Radiation Explorations and Magnetic Fields

February 22 – March 31, 2018

Galerie Lelong, one of New York’s leading galleries

I hope you will come out and enjoy this phenomenal event. Meet Mildred’s life partner. Hear the story of this unheralded, extraordinarily talented and courageous female African American artist, a 1958 graduate of Howard University who emigrated to Germany where she trained and taught.  There she embraced the German tradition of mastering multiple mediums, including painting, drawing, printmaking, etching, sculpture and photography, all while becoming an early convert to Abstract Expressionism.

Most of all, see the beautiful, thought-provoking art. The work on display is based upon Mildred’s exploration of key scientific theories such as String Theory and Magnetic Fields. Judge for yourself the wonderful result of Mildred’s effort to “make the invisible visible”.I hope to see you on the 22nd.” Don Roman

In a prolific career spanning over four decades, Mildred Thompson (1936 – 2003) created paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures using a distinctly unique language of abstraction. Thompson’s paintings and works on paper are characterized by energetic mark-making, profound understanding of color, and complex compositions that absorb the viewer.  She was interested in physics and astronomy and through her own interpretation, sought to visually represent scientific theories and systems that are invisible to the eye. Due to the racism and sexism she experienced in the United States, Thompson spent the majority of her career in Germany and France where she created many established bodies of work and exhibited widely. Although Thompson’s work has received increasing institutional attention in recent years, she is still relatively unknown in the U.S.

Thompson’s work was recently featured in the group exhibition Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, where it traveled from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri.  In 2016, the solo exhibition Mildred Thompson: Resonance, Selected Works from the 1990s was presented at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia. Thompson’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., among other institutions.

Thompson was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1936, and died in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2003.  The Mildred Thompson Estate is curated by Melissa Messina.

Link to Mildred Thompson website


Important lessons from the Estates of the Barnes Foundation, Reginald Gammon and Mildred Thompson (From the BAIA Archives – Originally Posted on October 24, 2015)

In addition to its aesthetic value, art has economic value — sometimes, significant economic value. In addition to preserving their work for “art’s sake”, artists, as owners of this commerce, face significant challenges in ensuring that the full value of their life’s work is passed on to their surviving heirs. How will this economic value be realized? Will the desired beneficiaries receive its full value — without diminution? 

This panel, led by Don M. Roman, Sr., JD, AEP will explore all these issues by looking at three real-life cases: the estates of Reginald Gammon, Mildred Thompson and one of the most notable collectors of all time, Dr. Albert C. Barnes. 

These cases hold important lessons for present day artists and collectors. Audience members will be encouraged to share their own experiences and questions — their dreams and fears, successes and failures — in their effort to preserve what is, for many, their most prized possessions. 


Don M. Roman, Sris a Financial Services Executive with over 30 years combined legal, business and financial experience. Over a 20 year period, he has developed a financial practice focused on estate and retirement planning for high net worth individuals along with pension planning for business owners. Don has a proven track record of success, having received continuous recognition as a top producer with leading financial service companies in the industry. In addition to media interviews with publications such as Black Enterprise and National Underwriter, Don was a featured Monthly Columnist for “Investment Smarts” for Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, and is a frequent guest speaker on national conference calls and seminars. Don’s past service includes Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fulton Senior Services (Meals-on-Wheels) program and member of the Board of Directors of 100 Black Men of America (Dekalb County, Georgia Chapter). He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of North Georgia and The Commerce Club of Atlanta. Don is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Law School.