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Caroline Thomson 1945 –
Birth: 1945, Takapuna, New Zealand
Lived/Active: New York, Provincetown Mass
[image of artist]: Frankie B. Rice
Know for: Drawing, oil painting, installations.
Caroline Thomson, a conceptual artist, was born on the North Island of New Zealand in 1945. She lives and works in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York City. Thomson’s work includes pen/ink, mixed media drawings, oil paintings, installations of found objects such as animal and human skulls, with carved tattoos, white porcelain heads, exhibited in crystal containers. Her many photographic collaborations include, David Armstrong and Nan Goldin’s ‘A Double Life;’ Gilles Larrain, ‘Idols;’ Ettore Sottsass, ‘Domus Magazine; `1968’ ‘A Critical Biography,’ Barbara Radice and E. Sottsass, 1993. Carol Beckwith, Gianfranco Mantegna, Jack Pierson.
1964. Broadcast for BBC. Photograph, article, front pate, London Daily Mail, ‘Folk Singer with a Big Voice.’ 1965, ‘The Observer (London)’ January, ‘Positano People,’ John Berry.
A documentary film featuring the artist, directed and co-produced by Sheldon and Diane Rochlin (Flame Schon), London, 1967. Shown internationally, including the Whitney Museum, 1975.
Reviews noting Thomson’s work:
‘Provincetown Reunion’ with David Armstrong, 1997: Art New England.
Provincetown Arts Magazine, 1994-5-6.
Roberta Smith, ‘Art in Review,’ NY Times, July 7, 2006, ‘THE NAME OF THIS SHOW IS NOT: GAY ART NOW,’ Invitational group show, curated by Jack Pierson, Paul Kasmin Gallery, June 8-July 14, 2006: "...Caroline Thom(p)son evoking (stylistically) the great Florine Stettheimer,..."
Ettore Sottsass, Jack Pierson, Lucio Fontana, Lily Harmon Hirshhorn, Salvador Dali, Ms. Zona Wale, Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
PAAM: Provincetown Art Association and Museum, permanent collection; Commercial St., Provincetown MA. 02657
Positano Art Workshop, 1968; group show, ‘Portraits of Edna’ – installation with own music.
One woman shows – Eye of Horus Gallery, Provincetown, 1990-3.
Hell Town Salon, 1994, One woman show, ‘They all fell down.’
Bangs Street Gallery, 1995-99.
Two person exhibition David Armstrong/Caroline Thomson, ‘Provincetown Reunion,’ 1 August, 1997. David Armstrong//Jack Pierson//Caroline Thomson, ‘Heads,’ August 2000. David Armstrong//Caroline Thomson,’ Provincetown of the Mind,’ 2001.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 1999, selections from permanent collection, juried exhibition. Provincetown Art Association & Mus., 1989 – 97, invitational exhibitions. Bangs Street Gallery, Provincetown Mass.,
Artforum, 1993-4-5-9, 2000, -01.
Art In America, 2000.
Tema Celeste, 2002
Art New England 1994, 96,97.
Provincetown Arts Magazine, 1993-4-5, 2000, -01.
First Provincetown Film Festival, Magazine,1999:painting, ‘Dark End of the Street,’ Bangs Street Gallery.
Provincetown Art Associatin and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Susan DePalo, agent.