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SAM GILLIAM | WANDER

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 35,000 USD

401

402

SAM GILLIAM | WANDER

SAM GILLIAM | WANDER

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 35,000 USD

Lot sold:

43,750

USD

SAM GILLIAM

b.1933

WANDER


signed, titled and dated 1995

museum board, paper, polypropylene, oil and metal artist's hardware on cut birch plywood, in artist's chosen frame

Overall: 47 by 82¼ in. (119.4 by 208.9 cm.)

This work is in very good condition overall. There are some loose fibers present around the edges of most elements due to the artist's chosen working medium. There is some wear to the corners of the frame, notably in the upper left and lower right corners. There are some accretions to the frame on all four sides. Framed in the artist's chosen frame under Plexiglas.


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“My work consists of solids and veils: the union of solids, or metal forms, seen as volumes against a raked and grooved paint surface. 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. The surface is no longer the final plane of the work. It is instead the beginning of an advance into the theater of life.”

– Sam Gilliam, with Annie Gawlak, “Solids and Veils,” Art Journal, 50:1, Spring 1991, pp. 10


Sam Gilliam is an innovative colorist who, by cutting and rearranging geometric shapes from thickly painted canvases, expanded his experiments in color and improvisation. Gilliam’s solo exhibition last year at the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland is an indication of the recent surge in appreciation of the artist’s oeuvre.