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Daily Red

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Sam Gilliam
wood, acrylic, metal
86 1/4 × 52 3/8 × 12 3/16 in. (219 × 133 × 31 cm)
Though Washington, DC artist Sam Gilliam is best known for his deconstructed canvases—an artistic innovation that blurred the boundary between painting and sculpture—his later works often explore painted three-dimensional forms. Many of this sculpture’s plywood boards, painted in blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, and gray, feature circle, square, or oval cut-outs. Fragments of painted and unpainted boards are visible through the holes, and their three-dimensional arrangement creates depth and complexity. The stacking and collaging of plywood in this work can be seen as a continuation of Gilliam’s cut and quilted canvases of the 1970s and 80s.The title, “Daily Red,” asserts that like bread, color is an important source of nourishment in Gilliam’s work.
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