Wall Circle I
© Sam Gilliam / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Shaped canvas with 3 separate, overlapping canvases. Painted in greens, yellows and reds. Work is composed of 3 unique objects.
Working within the tradition of postwar abstraction and inspired by the overall approach of the Washington Color School artists, a loosely knit group of innovative artists that also included Asheville native Kenneth Noland, Gilliam has consistently extended the vocabulary of abstract painting. He has had a long fascination with the physical properties of pigment and its potential to function not just as a vehicle for color but to also serve as an integral part in shaping a sculptural object. Challenging common definitions of what a painting can be, Wall Circle I uses staining, draping, cutting, and folding to create a luminous, structured form. Shaped like a cape but installed on the wall, it expands the windowlike confines of the traditional picture plane into an encompassing, vibrantly colored form.
Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2021
Type: Catalogue Entry
Written by: Terrie Sultan
- Intersections in American Art , 9/11/2019 - 00/00/00
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