 's exhibition from the Class of 2011.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | February 22, 2011; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Washington exhibitions  | Tags:  Corcoran Gallery of Art, Gene Davis, Howard Mehring, Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis, Paul Reed, Paul Richard, Thomas Downing, Washington Color School  
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