Oxbow

Bill Thompson

Location

Koch Building (Bldg. 68),
1st floor conference room

In his early work, Bill Thompson was engaged with pure painting and formalist concepts exemplified by artists such as Piet Mondrian. His later works are often three-dimensional wall installations composed of glossy, jewel-colored organic forms created with acrylic urethane on epoxy.

Oxbow, Thompson’s large-scale commission for MIT’s Koch Biology Building (Building 68) is constructed from four joined wooden panels. Reddish-brown and blue-gray painted shapes in varying shades create the illusion of a folded standing screen. Thompson’s twenty-two preliminary drawings for the Oxbow painting are on view in Building 68’s café.

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Date

1995

Artist

Bill Thompson

Date

1965

Type

Painting

Medium

Pumice in a polymer gel and acrylic paint on four birch plywood panels

Size

96 in. x 160 in. (243.84 cm x 406.4 cm)

Credit

Commissioned in honor of Boris & Adele Magasanik