The Music of Color: Sam Gilliam, 1967-1973

9 June - 30 September 2018

Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel.


The Music of Color: Sam Gilliam, 1967-1973, a survey exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel, has been opened on June 9 and remain on view through September 30, 2018. 

Curated by Josef Helfenstein and Jonathan Binstock, The Music of Color is Sam Gilliam's first retrospective exhibition in a European museum. The show is dedicated to a seven-year period during which Gilliam achieved some of his greatest radical breakthroughs, most notably his series of Beveled-Edge and Drape paintings. It includes 45 works borrowed from both public and private collections, some of which will be redesigned in response to the architectural context of the museum's Neubau. In addition to addressing the formal and art-historical issues raised by these paintings, the show will examine the political and cultural ramifications of their creation and Gilliam's project as a whole.

One On, 1970, acrylic on canvas, installation dimensions variable, approximate installation dimensions: 123 x 93 x 13 inches (312.4 x 236.2 x 33 cm)

An accompanying book, published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, features contributions by Josef Helfenstein, Jonathan Binstock, Sam Gilliam, Rashid Johnson, and Lynette Yiadom Boakye.


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