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Sam Gilliam

Blue, 1970

Acrylic on unstretched, shaped canvas
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About the work
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P
Phillips

installation dimensions variable
flat 65 x 69 in. (165.1 x 175.3 cm.)

“And what really shocked me is …

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installation dimensions variable
flat 65 x 69 in. (165.1 x 175.3 cm.)

“And what really shocked me is that I had never thought about sculpture at all…the interesting thing is that, since that point…I haven’t forgotten it. And that’s what led to the draped paintings; I mean, trying to produce a work that was about both …

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Signed, titled and dated "Blue 1970 Sam Gilliam" on the reverse
Sam Gilliam
American, b. 1933
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A pillar of the Washington, D.C., modern and contemporary art communities, internationally acclaimed abstract painter Sam Gilliam has been testing the boundaries of color, form, texture, and the canvas itself over the course of his long, productive career. Filling canvases with fields of deeply saturated color and layers of expressionistic brushstrokes, both subtle and bold, Gilliam was a part of the Washington Color School (late 1950s through mid-’70s) and has been associated with the Abstract Expressionists. Ever the innovator, he took his color-stained canvases off of the stretcher in the late 1960s and presented them in radical new ways: draped across walls and hung from the ceiling in generous, folding layers. These sculpture-painting hybrids have become a defining part of Gilliam’s practice and inflect all of his work with an ongoing exploration of the depth, physicality, and resonance of color.

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About the work
Provenance
P
Phillips

installation dimensions variable
flat 65 x 69 in. (165.1 x 175.3 cm.)

“And what really shocked me is …

Read more

installation dimensions variable
flat 65 x 69 in. (165.1 x 175.3 cm.)

“And what really shocked me is that I had never thought about sculpture at all…the interesting thing is that, since that point…I haven’t forgotten it. And that’s what led to the draped paintings; I mean, trying to produce a work that was about both …

Read more
Signature
Signed, titled and dated "Blue 1970 Sam Gilliam" on the reverse
Sam Gilliam
American, b. 1933
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A pillar of the Washington, D.C., modern and contemporary art communities, internationally acclaimed abstract painter Sam Gilliam has been testing the boundaries of color, form, texture, and the canvas itself over the course of his long, productive career. Filling canvases with fields of deeply saturated color and layers of expressionistic brushstrokes, both subtle and bold, Gilliam was a part of the Washington Color School (late 1950s through mid-’70s) and has been associated with the Abstract Expressionists. Ever the innovator, he took his color-stained canvases off of the stretcher in the late 1960s and presented them in radical new ways: draped across walls and hung from the ceiling in generous, folding layers. These sculpture-painting hybrids have become a defining part of Gilliam’s practice and inflect all of his work with an ongoing exploration of the depth, physicality, and resonance of color.

Sam Gilliam

Blue, 1970

Acrylic on unstretched, shaped canvas
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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