Friday, March 6, 2020

Sam Gilliam at the de Young

My favorite thing at the Soul of a Nation show at the de Young was this enormous piece by Sam Gilliam. In the 1960s, Gilliam started painting canvases without stretcher bars, draping his paintings into something more like sculptural objects, rather than flat rectangles on the wall. This one was enormous and insanely beautiful. I was shocked that I had never heard of this artist or seen his innovative work before. But then again, I was not so shocked after all -- Black artists having been shamefully omitted from the Modern Art cannon. Nevertheless my heart leapt getting to see it now.

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