New York

Sam Gilliam

Nov 6–Dec 23, 2020

Featuring a selection of sculptural works and paintings that break aesthetically from the artist’s canonical Drape paintings, this exhibition continues Gilliam’s pioneering practice in which experimentation is the only constant.

This presentation comes in advance of the artist’s solo exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., in Spring 2022, Gilliam’s first retrospective in over 15 years, tracing his six-decade career—works from this exhibition at Pace Gallery will also be included in the Hirshhorn show, representative of his contemporary practice.

Exhibition Details

Sam Gilliam
Nov 6 – Dec 23, 2020


510 & 540 West 25th Street
New York


Sam Gilliam

Sam Gilliam is one the great innovators in postwar American painting. He emerged from the Washington, D.C. scene in the mid 1960s with works that elaborated upon and disrupted the ethos of Color School painting.

A series of formal breakthroughs would soon result in his canonical Drape paintings, which expanded upon the tenets of Abstract Expressionism in entirely new ways. Suspending stretcherless lengths of painted canvas from the walls or ceilings of exhibition spaces, Gilliam transformed his medium and the contexts in which it was viewed.

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New York — Sam Gilliam, Nov 6–Dec 23, 2020