Sam Gilliam

American, b. 1933

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Since the 1960s, Washington Color School painter Sam Gilliam has tested the boundaries of color, form, texture, abstraction, and the canvas itself. His most significant innovations may be his “Drape” paintings: lengths of unstretched, unprimed …

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Untitled, 1990
Sold on Jul 21, 2021
US$43,750
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Photography
acrylic and photo-based image collage on twenty-four wood panels and wood base
60.0 x 211.8 cm
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US$43,750
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Jul 21, 2021
Christie's
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Sam Gilliam (b. 1933) signed 'Sam Gilliam' (on the inner edge of the fifth stack) acrylic and photo-based image collage on twenty-four wood panels and wood base 83 ⅜ x 23 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in. (211.8 x 60 x 60 cm.) Executed circa mid-1990s. Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
Untitled, 1990
acrylic and photo-based image collage on twenty-four wood panels and wood base
Jul 21, 2021
Christie's
US$43,750
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Photography
60.0 x 211.8 cm
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Jul 21, 2021
Christie's
Realized Price
US$43,750
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Sam Gilliam (b. 1933) signed 'Sam Gilliam' (on the inner edge of the fifth stack) acrylic and photo-based image collage on twenty-four wood panels and wood base 83 ⅜ x 23 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in. (211.8 x 60 x 60 cm.) Executed circa mid-1990s. Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
Musketeers, 1998
Sold on Jul 21, 2021
US$56,250
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Painting
acrylic on sewn cloth
72.4 x 66.0 x 17.7 cm
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US$56,250
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Jul 21, 2021
Christie's
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SAM GILLIAM (B. 1933) signed, titled and dated 'Musketeers, 98 Sam Gilliam' (on the reverse) acrylic on sewn cloth installation dimensions: 26 x 281⁄2 x 7 in. (66 x 72.4 x 17.7 cm.) Executed in 1998. Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
Musketeers, 1998
acrylic on sewn cloth
Jul 21, 2021
Christie's
US$56,250
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Painting
72.4 x 66.0 x 17.7 cm
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Jul 21, 2021
Christie's
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US$56,250
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SAM GILLIAM (B. 1933) signed, titled and dated 'Musketeers, 98 Sam Gilliam' (on the reverse) acrylic on sewn cloth installation dimensions: 26 x 281⁄2 x 7 in. (66 x 72.4 x 17.7 cm.) Executed in 1998. Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
Were (recto); Ohio 2 (verso), 1974
Sold on Jul 7, 2021
£30,000
US$41,413
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Work on Paper
watercolour on paper
50.5 x 67.0 cm
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£30,000
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Jul 7, 2021
Christie's
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SAM GILLIAM (B. 1933) recto: signed, titled and dated 'Sam Gilliam '74 Were'' (lower edge) verso: signed, titled and dated 'OHIO 2 Sam Gilliam 74' (lower centre) watercolour on paper, double-sided recto: 197⁄8 x 263⁄8in. (50.5 x 67cm.) verso: 263⁄8 x 197⁄8in. (67 x 50.5cm.) Executed in 1974 Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
Were (recto); Ohio 2 (verso), 1974
watercolour on paper
Jul 7, 2021
Christie's
£30,000
US$41,413
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Work on Paper
50.5 x 67.0 cm
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Jul 7, 2021
Christie's
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£30,000
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SAM GILLIAM (B. 1933) recto: signed, titled and dated 'Sam Gilliam '74 Were'' (lower edge) verso: signed, titled and dated 'OHIO 2 Sam Gilliam 74' (lower centre) watercolour on paper, double-sided recto: 197⁄8 x 263⁄8in. (50.5 x 67cm.) verso: 263⁄8 x 197⁄8in. (67 x 50.5cm.) Executed in 1974 Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
Dance '72, 1972
Sold on May 26, 2021
US$11,475
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Print
Screenprint in colors on wove paper
48.2 x 82.5 cm
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US$11,475
Auction Sale
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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1972 Screenprint in colors on wove paper, signed in pencil, titled, dated and annotated 'artist proof' (aside from the edition of 50), with the blindstamp of the publisher/printer Workshop, Inc., Washington, D.C., with full margins. 32 1/2 x 19in (82.5 x 48.2cm) sheet 40 1/4 x 26 1/4in (102.2 x 66.6cm)
Dance '72, 1972
Screenprint in colors on wove paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
US$11,475
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48.2 x 82.5 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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US$11,475
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1972 Screenprint in colors on wove paper, signed in pencil, titled, dated and annotated 'artist proof' (aside from the edition of 50), with the blindstamp of the publisher/printer Workshop, Inc., Washington, D.C., with full margins. 32 1/2 x 19in (82.5 x 48.2cm) sheet 40 1/4 x 26 1/4in (102.2 x 66.6cm)
Untitled, 1971
Sold on May 12, 2021
US$20,312
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Work on Paper
watercolor on paper
88.9 x 59.0 cm
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US$20,312
Auction Sale
May 12, 2021
Bonhams
Description
1971 signed, dated 71 and inscribed indistinctly watercolor on paper 23 1/4 by 35 in. 59 by 88.9 cm.
Untitled, 1971
watercolor on paper
May 12, 2021
Bonhams
US$20,312
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88.9 x 59.0 cm
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May 12, 2021
Bonhams
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US$20,312
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1971 signed, dated 71 and inscribed indistinctly watercolor on paper 23 1/4 by 35 in. 59 by 88.9 cm.
Niagara on the Potomac, 1995
Sold on Apr 15, 2021
US$7,560
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Print
Screenprint in colors, on Rising wove paper
88.9 x 40.96 cm
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US$7,560
Auction Sale
Apr 15, 2021
Sotheby's
Description
Screenprint in colors, 1995, signed in pencil, dated, titled and inscribed 'A.P. 1/10', an artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 50, on Rising wove paper, framed image: 411 by 892 mm 16 ⅛ by 35 ⅛ in sheet: 584 by 1017 mm 23 by 40 in framed: 635 by 1095 mm 25 by 43 ⅛ in
Niagara on the Potomac, 1995
Screenprint in colors, on Rising wove paper
Apr 15, 2021
Sotheby's
US$7,560
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Print
88.9 x 40.96 cm
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Apr 15, 2021
Sotheby's
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US$7,560
Description
Screenprint in colors, 1995, signed in pencil, dated, titled and inscribed 'A.P. 1/10', an artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 50, on Rising wove paper, framed image: 411 by 892 mm 16 ⅛ by 35 ⅛ in sheet: 584 by 1017 mm 23 by 40 in framed: 635 by 1095 mm 25 by 43 ⅛ in
Untitled, 1995
Sold on Apr 15, 2021
US$5,670
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Print
Monotype printed in colors, on thick handmade paper
86.36 x 64.14 cm
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US$5,670
Auction Sale
Apr 15, 2021
Sotheby's
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Monotype printed in colors, circa 1995, on thick handmade paper, framed sheet: 642 by 875 mm 25 ¼ by 34 ½ in framed: 809 by 1037 mm 31 ⅞ by 40 ⅞ in
Untitled, 1995
Monotype printed in colors, on thick handmade paper
Apr 15, 2021
Sotheby's
US$5,670
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86.36 x 64.14 cm
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Apr 15, 2021
Sotheby's
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US$5,670
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Monotype printed in colors, circa 1995, on thick handmade paper, framed sheet: 642 by 875 mm 25 ¼ by 34 ½ in framed: 809 by 1037 mm 31 ⅞ by 40 ⅞ in
Untitled, 1995
Sold on Apr 15, 2021
US$6,048
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Monotype printed in colors, on thick handmade paper
86.36 x 62.23 cm
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US$6,048
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Apr 15, 2021
Sotheby's
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Monotype printed in colors, circa 1995, on thick handmade paper, framed sheet: 624 by 868 mm 24 ½ by 34 ⅛ in framed: 810 by 1035 mm 31 ⅞ by 40 ¾ in
Untitled, 1995
Monotype printed in colors, on thick handmade paper
Apr 15, 2021
Sotheby's
US$6,048
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Print
86.36 x 62.23 cm
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Auction Sale
Apr 15, 2021
Sotheby's
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US$6,048
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Monotype printed in colors, circa 1995, on thick handmade paper, framed sheet: 624 by 868 mm 24 ½ by 34 ⅛ in framed: 810 by 1035 mm 31 ⅞ by 40 ¾ in
Untitled, 1969
Sold on Mar 19, 2021
£31,500
US$43,858
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Work on Paper
watercolour on vellum
45.72 x 35.88 cm
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£31,500
Auction Sale
Mar 19, 2021
Sotheby's
Description
signed and dated 69  watercolour on vellum  35.9 by 45.7 cm. 14⅛ by 18 in. framed: 57.1 by 65.5 cm. 22½ by 25¾ in.
Untitled, 1969
watercolour on vellum
Mar 19, 2021
Sotheby's
£31,500
US$43,858
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Work on Paper
45.72 x 35.88 cm
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Mar 19, 2021
Sotheby's
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£31,500
Description
signed and dated 69  watercolour on vellum  35.9 by 45.7 cm. 14⅛ by 18 in. framed: 57.1 by 65.5 cm. 22½ by 25¾ in.
Untitled, 1975
Sold on Mar 12, 2021
US$81,900
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Painting
oil, synthetic polymer paint and canvas collage on beveled edge canvas
121.92 x 82.55 cm
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US$81,900
Auction Sale
Mar 12, 2021
Sotheby's
Description
signed and dated 1975 twice on the reverse oil, synthetic polymer paint and canvas collage on beveled edge canvas 32 1/2 by 48 1/4 in. 82.6 by 122.6 cm.
Untitled, 1975
oil, synthetic polymer paint and canvas collage on beveled edge canvas
Mar 12, 2021
Sotheby's
US$81,900
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Painting
121.92 x 82.55 cm
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Auction Sale
Mar 12, 2021
Sotheby's
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US$81,900
Description
signed and dated 1975 twice on the reverse oil, synthetic polymer paint and canvas collage on beveled edge canvas 32 1/2 by 48 1/4 in. 82.6 by 122.6 cm.