Bethesda Fine Art



Washington Color School: 50 Years Later

Bethesda Fine Art presents an important selection of museum-quality works by icons of the Washington Color School. This show 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 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. 

The show offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with pieces by Gene Davis, Howard Mehring, Paul Reed, and Kenneth Young. These are paired with the work of other artists associated with the movement—Cynthia Bickley, Willem de Looper, Sam Gilliam, James Hilleary, Jacob Kainen, Dan Yellow Kuhne and Robert Goodnough. The carefully curated selection of works highlights the use of strong and brilliant color that was common to artists of the period.



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 the Washington City Paper (June 2, 2017): Late Artist Kenneth Young Is Finally Getting His Due


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.



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. 

 Gene Davis, Popsicle, 1969, acrylic on canvas, 68" x 66"







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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