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Untitled

A work made of oil on canvas and paper, on wood.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas and paper, on wood.

Date:

1957

Artist:

Ed Clark
American, 1926-2019

About this artwork

A native of New Orleans, Ed Clark grew up in Chicago and spent the early 1950s in Paris, supported by a G.I. Bill scholarship. In Paris he turned emphatically toward abstraction: “It struck me that if I paint a person—no matter how I do it—it is a lie. The truth is in the physical brushstroke and the subject of the painting is the pain itself.”

After five years overseas, Clark moved to New York City, where in 1957 he began to show works often acknowledged as the first “shaped” paintings. Here collaged elements break the traditional rectangular limits of the canvas, carrying the dynamism of Clark’s brushstrokes into the spaces beyond.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Edward Clark

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Date

1957

Medium

Oil on canvas and paper, on wood

Dimensions

116.84 × 139.70 cm (46 × 55 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of an anonymous donor; Samuel A. Marx Endowment

Reference Number

1999.243

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