The Petition

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

Exhibition Label
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.


African Amderican Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Title
The Petition
Artist
Date
1990
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
assembled: 96 x 60 x 32 in. (243.8 x 152.4 x 81.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James F. Dicke Family

Mediums Description
mixed media
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
2006.38A-G
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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