Sam Gilliam, ‘Shade’, 2008, Tandem Press

Signature: This work is signed by the artist and comes with a documentation sheet.

Publisher: Tandem Press

About Sam Gilliam

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.

American, b. 1933, Tupelo, Mississippi, based in Washington, DC, United States

Exhibition Highlights

2017
Griot's Art Gallery, Center for Haitian Studies, 
Miami, FL, United States,
Spirit of Collaboration: Sam Gilliam and Lou Stovall
2017
Seattle Art Museum, 
Seattle, WA, United States,
Sam Gilliam
2016
David Kordansky Gallery, 
Los Angeles, CA, United States,
Green April

Solo Shows

2017
Griot's Art Gallery, Center for Haitian Studies, 
Miami, FL, United States,
Spirit of Collaboration: Sam Gilliam and Lou Stovall
2017
Seattle Art Museum, 
Seattle, WA, United States,
Sam Gilliam
2016
David Kordansky Gallery, 
Los Angeles, CA, United States,
Green April
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