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Condition report: Work appears to be in good overall condition. Surface irregularities and texture are inherent to work and medium. Work is in two parts, hinged together. Unframed.

Over the course of a nearly six-decade career, …

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Signed, titled and dated to verso 'Stile, 2004 Sam Gilliam'

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 canvases covered in fields of deeply saturated color and layers of poured paint. Gilliam drapes these works across walls or hangs them from the ceiling in a manner that can suggest theater curtains, flags, or hanging laundry. Throughout his canvases and works on paper, the artist has also employed various folding and staining techniques. His work belongs in the collections of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Tate Modern. Gilliam has enjoyed exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Basel, Seoul, and Washington, D.C., among other cities. At auction, a number of his pieces have sold for seven figures. Inspired by the spirit of improvisational jazz, Gilliam continues to experiment with depth, physicality, and resonances of color.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Lincoln Center Editions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
Sam Gilliam | Moving West AgainDavid Kordansky Gallery
2019
Sam Gilliam | Starting: Works on Paper 1967 – 1970David Kordansky Gallery
2017
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black PowerTate
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Stile, 2004

Acrylic on birchwood
25 × 25 × 3 1/2 in
63.5 × 63.5 × 8.9 cm
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ARW
Artsy x Rago/Wright

This work is sold by a professional seller and ships from New York, New York, United States

Medium
Signature
Signed, titled and dated to verso 'Stile, 2004 Sam Gilliam'

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 canvases covered in fields of deeply saturated color and layers of poured paint. Gilliam drapes these works across walls or hangs them from the ceiling in a manner that can suggest theater curtains, flags, or hanging laundry. Throughout his canvases and works on paper, the artist has also employed various folding and staining techniques. His work belongs in the collections of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Tate Modern. Gilliam has enjoyed exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Basel, Seoul, and Washington, D.C., among other cities. At auction, a number of his pieces have sold for seven figures. Inspired by the spirit of improvisational jazz, Gilliam continues to experiment with depth, physicality, and resonances of color.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Lincoln Center Editions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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