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Sam Gilliam
Art Ramp Angle Brown
1978
acrylic and oil enamel
35 7/8 x 242 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program



Inspired by laundry hanging on clotheslines near his Washington studio, Sam Gilliam abandoned the traditional stretcher and frame and began to drape large, paint-stained canvases. Here, overlapping panels of awning fabric create an open grid through which wind could pass when the painting was exhibited in its original installation, suspended from a ramp outdoors. The title describes the work's location, shape, and dominant color.