Oral history interview with Sam Gilliam

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.gillia89
Creators:
Gilliam, Sam, 1933-
Forgey, Benjamin, art critic
Dates:
1989 Nov. 4-11
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
4 Items
Sound recording
sound cassettes
54 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Sam Gilliam conducted 1989 Nov. 4-11, by Ben Forgey for the Archives of American Art. Gilliam speaks of his decision to come to Washington, D.C., from Louisville, Ky.; his shift from figurative painting to abstract painting; meeting Washington painters Robert Gates and Tom Downing; the "stature" of Tom Downing in the Washington art scene in the 1960s and Walter Hopps' role; influential exhibitions at the Jefferson Place Gallery and the Washington Gallery of Modern Art; being a Washington artist and a black artist; artist/teachers at American University; the Johnson Avenue Workshop grant; his relationship with Rockne Krebs; the history of the Washington Coalition of Artists; the Corcoran Gallery and the Washington Project for the Arts' relationship to Washington artists; his involvement with the District of Columbia Art Center; teaching; and his working methods. Gilliam also discusses various paintings, processes, materials, ideas and experiments at length. He recalls Gene Davis, Howard Mehring, Ken Noland, Morris Louis, Nesta Dorrance, Alma Thomas, Lou Stovall, Al Nodal, Jock Reynolds, Michael Botwinick, Willem de Looper, Paul Reed, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Sam Gilliam (1933- ) was a painter of Washington, D.C.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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Art -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Technique Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American painters -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Downing, Thomas, 1928-1985 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hopps, Walter Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Krebs, Rockne, 1938-2011 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Corcoran Gallery of Art Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
District of Columbia Arts Center, Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jefferson Place Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washington Coalition of Artists Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washington Gallery of Modern Art (Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washington Project for the Arts (D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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