The Dusti Bongé Art Foundation
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Dusti Bongé (1903-1993), neé Eunice Lyle Swetman, was a member of the first generation of abstract expressionist painters, the incomparable American art movement of the 20th Century. A native of Biloxi, Mississippi, Bongé showed with the groundbreaking Betty Parsons Gallery in New York from the 1940s through the 1970s in the company of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and other major players of that time. Although Dusti Bongé is recognized as the first truly modernist painter from Mississippi, only recently has her part in that revolutionary chapter of American art history been truly appreciated.
Globally, Abstract Expressionism has become widely admired as the most significant art movement in American art history. Started in New York in the 1940s and 1950s by painters such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning, the movement has earned its place in the canons of major worldwide art movements. It was also the art form that Dusti Bongé found to be her best artistic outlet as her work evolved in the 1950s.
She became a major player in this group of prominent artists, exhibiting alongside them and counting many of them as her friends. Indeed, some became her close friends, such as Mark Rothko, Theodoros Stamos and Betty Parsons herself.
Parsons mounted several solo exhibitions of Bongé’s work, which were critically very well received. However, over the years Dusti Bongé’s work has not been recognized for its important contribution to Abstract Expressionism. Thus, compared to some of her world famous AbEx friends and peers, her extensive oeuvre had not received the recognition it merits. The DBAF has been working hard to rectify this situation and re-introduce the world to this extraordinary abstract painter. Hence our stated mission.
The DBAF believes that given Dusti Bongé's exemplary contributions to the most important 20th Century American Art movement, she should be included in the canons of major Abstract Expressionist painters.
We invite you to join the ever-growing group of Dusti Bongé admirers.