The Petition

Copied Sam Gilliam, The Petition, 1990, mixed media, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James F. Dicke Family, 2006.38A-G, © 1990, Sam Gilliam

Artwork Details

Title
The Petition
Artist
Date
1990
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
assembled: 966032 in. (243.8152.481.3 cm)
Copyright
© 1990, Sam Gilliam
Credit Line
Gift of the James F. Dicke Family
Mediums Description
mixed media
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
2006.38A-G

Artwork Description

Gilliam laid down thick paint color over color and then raked the surface to reveal the multiple hues beneath. Edges are crisp and three-dimensional. Arches intersect and reach out, articulating positive form and empty space before spiraling back to draw the viewer into the work’s industrial physicality. The Petition reflects a world created by man. Its materials – sheet metal, aluminum honeycomb, and industrial-weight paint – allowed no accidents in its construction.


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