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Ruby and Ossie

Artist
Sam Gilliam, American, born 1933
Date
2000
Material
Acrylic on plywood with metal hardware
Made in
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Sculpture
Current Location
On View, Gallery 235
Dimensions
58 1/2 × 23 1/2 × 10 in. (148.6 × 59.7 × 25.4 cm)
Credit Line
The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie
Rights
© Sam Gilliam / David Kordansky Gallery
Object Number
188:2017
NOTES
In this work, flowing passages of color interact with elliptical voids cut to reveal the space behind. In addition, the panel’s right side, mounted on a hinge, pivots forward. This interaction with the surrounding space continues Sam Gilliam’s longstanding interest in the sculptural qualities of painting, which began to occupy his art during the 1960s. Following his earlier canvas-based “drape” paintings on view nearby, Gilliam turned to industrial materials such as plywood and metal after completing several large-scale public installations in the 1980s. These projects inspired the artist to investigate architectural considerations of construction and assembly.
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