David Kordansky Gallery presents ONE of two David Gilliam exhibitions at its Los Angeles gallery. David Kordansky Gallery and Pace Gallery present Sam Gilliam: The Last Five Years, a two-part exhibition of paintings created by Gilliam between 2018 and 2022. This exhibition will remain on view in all three spaces at its Los Angeles location through March 3, 2024.
David Kordansky Gallery Sam Gilliam
Sam Gilliam: The Last Five Years features works from Gilliam’s Drape series, as well as a selection of watercolors. Pace’s presentation, which was on view in New York through October 28, 2023, focused on the artist’s beveled-edge canvases. Both presentations also include Gilliam’s tondo paintings, a format that he explored in depth in the final chapter of his career. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue produced jointly by Pace Publishing as well as David Kordansky Gallery. The catalogue features a new critical essay by curator and art historian Lowery Stokes Sims.
Sam Gilliam: The Last Five Years
The exhibition exudes a sense of discovery that accompanied every phase of Gilliam’s long career. This discovery seemed to increase even more at the end of his life since he found new possibilities in some of his most enduring formal vocabularies. It also documents the comprehensive way in which Gilliam surveyed his own artmaking. Thus each addition to his total body of work not only added to his range, but served as a reassessment and reconsideration of everything that came before.
“It has been instructive and inspiring to think about the generous works Sam made in the last five years of his life, when he was as restless and innovative as at any other point in his career,” said David Kordansky. “For Sam, there was always more to do, in art and in life, and he had no qualms about his faith in art as a human endeavor that changes the world. The Drape paintings in this exhibition, for instance, symbolize radical, inclusive, and challenging ways of being together. They are among the most moving and electric paintings he ever made.”
On view: January 12, 2024 – March 3, 2024
What: Sam Gilliam: The Last Five Years
Where: David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 W. Edgewood Pl., LA, 90019
When: Running through March 3, 2024
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