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Press Release - OLD

Mnuchin Gallery is proud to present Ed Clark: A Survey. This will be the first overview of Clark’s career in New York since the Studio Museum in Harlem’s retrospective in 1980. The exhibition will include paintings and works on paper spanning six decades, from 1962 through 2013.  The exhibition will be on view September 14 through October 20, 2018. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 14 from 5.30 to 7.30pm. A fully illustrated catalogue authored by Antwaun Sargent will accompany the exhibition. 

 

Affiliated with Abstract Expressionism, Ed Clark has continued to reinvent his unique abstract language over a sixty-year career. He is credited with being the first artist to exhibit a shaped canvas in the United States in 1957, a landmark innovation that profoundly expanded the possibilities of contemporary painting. He is also recognized for his signature process of creating paintings on the floor using a push broom, a radical gesture that transforms a humble symbol of menial labor into a tool of pure abstraction and high art. With these singular achievements, Clark established himself as a pioneer of abstract painting during a period when African-American artists were expected by many to create figurative work.

 

Born in New Orleans in 1926 and raised in Chicago after 1933, Clark went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago (1947-51) and L’Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris (1952). Clark continued to live and work in Paris after the Academy, working alongside fellow ex-pat artists such as Sam Francis and Joan Mitchell. It was there that he delved permanently into abstraction, creating his first mature body of work; he explains that during this period, “I began to believe, from my conversations with other artists, that the real truth is in the stroke. For me, it is large, bold strokes that do not refer distinctly to seen nature. The paint is the subject. The motions of the strokes give the work life.”[1] He has cited Paul Cézanne, Willem de Kooning, and, above all, Nicolas de Staël, as his greatest influences. In 1956, seeking a method of creating powerful, swiftly executed broad strokes, he developed his signature style of painting with a broom on a canvas laid horizontal on the floor, introducing a dimension of physicality and spontaneity to his process.[2] Clark would continue experimenting with this method for the rest of his career to new effects, trading in his traditional broom for a short-handled push broom shortly thereafter, and at times also employing rollers, rags, and his own hands to apply paint and dry pigment to his canvases.

 

Upon relocating to New York in 1957, Clark became a charter member of the Brata Gallery, one of a number of artist cooperative galleries on East 10th Street. Later that year, he exhibited there a shaped canvas, which has been widely documented as being the first shaped painting exhibited in the United States. A similar shaped canvas from that period, Untitled, 1957, is now in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

After nine years in New York, Clark returned to France, where he spent time working in Paris as well as in Vétheuil, at Joan Mitchell’s country home. It was there, in 1968, that he inaugurated his series of oval paintings. The oval motif—both as a shaped painting and as an elliptical composition on a rectangular ground—would dominate his work for the next ten years. He has explained: “I began to feel something was wrong. Our eyes don’t see in rectangles. I was interested in an expanding image, and the best way to expand an image is the oval or ellipse. It seemed to me that the oval as a natural shape could best express movement extended beyond the limits of the canvas."[3] Clark’s first oval painting, The Big Egg, 1968, was acquired by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2013.

 

In 1971, Clark visited the summer home of fellow artist Jack Whitten in Crete. Noting the profound effect of a new light and landscape on his palette and imagery, Clark went on to travel the world over the following decades, seeking to capture the energy and atmosphere of different locales. From 1980 through 2015, he spent winters in New York and summers in Paris, while taking working trips to Ife, Nigeria; Yucatan, Mexico; Bahia, Brazil; Brittany, France; and Morocco, among other destinations.

 

Clark’s works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Detroit Institute of the Arts, among other institutions. His paintings can currently be seen in the traveling exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, on view at the Brooklyn Museum from September 13 through February 3, 2019, and in The Long Run, on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from November 11, 2017 through November 4, 2018.

 

1. E. Clark and Q. Troupe, “For the Sake of the Search: An Interview with Ed Clark by Quincy Troupe,” in For the Sake of the Search, Belleville Lake, MI: Belleville Lake Press, 1997, p. 17.

2. K. A. N’Namdi, “My Life,” in Ed Clark: Master Painter, New York: G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, 2006, p. 7.

3. For the Sake of the Search, Belleville Lake, MI: Belleville Lake Press, 1997, p. 65.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Ed Clark  Flash  1966  acrylic on canvas  44 x 58 1/2 inches (111.8 x 149.2 cm)

Ed Clark
Flash
1966
acrylic on canvas
44 x 58 1/2 inches (111.8 x 149.2 cm)

Ed Clark  Intarsia  1970  acrylic on canvas  119 1/2 x 219 1/2 inches (303.5 x 557.5 cm)

Ed Clark
Intarsia
1970
acrylic on canvas
119 1/2 x 219 1/2 inches (303.5 x 557.5 cm)

Ed Clark Ife 1973 graphite and pastel on paper 30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Ed Clark
Ife
1973
graphite and pastel on paper
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 1974-75 acrylic on canvas 57 1/4 x 80 1/4 inches (144.8 x 203.2 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
1974-75
acrylic on canvas
57 1/4 x 80 1/4 inches (144.8 x 203.2 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled (Paris Series) 1983 acrylic on canvas 47 1/8 x 55 1/8 inches (119.4 x 146.1 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled (Paris Series)
1983
acrylic on canvas
47 1/8 x 55 1/8 inches (119.4 x 146.1 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 1985 acrylic on canvas 24 x 30 inches (61 x 76.2 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
1985
acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 inches (61 x 76.2 cm)

Ed Clark  Untitled  c. early 1990s  acrylic on canvas  55 1/4 x 70 1/2 inches (140.3 x 179.1 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
c. early 1990s
acrylic on canvas
55 1/4 x 70 1/2 inches (140.3 x 179.1 cm)

Ed Clark Untitled (Egyptian Series) c. 1990s acrylic on canvas 60 x 70 inches (152.4 x 177.8 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled (Egyptian Series)
c. 1990s
acrylic on canvas
60 x 70 inches (152.4 x 177.8 cm)

Ed Clark Untitled c. 1990s acrylic on unbleached canvas 50 5/8 x 62 1/8 inches (128.6 x 157.8 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
c. 1990s
acrylic on unbleached canvas
50 5/8 x 62 1/8 inches (128.6 x 157.8 cm)

Ed Clark Untitled (Bahia Series) 1991 acrylic on canvas 38 x 50 inches (95.3 x 127 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled (Bahia Series)
1991
acrylic on canvas
38 x 50 inches (95.3 x 127 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled c. 2000s acrylic on canvas 80 1/2 x 62 3/4 inches (205.7 x 160 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
c. 2000s
acrylic on canvas
80 1/2 x 62 3/4 inches (205.7 x 160 cm)

Ed Clark Untitled 2001 acrylic on canvas 36 1/8 x 48 1/4 inches (91.8 x 122.6 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2001
acrylic on canvas
36 1/8 x 48 1/4 inches (91.8 x 122.6 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2001 dry pigment on paper 29 1/4 x 41 1/2 inches (74.3 x 105.4 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2001
dry pigment on paper
29 1/4 x 41 1/2 inches (74.3 x 105.4 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2004 acrylic on canvas 77 x 51 3/8 inches (195.6 x 130.5 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2004
acrylic on canvas
77 x 51 3/8 inches (195.6 x 130.5 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled #2 (New York Series) 2004 acrylic on canvas 39 3/4 x 29 7/8 inches (101 x 75.9 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled #2 (New York Series)
2004
acrylic on canvas
39 3/4 x 29 7/8 inches (101 x 75.9 cm) 

Ed Clark Blue & Red 2005 acrylic on canvas 69 3/4 x 60 1/4 inches (177.8 x 152.4 cm)


Ed Clark
Blue & Red
2005
acrylic on canvas
69 3/4 x 60 1/4 inches (177.8 x 152.4 cm)
 

Ed Clark  Untitled  2005  acrylic on canvas  53 1/4 x 66 inches (135.3 x 167.6 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2005
acrylic on canvas
53 1/4 x 66 inches (135.3 x 167.6 cm)

Ed Clark The Tilt 2006 acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)

Ed Clark
The Tilt
2006
acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2006 acrylic on canvas 47 7/8 x 66 inches (121.6 x 167.6 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2006
acrylic on canvas
47 7/8 x 66 inches (121.6 x 167.6 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2007 acrylic on canvas 44 x 60 1/4 inches (111.8 x 149.9 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2007
acrylic on canvas
44 x 60 1/4 inches (111.8 x 149.9 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2009 acrylic on canvas 50 1/8 x 73 5/8 inches (127.3 x 187 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2009
acrylic on canvas
50 1/8 x 73 5/8 inches (127.3 x 187 cm)

Ed Clark Untitled 2009 acrylic on canvas 53 x 66 inches (133.4 x 167.6 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2009
acrylic on canvas
53 x 66 inches (133.4 x 167.6 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2013 dry pigment on paper 38 3/8 x 48 inches (96.5 x 121.9 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2013
dry pigment on paper
38 3/8 x 48 inches (96.5 x 121.9 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2013 dry pigment on paper 37 5/8 x 47 3/4 inches (95.6 x 121.3 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2013
dry pigment on paper
37 5/8 x 47 3/4 inches (95.6 x 121.3 cm)

Ed Clark  Flash  1966  acrylic on canvas  44 x 58 1/2 inches (111.8 x 149.2 cm)

Ed Clark
Flash
1966
acrylic on canvas
44 x 58 1/2 inches (111.8 x 149.2 cm)

Ed Clark  Intarsia  1970  acrylic on canvas  119 1/2 x 219 1/2 inches (303.5 x 557.5 cm)

Ed Clark
Intarsia
1970
acrylic on canvas
119 1/2 x 219 1/2 inches (303.5 x 557.5 cm)

Ed Clark Ife 1973 graphite and pastel on paper 30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Ed Clark
Ife
1973
graphite and pastel on paper
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 1974-75 acrylic on canvas 57 1/4 x 80 1/4 inches (144.8 x 203.2 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
1974-75
acrylic on canvas
57 1/4 x 80 1/4 inches (144.8 x 203.2 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled (Paris Series) 1983 acrylic on canvas 47 1/8 x 55 1/8 inches (119.4 x 146.1 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled (Paris Series)
1983
acrylic on canvas
47 1/8 x 55 1/8 inches (119.4 x 146.1 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 1985 acrylic on canvas 24 x 30 inches (61 x 76.2 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
1985
acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 inches (61 x 76.2 cm)

Ed Clark  Untitled  c. early 1990s  acrylic on canvas  55 1/4 x 70 1/2 inches (140.3 x 179.1 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
c. early 1990s
acrylic on canvas
55 1/4 x 70 1/2 inches (140.3 x 179.1 cm)

Ed Clark Untitled (Egyptian Series) c. 1990s acrylic on canvas 60 x 70 inches (152.4 x 177.8 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled (Egyptian Series)
c. 1990s
acrylic on canvas
60 x 70 inches (152.4 x 177.8 cm)

Ed Clark Untitled c. 1990s acrylic on unbleached canvas 50 5/8 x 62 1/8 inches (128.6 x 157.8 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
c. 1990s
acrylic on unbleached canvas
50 5/8 x 62 1/8 inches (128.6 x 157.8 cm)

Ed Clark Untitled (Bahia Series) 1991 acrylic on canvas 38 x 50 inches (95.3 x 127 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled (Bahia Series)
1991
acrylic on canvas
38 x 50 inches (95.3 x 127 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled c. 2000s acrylic on canvas 80 1/2 x 62 3/4 inches (205.7 x 160 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
c. 2000s
acrylic on canvas
80 1/2 x 62 3/4 inches (205.7 x 160 cm)

Ed Clark Untitled 2001 acrylic on canvas 36 1/8 x 48 1/4 inches (91.8 x 122.6 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2001
acrylic on canvas
36 1/8 x 48 1/4 inches (91.8 x 122.6 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2001 dry pigment on paper 29 1/4 x 41 1/2 inches (74.3 x 105.4 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2001
dry pigment on paper
29 1/4 x 41 1/2 inches (74.3 x 105.4 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2004 acrylic on canvas 77 x 51 3/8 inches (195.6 x 130.5 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2004
acrylic on canvas
77 x 51 3/8 inches (195.6 x 130.5 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled #2 (New York Series) 2004 acrylic on canvas 39 3/4 x 29 7/8 inches (101 x 75.9 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled #2 (New York Series)
2004
acrylic on canvas
39 3/4 x 29 7/8 inches (101 x 75.9 cm) 

Ed Clark Blue & Red 2005 acrylic on canvas 69 3/4 x 60 1/4 inches (177.8 x 152.4 cm)


Ed Clark
Blue & Red
2005
acrylic on canvas
69 3/4 x 60 1/4 inches (177.8 x 152.4 cm)
 

Ed Clark  Untitled  2005  acrylic on canvas  53 1/4 x 66 inches (135.3 x 167.6 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2005
acrylic on canvas
53 1/4 x 66 inches (135.3 x 167.6 cm)

Ed Clark The Tilt 2006 acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)

Ed Clark
The Tilt
2006
acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2006 acrylic on canvas 47 7/8 x 66 inches (121.6 x 167.6 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2006
acrylic on canvas
47 7/8 x 66 inches (121.6 x 167.6 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2007 acrylic on canvas 44 x 60 1/4 inches (111.8 x 149.9 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2007
acrylic on canvas
44 x 60 1/4 inches (111.8 x 149.9 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2009 acrylic on canvas 50 1/8 x 73 5/8 inches (127.3 x 187 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2009
acrylic on canvas
50 1/8 x 73 5/8 inches (127.3 x 187 cm)

Ed Clark Untitled 2009 acrylic on canvas 53 x 66 inches (133.4 x 167.6 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2009
acrylic on canvas
53 x 66 inches (133.4 x 167.6 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2013 dry pigment on paper 38 3/8 x 48 inches (96.5 x 121.9 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2013
dry pigment on paper
38 3/8 x 48 inches (96.5 x 121.9 cm) 

Ed Clark Untitled 2013 dry pigment on paper 37 5/8 x 47 3/4 inches (95.6 x 121.3 cm)

Ed Clark
Untitled
2013
dry pigment on paper
37 5/8 x 47 3/4 inches (95.6 x 121.3 cm)

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All Photos: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.com

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