The Music of Color: Sam Gilliam, 1967-1973

Exhibition Overview


Light Depth
Sam Gilliam, Ligh Depth, 1969, Acryl auf Leinwand, 304.8 x 2269 cm

Sam Gilliam (b. Tupelo, Mississippi, 1933) is one of America’s most prominent abstract painters. Works by the artist, who has lived and worked in Washington, D.C., since 1962, are held by numerous museums including the Art Institute of Chicago, the MoMA (New York), the National Gallery of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art. The Music of Color is his first solo exhibition in Europe. The show puts the focus on the years between 1967 and 1973, the period of the greatest radicalism in Gilliam’s oeuvre. His Yves Klein Blue, which harks back to his experimental early work, was presented at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.

(Photo: Sam Gilliam, Light Depth, 1969, Acryl auf Leinwand, 304.8 x 2269 cm, Corcoran Collection, Washington D.C. © 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich)

Exhibition Highlights


Sam Gilliam

Whirlirama

Sam Gilliam

Rondo

Sam Gilliam

Ruby Light
The Music of Color: Sam Gilliam, 1967-1973
Exhibition Highlights

Sam Gilliam

Whirlirama, 1970
Acrylic on canvas, 282.6 x 293.4 x 5.1 cm
Photo: Fredrik Nilsen, Courtesy of the artist, the Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York, and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, ©2018, ProLitteris, Zurich

Sam Gilliam

Rondo, 1971
Acrylic on canvas, 261 x 366 x 198 cm
Photo: Lee Thompson, Courtesy of the artist, Kunstmuseum Basel and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, ©2018, ProLitteris, Zurich

Sam Gilliam

Ruby Light, 1972
Acrylic on canvas, 203 x 144 x 30 cm
Photo: Cathy Carver, Courtesy of the artist and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, ©2018, ProLitteris, Zurich
The Music of Color: Sam Gilliam, 1967-1973
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