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Ed Clark - Untitled, 1978












Artwork Detail:

Artist: Ed Clark

Title: Untitled, 1978

Medium: acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Size: 65.98 x 77.01in. (167.6 x 195.6 cm.)


About Ed Clark:

About Ed Born in New Orleans in 1926 and raised in Chicago, Clark emerged in the 1950s as a pioneer of the New York School. Over the course of seven decades, his experimentations with pure color, abstract form, and the seductive materiality of paint have yielded an oeuvre of remarkable originality, extending the language of American abstraction. Clark’s breakthroughs have an important place in the story of modern and contemporary art: In the late 1950s he was the first American artist credited with exhibiting a shaped canvas, an innovation that continues to reverberate today. His search for a means to breach the limitations of the conventional paintbrush led him to use a push broom to apply pigment to canvas laid out on the floor. Defying the discreet categories of gestural and hard-edged abstraction, Clark has masterfully interwoven both into a unique form of expressionism – literally sweeping his medium into an atmospheric, emotive, and ultimately exuberant art.

Resource: Hauser & Wirth


In loving memory of Ed Clark 1926 – 2019

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