Ed Clark - Art for One Drop New York Friday, September 21, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Courtesy of the Artist and Tilton Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Adelphi, University of Maryland University College Art Gallery, The Language of Abstraction: Ed Clark, Richard W. Franklin, and Kenneth Young, March 4 - June 24, 2018, p. 23 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ed Clark has lived and worked in New York City for much of his career. Clark joined the Air Force and served in the South Pacific during World War II, after which he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and later the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, France with the aid of the GI Bill. Known for his powerful brush stroke, large-scale canvases, and his use of color, his work has drawn accolades internationally for five decades. Clark is also the first painter credited with working on a shaped canvas, an innovation that influenced contemporary art through the 1950s and 1960s.

  • Artist Biography

    Ed Clark

    American • 1926 - 2019

    Born in pre-Civil Rights era New Orleans, Clark joined the Air Force at age 17 and served in Guam during World War II. Afterwards, he utilized the GI Bill by enrolling in the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and later the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. Perceiving that his race would impact the future of his career less in France than in the United States – he noted that “The French never put race on ID cards”– Clark decided to reside in Paris even after the expiration of his GI bill before settling in New York in the late 1950s.

    Though associated with Abstract Expressionism, Ed Clark continuously and audaciously transformed his artistic language over a career spanning six decades. His experiments with color, form, and shaped canvas are a testament to his restless inventiveness, a quality inspired by the cultures of the many places he’s resided in and traveled to, including New York, Paris, Morocco, Brazil, Greece, Yucatan, Martinique, Nigeria, and China. From his figurative works to his egg-shaped abstract pieces, Clark has always imbued his art with a delicate balance of colorful energy and peaceful tranquility.

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acrylic on canvas
57 x 45 1/4 in. (144.8 x 114.9 cm.)
Painted in 1990, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $198,000

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Art for One Drop

New York Charity Auction 21 September 2018