Tholos Revisited VIII
Favorite lot
View in Room

Create your first list.

A way to share and manage lots.

  • Provenance

    Middendorf/Lane Gallery, Washington, D.C.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in December 1982

  • Exhibited

    New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Red & Black to "D": Paintings by Sam Gilliam, November 15, 1982 - February 27, 1983, no. 11

  • Artist Bio

    Sam Gilliam

    American • 1933

    “At Age 84, ‘Living Legend’ Sam Gilliam Is Enjoying His Greatest Renaissance Yet” – so read the headline of a January 2, 2018 artnet article covering the all-time high of Sam Gilliam’s critical and market attention. More than 40 years years since Gilliam became the first African American artist to represent the United States at the Venice Bienniale in 1972, the abstract painter’s career has been catapulted to widespread acclaim. In 2016, a major new commission, Yet I Do Marvel, debuted in the lobby of the highly anticipated National Museum of African American History and Culture in his hometown of Washington, DC, and in 2017 he made his return to the Venice Biennale with his brilliantly colored, unstretched canvas Yves Klein Blue that welcomed visitors to the Giardini’s main pavilion. Most recently, his work has been included in Soul of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, the landmark exhibition organized by the Tate Modern, London, that will travel to the Broad Museum in Los Angeles after closing at the Brooklyn Museum in February 2019.

    Gilliam’s innovations from the late 1960s and early 1970s cemented his reputation as one of the most preeminent artists associated with the Washington Color School. Characteristically pushing his medium to its very limits, Gilliam experimented with color, process and materiality like earlier Color Field artists Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland, but took a radically different path in his dismantling of the canvas stretcher. He first rose to fame in the late 1960s with his drape paintings, which came out of his experiments with unsupported canvases – works he said were partly inspired by watching women hang laundry on clotheslines from his studio window in Washington, DC. In 1967, he began creating his slices, or bevelled-edge paintings, which saw him pour paint onto unstretched and unprimed canvases and then fold and crumple the fabric before stretching it on a frame. Since then, he has produced considerable bodies of work, ranging from geometric collage, etchings, watercolors, and quilted paintings to more recent forays into computer generated images and assemblage.

    View More Works

125

Tholos Revisited VIII

signed, titled and dated "Tholos Revisited VIII 1982 Sam Gilliam" on the reverse; further titled "Tholos Revisited VIII" on the reverse of the aluminum element
acrylic, aluminum and collage on canvas
33 x 42 in. (83.8 x 106.7 cm.)
Executed in 1982.

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 

sold for $47,500

Contact Specialist
John McCord
Head of Day Sale
New York
+1 212 940 1261

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 17 May 2017