Sam Gilliam and Richard Forster Exhibition

The FLAG Art Foundation

poster for Sam Gilliam and Richard Forster Exhibition
[Image: Sam Gilliam "PARADE IV" (2015) (detail). Watercolor on rice paper, 76 1/4 x 41 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. Courtesy the artist and David Kordansky Gallery. Photography: Lee Thompson.]

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Created in 2019 and exhibited for the first time at FLAG, these twelve large-scale works extend Sam Gilliam’s process-based approach to abstract painting, soaking vibrant watercolor and acrylic paints along the folds and creases of Washi paper.

In thirty-five meticulous drawings, Richard Forster employs an idiosyncratic visual language to address themes of social change, nostalgia, and fear of the future, all stemming from the geopolitical climate of Brexit Britain—a nation divided along old political lines and economic fissures.

Sam Gilliam (b. 1933, Tupelo, MS) is an artist living and working in Washington, D.C. Gilliam was the subject of a solo survey exhibition at Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland, in 2018, and in the summer of 2019, a semi-permanent installation of his work will open at Dia:Beacon. In addition to a traveling retrospective organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in 2005, he has also presented solo shows at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (2011); J.B. Speed Memorial Museum, Louisville, Kentucky (1996); the Whitney Museum of American Art, Philip Morris Branch, New York (1993); the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (1982); and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1971), among many other institutions. Current and recent group exhibitions include Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983, Tate Modern (2017), which traveled to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR (2018), Brooklyn Museum (2018), and is currently on view at The Broad, Los Angeles through September 2019; Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennale (2017); Not New Now, Marrakech Biennale 6, Morocco (2016); Black: Color, Material, Concept, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015); Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Brooklyn Museum, New York (2014). Gilliam’s work is included in over fifty public collections, including those of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Richard Forster (b. 1970, Saltburn-by-the Sea, England) is an artist living and working in northern England. Recent solo exhibitions include Levittown, De la Warr Pavilion, United Kingdom (2016); Modern, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom, (2015); Fast and Slow Time, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom (2011), which traveled to The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY (2012); among others. Forster’s works has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Drawn Together Again, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY (2019); Resistance and Persistence, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2015); personal, political, mysterious, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX (2013); Drawn from Photography, The Drawing Center, New York, NY (2011); among others. His work is part of the permanent collections of include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Tate Gallery, London.



from June 06, 2019 to August 16, 2019
Summer Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm. FLAG will close July 3 at 3:30pm, will be closed July 4 and 5.

Opening Reception on 2019-06-06 from 18:00 to 20:00

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