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"A" and the Carpenter I

A photograph of a gallery installation. The installation is a dyed canvas draped over two wooden sawhorses. The colorful canvas is almost sculptural, folded and bunched in space on top of the sawhorses.
© Sam Gilliam / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A photograph of a gallery installation. The installation is a dyed canvas draped over two wooden sawhorses. The colorful canvas is almost sculptural, folded and bunched in space on top of the sawhorses.

Date:

1973

Artist:

Sam Gilliam
American, 1933-2022

About this artwork

With an artistic career spanning more than six decades, abstract painter Sam Gilliam has continually pushed the boundaries of color and form. Associated with the Washington Color School movement, it was in the early 1960s when Gilliam began staining unprimed and unstretched canvases with diluted acrylic paint rather than using traditional brushstroke techniques. By the end of the 1960s, he started experimenting with crumpling, folding, and draping these canvases before arranging them in site-specific spaces or wrapping them around variably shaped framed stretchers to dispense a more sculptural approach. The malleability of these canvases echoes the fluidity of the paint and vice versa. A quintessential work, “A” and the Carpenter I is a painting on a grand scale, and yet, like a stained drop cloth slung across two sawhorses, it evokes a snapshot of the artist’s studio.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Sam Gilliam

Title

"A" and the Carpenter I

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

1973

Medium

Acrylic and canvas draped over wooden sawhorses

Dimensions

Install (floor) 243.84 × 335.28 cm (96 × 132 in.) size varies with installation

Credit Line

Twentieth-Century Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1973.681

Copyright

© Sam Gilliam / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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