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Sam Gilliam

1967 - 1973
November 2 - December 16, 2017

Installation Views

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

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Photography Tom Powel Imaging. Artwork © Sam Gilliam.

Art Works

Sam Gilliam Thrust 1967 acrylic on canvas with bev...

Sam Gilliam
Thrust
1967
acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
83 x 44 inches (210.8 x 111.8 cm)

Artwork © 1967 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam With Blue 1967 aluminum powder and acr...

Sam Gilliam
With Blue
1967
aluminum powder and acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
104 1/2 x 40 inches (265.4 x 101.6 cm)

Artwork © 1967 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Bow Form Construction 1968 acrylic and...

Sam Gilliam
Bow Form Construction
1968
acrylic and enamel on draped canvas
119 7/16 x 332 5/16 inches (303.4 x 844.1 cm)

Artwork © 1968 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Misty 1969 acrylic and dye pigments on...

Sam Gilliam
Misty
1969
acrylic and dye pigments on canvas with beveled edge
53 1/4 x 66 1/2 x 2 inches (135.3 x 168.9 x 5.1 cm)

Artwork © 1969 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Carousel Change 1970 acrylic on draped...

Sam Gilliam
Carousel Change
1970
acrylic on draped cotton canvas
118 1/8 x 920 1/8 inches (300 x 2337.1 cm)

Artwork © 1970 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Temple Fire 1970 acrylic on canvas wit...

Sam Gilliam
Temple Fire
1970
acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
50 x 110 x 3 1/4 inches (127 x 279.4 x 8.3 cm)

Artwork © 1970 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Untitled 1970 acrylic on canvas with b...

Sam Gilliam
Untitled
1970
acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
55 x 110 inches (139.7 x 279.4 cm)

Artwork © 1970 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Little Dude 1971 acrylic on draped can...

Sam Gilliam
Little Dude
1971
acrylic on draped canvas
canvas: 66 x 66 inches (167.6 x 167.6 cm)
installed (variable): 57 x 55 inches (144.5 x 139.7 cm)

Artwork © 1971 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Natural 1971 acrylic on canvas with be...

Sam Gilliam
Natural
1971
acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

Artwork © 1971 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Idle Twist 1972 acrylic on draped canv...

Sam Gilliam
Idle Twist
1972
acrylic on draped canvas
canvas: 64 ¼ x 65 ¾ inches (163 x 167 cm)
installed (variable): 60 ½ x 60 inches (153.7 x 152.4 cm)

Artwork © 1972 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Spring Thaw 1972 acrylic on canvas wit...

Sam Gilliam
Spring Thaw
1972
acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

Artwork © 1972 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Orion 1972 acrylic on canvas with beve...

Sam Gilliam
Orion
1972
acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)
Artwork © 1972 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Frost I 1973 acrylic on canvas 48 3/4...

Sam Gilliam
Frost I
1973
acrylic on canvas
48 3/4 x 51 inches (123.8 x 129.5 cm)

Artwork © 1973 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Spread 1973 acrylic on canvas 69 x 113...

Sam Gilliam
Spread
1973
acrylic on canvas
69 x 113 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (175.3 x 288.3 x 4.4 cm)

Artwork © 1973 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Thrust 1967 acrylic on canvas with bev...

Sam Gilliam
Thrust
1967
acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
83 x 44 inches (210.8 x 111.8 cm)

Artwork © 1967 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam With Blue 1967 aluminum powder and acr...

Sam Gilliam
With Blue
1967
aluminum powder and acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
104 1/2 x 40 inches (265.4 x 101.6 cm)

Artwork © 1967 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Bow Form Construction 1968 acrylic and...

Sam Gilliam
Bow Form Construction
1968
acrylic and enamel on draped canvas
119 7/16 x 332 5/16 inches (303.4 x 844.1 cm)

Artwork © 1968 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Misty 1969 acrylic and dye pigments on...

Sam Gilliam
Misty
1969
acrylic and dye pigments on canvas with beveled edge
53 1/4 x 66 1/2 x 2 inches (135.3 x 168.9 x 5.1 cm)

Artwork © 1969 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Carousel Change 1970 acrylic on draped...

Sam Gilliam
Carousel Change
1970
acrylic on draped cotton canvas
118 1/8 x 920 1/8 inches (300 x 2337.1 cm)

Artwork © 1970 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Temple Fire 1970 acrylic on canvas wit...

Sam Gilliam
Temple Fire
1970
acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
50 x 110 x 3 1/4 inches (127 x 279.4 x 8.3 cm)

Artwork © 1970 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Untitled 1970 acrylic on canvas with b...

Sam Gilliam
Untitled
1970
acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
55 x 110 inches (139.7 x 279.4 cm)

Artwork © 1970 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Little Dude 1971 acrylic on draped can...

Sam Gilliam
Little Dude
1971
acrylic on draped canvas
canvas: 66 x 66 inches (167.6 x 167.6 cm)
installed (variable): 57 x 55 inches (144.5 x 139.7 cm)

Artwork © 1971 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Natural 1971 acrylic on canvas with be...

Sam Gilliam
Natural
1971
acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

Artwork © 1971 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Idle Twist 1972 acrylic on draped canv...

Sam Gilliam
Idle Twist
1972
acrylic on draped canvas
canvas: 64 ¼ x 65 ¾ inches (163 x 167 cm)
installed (variable): 60 ½ x 60 inches (153.7 x 152.4 cm)

Artwork © 1972 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Spring Thaw 1972 acrylic on canvas wit...

Sam Gilliam
Spring Thaw
1972
acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

Artwork © 1972 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Orion 1972 acrylic on canvas with beve...

Sam Gilliam
Orion
1972
acrylic on canvas with beveled edge
72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)
Artwork © 1972 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Frost I 1973 acrylic on canvas 48 3/4...

Sam Gilliam
Frost I
1973
acrylic on canvas
48 3/4 x 51 inches (123.8 x 129.5 cm)

Artwork © 1973 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Sam Gilliam Spread 1973 acrylic on canvas 69 x 113...

Sam Gilliam
Spread
1973
acrylic on canvas
69 x 113 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (175.3 x 288.3 x 4.4 cm)

Artwork © 1973 Sam Gilliam all rights reserved.

Event Photos

All Photos: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.com

All Photos: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.com

November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
All Photos: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.com

All Photos: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.com

November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions
November 2 - December 16, 2017 - 1967 - 1973 - Sam Gilliam - Exhibitions

Press Release

Sam Gilliam

1967 - 1973
November 2 - December 16, 2017

Mnuchin Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition of works by Sam Gilliam. The exhibition will present examples of the artist’s two seminal series, the Beveled-edge and Drape paintings, spanning from 1967 to 1973. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York in nearly twenty-five years, and coincides with his installation at the Central Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale. On view from November 2 through December 16, 2017, it will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. An opening reception will be held Thursday, November 2 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Selected Press

artnet News

At Age 85, Living Legend Sam Gilliam Is Enjoying His Greatest Renaissance Yet
January 2, 2018

The market for Sam Gilliam's work is stronger than ever. Just don't call it a comeback.

Critical and market attention for the abstract painter Sam Gilliam is at an all-time high. But longtime collectors and fans of the artist—who have watched him rack up accolades for at least five decades—consistently, and perhaps a bit defensively, caution against the word “comeback.”

Whatever you call it, Gilliam has been enjoying an unprecedented level of attention in recent years. The 85-year-old artist represented the US at the Venice Biennale way back in 1972; he was the first African American artist to do so. But his market has been slow to catch up—until now.

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New York Times

What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week
December 6, 2017

Over their long and productive careers, certain important artists are taken for granted. I think Sam Gilliam has been. He’s maintained visibility, but not close attention. His current solo at Mnuchin Gallery, “Sam Gilliam, 1967-1973,” should help. It’s sensational, and it positions his painting in the top ranks of late-20th-century abstraction.

New York Times

Village Voice

A Half-Century After Hitting the Art Scene, Sam Gilliam’s Legacy Blossoms
November 15, 2017

It’s a story the art world loves to tell itself: how it valiantly recovers and revives the career of a forgotten artist. In the case of painter Sam Gilliam, the story should be told thusly: It was Gilliam who recovered and revived something lost from the art world when it finally regained sight of his work. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on Thanksgiving Day in 1933, Gilliam moved in adulthood to Washington, D.C., and by the 1960s had made his name as part of the Washington Color School. His reputation thrived for decades, with solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, among others, as well as inclusion in the 1972 Venice Biennale. 

Village Voice

artdaily

Mnuchin Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Sam Gilliam
November 2, 2017

Mnuchin Gallery is presenting an exhibition of works by Sam Gilliam. The exhibition presents examples of the artist’s two seminal series, the Beveled-edge and Drape paintings, spanning from 1967 to 1973. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York in nearly twenty-five years, and coincides with his installation at the Central Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale. On view from November 2 through December 16, 2017, it is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

artdaily

Artnet

35 Unmissable Gallery Shows to See in New York City This November
October 26, 2017

“Sam Gilliam: 1967–1973” at Mnuchin Gallery


Sam Gilliam‘s late 1960s and early 1970s “Beveled-edge” and “Drape” paintings will be the subject of his first New York gallery show in nearly 25 years. These groundbreaking early works, often folded and crumpled while the paint was still wet, stand apart from the typical output of Gilliam’s Color Field contemporaries, utilizing canvases with beveled edges that break the 2-D plane.

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