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Sam Gilliam ( GHIL-ee-əm; November 30, 1933 – June 25, 2022) was an American color field painter and lyrical abstractionist artist. Gilliam was associated with the Washington Color School, a group of Washington, D.C.-area artists that developed a form of abstract art from color field painting in the 1950s and 1960s. His works have also been described as belonging to abstract expressionism and lyrical abstraction. He worked on stretched, draped and wrapped canvas, and added sculptural 3D elements. He was recognized as the first artist to introduce the idea of a draped, painted canvas hanging without stretcher bars around 1965. This was a major contribution to the Color Field School and has had a lasting impact on the contemporary art canon. Arne Glimcher, Gilliam's art dealer at Pace Gallery, wrote following his death that "His experiments with color and surface are right up there with the achievements of Rothko and Pollock."In his later work, Gilliam worked with polypropylene, computer-generated imaging, metallic and iridescent acrylics, handmade paper, aluminum, steel, plywood, and plastic.
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The pioneering abstract painter was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and received an MA in painting from the University of Louisville. Working with brilliant color, he became known for showing his abstract canvases stripped of wood stretchers and draped from ceilings or gathered and pinned to walls.
American, African American
Artist, Teacher, Painter, Sculptor
Sam Gilliam, Jr. Sam Gilliam
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