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Starts: 02/08/06 10:00 AM
Ends:  03/31/06 05:00 PM

February 3, 2006

MEDIA CONTACT: Adela de la Torre
(202) 994-6424; adelita@gwu.edu
LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY:
(202) 994-1525

WASHINGTON ARTIST SAM GILLIAM'S WORK ON DISPLAY AT GW'S
LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY

Famed Artist's Rarely Seen Prints Showcased
Feb. 8-March 31

EVENT: 

Fifteen prints by Sam Gilliam are exhibited in Sam Gilliam: Prints from the Artist's Collection at the Luther W. Brady Gallery.

WHEN:  

Wednesday, Feb. 8, to Friday, March 31, 2006
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WHERE:  

The George Washington University
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, Media and Public Affairs Building, 2nd floor
805 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue and Orange lines)

COST:   

Free and open to the public.  For more information call (202) 994-1525.

BACKGROUND:

A show of Sam Gilliam's rarely seen prints will be exhibited in Sam Gilliam: Prints from the Artist's Collection at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery.  In this first retrospective treatment of Gilliam's printed works, the experimental quality seen throughout his painting career also is true of his prints. Sam Gilliam:  Prints from the Artist's Collection presents a selected, yet comprehensive, range of his printmaking oeuvre.  While some of his prints exhibit the irregular shapes and bold colors so characteristic of his paintings, others are cool and minimally austere.

The exhibition of 15 works of art was organized by GW's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery along with the Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, D.C., as a complement to Gilliam's recent retrospective at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  In a Wall Street Journal review of the retrospective Tom Freudenheim writes, "Throughout his career, Mr. Gilliam has investigated how colors interact, in the tradition of Hans Hofmann, to whom he often seems to be paying homage."

The accompanying catalogue to Sam Gilliam: Prints from the Artist's Collection features an essay by Ruth Fine, curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art.  She writes, "Gilliam's prints, in fact, both exploit and defy traditional printmaking methodologies as they extend his visual language."


Gilliam is well represented around the world and in local collections with works in the Tate Modern Museum in London, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., as well as a number of works in the collection of The George Washington University Permanent Collection.  Uguisu (1986) is a large acrylic on canvas plus aluminum sculptural pieces installed on the first floor of the newly renovated Norma Lee and Morton Funger Hall.  The painting was a gift of Donald A. Brown, Esq. and Mrs. Ann W. Brown.

The gallery will host an opening reception by invitation of the exhibit with Dr. Luther W. Brady and Sam Gilliam on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.  The reception will coincide with opening celebrations for the new home of the School of Business. 

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, which opened in March 2001, is the professional showcase for art at GW. Luther W. Brady (B.A. '46, M.D. '48), the gallery's namesake and benefactor, is a world-renowned oncologist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at GW. He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from GW in May 2004 and has served as a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

For more information about the University Art Galleries, call (202) 994-1525 or visit www.gwu.edu/~bradyart.
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