Jessica Bell Brown

  • passages December 19, 2019

    Ed Clark (1926–2019)

    HISTORICAL AMNESIA will have us forget that, as a painter, Ed Clark was always on the inside. Touted as one of the few black painters known to be adjacent to the Abstract Expressionist movement, Clark advanced gestural painting into the arena of the sublime.

    After pocketing the GI Bill money from his World War II service in Guam, the artist sailed across the Atlantic in 1952, making his entrée as a painter in Paris at a moment when New York had deposed his new city as the epicenter of the global art world. He experienced James Baldwin’s Paris with Beauford Delaney and returned to paint in New


    Curated by Courtney J. Martin

    After completing a series of hard-edge abstractions that placed him alongside the Washington Color School in the early 1960s, iconic American painter Sam Gilliam experimented with soak-staining his canvases, taking the works off the stretcher, and suspending them from the wall or ceiling. This August, Dia:Beacon will exhibit one of these large-scale works, Carousel II, 1969, which will fill an entire industrial-size gallery. The artist’s Dia debut, organized by Gilliam in collaboration with outgoing chief curator Courtney J. Martin, will also feature a selection of