Sam Gilliam: Interview

Sam Gilliam, Carousel, 1969, acrylic on canvas (Walker Museum, Minneapolis, cour
Sam Gilliam, Carousel, 1969, acrylic on canvas (Walker Museum, Minneapolis, courtesy of the artist)

Jennifer Samet interviews painter Sam Gilliam.

In her introduction Samet notes: "Although Gilliam is best known for his 'Drape' paintings—unstretched canvases stained in vibrant pigments and extended into three-dimensional space—the surfaces of the paintings he has made over a fifty-plus-year career are actually quite diverse. They include the “Black” and “White” paintings: dense thickets of monochrome paint, with collaged, cut and reused canvas additions. Gilliam has also worked extensively with multi-panel paintings in enamel on aluminum with plywood structures."