Opening reception for “5+1,” 1969

Three men stand in the 5+1 gallery space.

Photograph by Adger Cowans. © Adger Cowans. Courtesy Frank Bowling Archive.

Adger Cowans, a fellow artist, photographer, and close friend of the artists who participated in “5+1,” took this photograph, capturing the grinning group next to a delicate filter of barbed wire strands—the deceptively delicate threads of Edwards’s Curtain (for William and Peter) (1969).