“Sam Gilliam”

“Abstract painter Sam Gilliam is best known for his experiments with vibrantly colored, draped, and suspended canvases.”

Abstract painter Sam Gilliam is best known for his experiments with vibrantly colored, draped, and suspended canvases. A member of the 1960s Washington Color School, a group of loosely connected artists who cultivated Color Field painting in Washington D.C., Gilliam soon began to move his canvases beyond the frame, turning them into sculptural works and site-specific installations. In this show, the monumental Double Merge, consisting of two draped paintings (both titled Carousel II, 1968), suspended together from the ceiling, is accompanied by Spread, a 1973 painting from the artist’s “Beveled-Edge” series.