By Maddie Klett
SEPT 2022 | ArtSeen
The late abstractionist Sam Gilliams obsession with painting is well documented in the artists 2019 interview with Tom McGlynn in the pages of the Brooklyn Rail. Gillaim spoke about how he was both influenced by, and positioned himself in relation to, his contemporary Color Field painters Thomas Downing and Kenneth Noland. He also cites the draping studies by Albrecht Dürer and the improvisational jazz compositions of John Coltrane and Miles Davis as formative to his art making. In the 1960s he recalls beginning to stain canvases and applying acrylic paints before crumpling them upwetand re-stretching.
MARCH 2022 | In Memoriam
Anyone who has met Sylvère knows he held authority. He had clear, bold ideas, thoughts, strongly-held opinions. He had remarkable charisma. Even in his ailing days, over the last few years, any appearance of him kept everyone stillwhether people knew him or knew who he was, or whether they did not. However authority he could manifest, he stood against the very notion of authority: in his theoretical work, he embraced Deleuzes rhizome.