Director's Circle Lecture on Sam Gilliam and Color

Jonathan P. Binstock

Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director at the Memorial Art Gallery | November 5, 2019

Sam Gilliam (U.S., b. 1933) has been at the forefront of the evolution of painting for more than 50 years. In 1968 Gilliam jettisoned the wooden stretcher bars from his paintings and allowed his vivid, sometimes ecstatic rushes of color-stained canvas to hang, billow, and swing through space like drapery. His idea that painting could be sculptural and even theatrical radically distinguished him from his contemporaries.