Dusti Bongé

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Amanda Winstead Fine Art is excited to announce her exclusive agency with the Dusti Bongé Art Foundation. Located in Biloxi, MS, the DBAF has over 1,000 works of art by Mississippi’s most accomplished abstract artist. Amanda Winstead has inventoried, catalogued and appraised the entire collection of the DBAF, making her expert in the holdings of the DBAF and the work of Dusti Bongé.

Dusti Bongé (1903-1993) had a prolific artistic career that spanned over fifty-five years. Initially working in a modern style influenced by Cubism, Bongé experimented with Surrealism in the late 1930s and 1940s. By the mid-1950s, she was working fully in the vein of Abstract Expressionism. In 1946 the highly influential Betty Parsons Gallery opened in New York. Dusti forged a strong relationship with the prominent Abstract Expressionist dealer who would represent her for almost three decades, mounting several solo exhibitions of Bongé’s work which were critically very well received. Dusti traveled often to New York and was active in the art scene which was centered around the Betty Parsons Gallery. Among the many prominent artists in this circle, some became close friends, such as Mark Rothko and Theodoros Stamos.

While the aforementioned artists are familiar names, Dusti Bongé has fallen into relative obscurity compared to her world famous AbEx counterparts. Amanda Winstead Fine Art looks forward to reacquainting the world with this forgotten master of abstract painting. In recent years, there have been regional exhibitions of Bongé’s work at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, MS, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, MS and the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, AL. In addition to curating museum and gallery exhibitions of Bongé’s work in other venues and locales, Amanda Winstead Fine Art will have a select group of works available for sale. This is a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire her work. We invite your inquiry.

Dusti Bonge’s work is included in the following museum collections:

  • Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
  • The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC
  • Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS
  • Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
  • Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
  • Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
  • Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
  • Radford University Art Museum, Radford, VA
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, LA
  • University of Southern Mississippi Art Museum, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs, MS

Bibliography:

Black, Patti Carr, American Masters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast: George Ohr, Dusti Bongé, Walter Anderson, Richmond Barthe, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009.

Black, Patti Carr, Art in Mississippi 1720-1980, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1998.

Black, Patti Carr. The Mississippi Story. Ed. Robin C. Dietrick. Jackson: Mississippi Museum of Art, 2007.

Bongé, Dusti, Dusti Bongé: The Life of an Artist, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1982.

Falk, Peter Hastings, ed., Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975, Madison, Connecticut: Soundview Press, 1999.

Gruber, J. Richard and David Houston, The Art of the South 1890-2003: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, London: Scala Publishers, 2004.

Hall, Lee. Betty Parsons, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1991.

To see an online copy of Dusti Bongé: The Life of An Artist (University Press of MS, Jackson, 1982) click here: http://www.myninelives.moonfruit.com/#/dusti-bonge-life-of-artist/4562806763