Sam Gilliam

Mrz 29, 2013

Los Angeles

A revolutionary figure in postwar American art, Sam Gilliam helped define the Washington Color School in the mid-1960s and pushed Color Field painting to its extremes. Gilliam utilized the tenets of hard-edge geometric painting as starting points for a series of formal experiments that would soon lead to subsequent breakthroughs in contemporary painting, including the installation-based drape paintings for which he is best known. Exhibition curator Rashid Johnson has focused on this lesser-known period as a way of shedding light on the full scope of Gilliam’s achievement.

The exhibition, Sam Gilliam: Hard-Edge Paintings 1963-1966, is therefore an opportunity to see the early paintings of a major figure through the eyes of a young artist who himself has recently emerged as a leading voice of his generation.

David Kordansky Gallery

March 28 – May 11, 2013
3143 S. La Cienega Blvd. Unit A
Los Angeles, CA 90016