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Cloud Kilimanjaro

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Cloud Kilimanjaro

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Sam Gilliam
American, born 1933

Date

1970

Medium

Acrylic on canvas

Accession #

1993.146

Dimensions

65 x 65 x 16 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Best known for freeing canvas from the boundaries of the stretcher, Sam Gilliam pioneered “drape” paintings, which hang against a wall from one or more points at the top of the canvas. An investigation of dimensionality in abstract painting, this innovative technique earned Gilliam a place in modern American art—this newfound orientation of the canvas allowed viewers to encounter the work from all angles. Cloud Kilimanjaro is fixed to the wall with a single nail so that its shape evokes the African mountain referenced in its title.

Credit

Gift of Dorothy Butler Gilliam in memory of her parents, Adee Conklin Butler and Jessie Norment Butler

Image Copyright

© Sam Gilliam