Bethesda Fine Art




Bethesda Fine Art presents Exploring Abstraction, a selection of paintings and works on paper by more than a dozen artists that range from the carefully controlled color field "orbs" of Kenneth Victor Young to an important oil on canvas by Norman Bluhm (1959). Bluhm's tightly framed triptych features bold brushstrokes accented by drips in multiple layers. A large work by Michael Goldberg is an excellent example of his combination of thick areas of impasto and elegant flowing lines on layers of canvas.

A recent work (2010) by Sam Gilliam also involves collaged pieces of painted material. The heavy, durable paper is then die cut in some places and stitched together with thread in others. The show also includes distinguished works by Robert Goodnough, Howard Hodgkin, Andre Lanskoy, Kyle Morris, Robert Rauschenburg, Rolph Scarlett, Theodoros Stamos, and Rudolph Weisenborn. Thoughtfully exhibited together with balance of scale, color, and visual resonance, these works offer viewers an exceptional eight-decade tour of abstract art.



Bethesda Fine Art mentioned in the Montgomery County Section of The Washington Post (March 7, 2018)

Washington Color School Show gets reviewed in On Tap magazine (December 11, 2017)

Washington Color School show gets reviewed in The Washington Post (December 8, 2017)

A tribute to Kenneth Young in Washington City Paper (June 2, 2017): Late Artsit Kenneth Young is Finally Getting his Due


Four works by Kenneth Victor Young, Cynthia Bickely, and James Hilleary were included in the Corcoran exhibition, Full Circle: Hue and Saturation in the Washington Color School, on view June 14 through October 26, 2018

Several works by Kenneth Victor Young were included in The Langauge of Abstraction, a three-man show at UMUC, on view March 4 through June 24, 2018

We are proud to announce the installation of Kenneth Victor Young's Red Dance at the National Gallery of Art, East Building.

Young's work, along with Cynthia Bickley's painting, is now installed at the newly opened MGM Grand Resort & Casino in National Harbor.



Washington Color School: 50 Years Later

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. Artists: Cynthia Bickley, Gene Davis, Mark Dagley, Thomas Downing, Sam Gilliam, Robert Goodnough, James Hilleary, Jacob Kainen, Dan Yellow Khune, Willem de Looper, Howard Mehring, Paul Reed, and Kenneth Victor Young.

The Art of Kenneth Young: 1933-2017

For the first time, Bethesda Fine Art presents a retrospective of the late artist Kenneth Young. The show features the evolution of the artist’s paintings from the 1960s and '70s through the early 2000s. Works are shown from museum and individual collections, as well as the artist’s private collection.

Made in DC: Washington Color School and More

This show features works from the '60s and '70s by Gene Davis, Sam Gilliam, Cynthia Bickley, Kenneth Victor Young, and others.

Kenneth Victor Young: Washington Color School Artist Rediscovered

Bethesda Fine Art's exhibition Kenneth Victor Young: Washington Color School Rediscovered was on view November 15-December 20, 2014. It featured a retrospective of the artist’s paintings from the 1960s and '70s from museum and individual collections, as well as the artist’s private collection. 

Installation view of Exploring Abstraction

From left to right: Robert Goodnough, Process Development, 1972, oil and acrylic on canvas; Norman Bluhm, Inside the Muzzle, 1959, oil on canvas







Kenneth Victor Young, Red Dance, 1970, acrylic on canvas.

Below:  A children's class learns about color field painting through Young's work.


Below: Installation at National Gallery of Art

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