“Sam Gilliam”

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

Dia:Beacon, New York, ongoing

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.

Sam Gilliam,  Double Merge, 1968. Installation view, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York. Copyright © Sam Gilliam. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York, courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.