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Sam Gilliam

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

These remarks are apposite to the draped and speckled color paintings, Sam Gilliam’s project for the smaller downstairs exhibition rooms at the Museum of Modern Art which have become, since this past summer, perhaps the museum’s most interesting exhibition halls, what with Mel Bochner following Keith Sonnier and Gilliam now following Bochner in this space. I note the architectural problem presented by these rooms because each of the artists has attempted to answer in some way the architectural riddle posed by them, solutions which have been reported on at length in Artforum.

Gilliam has made a kind of snaking bunting or twisted banner sequence for the corridor. The generally baroque configuration of his work with its reliance on knotting and large tying indicates that Gilliam’s solution is the one most immediate to conception of the architecture of the room which functions (in relation to

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