Sam Gilliam

Just In: A Seminal Work by Sam Gilliam

January 22, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

An important acrylic on canvas from the pioneering painter Sam Gilliam goes to auction on February 21, 2016. On Blue (1967), a work dominated by purple, Gilliam’s favorite color, represents a pivotal step towards his groundbreaking “drape paintings.” Beginning in 1968, Gilliam stopped using wooden frame reinforcements, giving him the freedom to explore cloth’s sculptural possibilities.

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: Shades of Red

October 10, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

A bird’s eye view of the showroom reveals an impressive variety of colors, materials, and genres in the 533 lots on offer at this Sunday’s Modern Art & Design Auction. One shade, namely, that variously seductive, alarming, conspicuous hue of red, stands out amidst the crowd, and that is the topic of Peter’s Picks for today. For the October 12, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, LAMA will be presenting work with the bold inclusion of the color red from esteemed, canonical artists such as Jeff Koons, John Altoon, Richard Pettibone, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, Sam Gilliam, Matt Mullican, and Eero Saarinen.

Sam Gilliam: Beyond the Canvas

February 5, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The upcoming February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction features the acrylic painting Live by the pioneering multimedia painter Sam Gilliam. Gilliam was a pivotal player in the Washington School Movement of the 1950s and 60s, and made considerable contributions to the Color Field Movement. In 1968, Sam Gilliam was the first recognized artist to stop using canvas stretchers as a means of reinforcement in favor of the solitary, painted, raw surface. In the 1970s, Gilliam was determined to work with beveled canvas stretchers to facilitate the idea of the painting as a dimensional object, resulting in the vibrant work, Live from 1972.

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