Saturday, March 11, 2006

Sam Gilliam, a nice surprise




[please pardon the quaility of the pictures, my cell phone camera is a poor replacement for a digital camera]

Viewing the different exhibitions around town the past week, I was surprised that I was able to see a number of works by artist Sam Gilliam. It is my opinion that he is one of the most under-rated artists working today. Perhaps he is now getting more of the recognition he deserves. A good sign of this is the fact that at three different venues in Indianapolis, of all places, we can go and see examples of his work. Only a few internationally recognized artists might get this type of exposure in our city. With a large drape painting hanging in the IMA, two nice pieces from the Thompson collection showing at the Herron School of Art (one of which is a collaboration with artist Richard Hunt), and several prints of his are being shown at Ruschman Gallery. All this, after the first full-career retrospective of Sam Gilliam and the most extensive presentation of his work to date at the Corcoran. For anyone who is a fan of abstract art, I would recommend checking out these works while they are being shown. For those who would like to know a bit more about him, check out this video interview (in 6 parts).

1 Responses to “Sam Gilliam, a nice surprise”

q said...
March 20, 2006 at 8:44 PM

The 3 Sam Gilliam pieces at Ruschman are all worth extended viewing in my opinion. The show in general is outstanding! Suzanne Caporeal had great, although quiet, pieces too. Judy Pfaff could have been given less space though.

Make a trip quick.


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