Lot Closed

March 7, 05:01 PM GMT


25,000 - 35,000 USD

Lot Details





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.)

Baumgartner Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Private Collection, Los Angeles

Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2004

“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.