Oct 07, 2021 - Sale 2581

Sale 2581 - Lot 158

Price Realized: $ 100,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 50,000 - $ 70,000
SAM GILLIAM (1933 - )
Red Rouge.

Acrylic on canvas and primed aluminum construction, with wood support structure, 1989. 1689x1854x533 mm; 66 1/2x73 1/2x21 inches. Signed, dated and titled in ink on the mount, verso.

Provenance: purchased directly from the artist; private collection, Maryland.

This significant construction by Sam Gilliam epitomizes his trailblazing blending of abstract painting and sculpture in the late 1980s. Similarly constructed works by Gilliam from 1989 include Fine as a Cobweb, the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and Waking Up in the Hallmark Art Collection. At the same time, Gilliam began utilizing similar three-dimensional constructions for his public commissions, including the 1989 work CAAM Hues at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. From 1985-1989, Sam Gilliam was also teaching as a professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Binstock pp. 165-166.