Lot 35
  • 35


200,000 - 300,000 USD
885,000 USD
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  • Sam Gilliam
  • Untitled
  • signed and dated 1968 on the reverse
  • acrylic on canvas


Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner circa 1970

Catalogue Note

Radiating with an inner glow, Sam Gilliam’s Untitled elevates the sensory potential of color, texture and form. Gilliam makes paint luminous, combining myriad finishes and pigments with sophisticated color transitions, mimicking the qualities of light and shadow within an abstract composition. Warmer tones rise from the bottom of the composition in a spread of red and orange, while cooler tendrils of teal and violet drip down the surface of the work, fanning out and separating in a polychrome topography. The optical dimensionality of the surface of the work mirrors that of its physical shape, which with its beveled edges, projects forward from the wall, transcending the border between painting and sculpture. In the words of Gilliam, “my work consists of solids and veils…it is constructed painting, in that it crosses the void between object and viewer, to be part of the space in front of the picture plane. It represents an act of pure passage.” Sam Gilliam