We are honored to announce representation of Sam Gilliam, marking the first time the artist will be represented by a New York-based gallery in his six-decade career. Pace has long-championed an innovative and boundary-breaking approach to painting from the work of artists like Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, and Robert Ryman, among many others. Gilliam’s enduring dedication to expanding the very idea of what painting can be is a vital part of this history. Pace will work in close collaboration with David Kordansky, whose Los Angeles-based gallery has represented Gilliam for many years.
"Sam Gilliam has been a radical and influential artist since his works first appeared on the scene in the mid-sixties. Inventing the path by which the canvas was freed of its support, he transformed the possibilities of picture maxking internationally. Draping the canvases in space, they invoke natural phenomena, like experiencing the Aurora Borealis…folded, tied, and clinging to the wall like giant butterflies—Sam is relentless in his search for beauty.”—Arne Glimcher, Pace Gallery Founder