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Sam Gilliam
Two

1994

$9,500

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Two by Sam Gilliam is crafted with handmade paper and stitched together beautifully with bold and vibrant threading, making the back of the print as interesting as the front. Gilliam patch worked pieces together, creating an extraordinary sense of dimensionality. Medium: Monoprint with screenprint, collage, acrylic, stitching and embossing in colors on handmade paper Edition: Numbered 4/40 Signature: Signed, titled, dated and numbered in black or silver ink

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About Sam Gilliam (Artist)

Postwar American artist Sam Gilliam (b. 1933) is an innovative color-field painter and lyrical abstractionist perhaps best known for working directly on draped, unprimed canvases freed from their stretcher bars in as early as the mid-1960s. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Gilliam studied art at the University of Louisville, earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine art. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 1962, where he became associated with the Washington Color School.


Inspired by the vibrant hues of German Expressionism, Gilliam pushed the limits of his medium by eliminating the use of easels and stretchers. Instead, he painted on draped canvases suspended from the walls and the ceiling of his studio. Overlooked at first, the resulting works, radiant and rippling with energy, would become universally recognized as a hallmark of Gilliam’s oeuvre. Later in his career, he would draw inspiration from jazz and textile artistry, creating improvisational collage-style “quilted” paintings on nylon or canvas that recall quilt patterns.


In 1972, Gilliam became the first Black artist to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale; he also exhibited at the 2017 Venice Biennale. His works can be found in more than 50 public collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art (now the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design) in Washington, D.C., the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Paris Museum of Modern Art, among many others. Gilliam’s awards include the United States State Department Medal of Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and more.


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