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Sam Francis

American, 1923–1994

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Sam Francis

American, 1923–1994

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Biography

The painterly abstraction of Sam Francis is most often associated with the American Abstract Expressionist movement, but Francis also spent a great deal of time in Paris and became linked with the parallel movement of Art Informel in Europe. Francis’ most iconic works are characterized by saturated splashes of color that populate the edges of the canvas in order to emphasize the luminous white void in the center. This contrast between the vibrancy of Francis’ color palette and the austere white picture plane demonstrate the artist’s concern with relationships of space, color, and light, as opposed to the psychologically expressive tendencies of contemporaries such as Jackson Pollock.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$12m, Sotheby's, 2016
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 3 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Biography

The painterly abstraction of Sam Francis is most often associated with the American Abstract Expressionist movement, but Francis also spent a great deal of time in Paris and became linked with the parallel movement of Art Informel in Europe. Francis’ most iconic works are characterized by saturated splashes of color that populate the edges of the canvas in order to emphasize the luminous white void in the center. This contrast between the vibrancy of Francis’ color palette and the austere white picture plane demonstrate the artist’s concern with relationships of space, color, and light, as opposed to the psychologically expressive tendencies of contemporaries such as Jackson Pollock.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$12m, Sotheby's, 2016
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 3 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Shows Featuring Sam Francis
Articles Featuring Sam Francis
Emptiness and Expression in the Works of Sam Francis
Jan 5th, 2016
Emptiness and Expression in the Works of Sam Francis
The Evolution of Sam Francis’s Painting Through Five Works
Jul 24th, 2015
The Evolution of Sam Francis’s Painting Through Five Works
Sam Francis, Keith Haring, Alexander Calder: A Slice of New York in Abu Dhabi
Nov 5th, 2014
Sam Francis, Keith Haring, Alexander Calder: A Slice of New York in Abu Dhabi
Tom Wesselmann and Sam Francis Among American Masters at Art Southampton
Jul 21st, 2014
Tom Wesselmann and Sam Francis Among American Masters at Art Southampton
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