Created by Ed Clark. Oval-shaped abstract acrylic painting with large horizontal brush strokes and three fields of color. The canvas, shaped like a horizontal ellipse, is covered by three main fields of color: orange-red at the top, blue-green in the middle, and pink at the bottom.
Created by Ed Clark. Oval-shaped abstract acrylic painting with large horizontal brush strokes and three fields of color. The canvas, shaped like a horizontal ellipse, is covered by three main fields of color: orange-red at the top, blue-green in the middle, and pink at the bottom.
 
 
 
 

 

Current

New Orleans Series #5, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 51 1/4 inches
New Orleans Series #5, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 51 1/4 inches
untitled, 2009 (52x66in)
untitled, 2009 (52x66in)
pink wave, 2006, (84x72in)
pink wave, 2006, (84x72in)
creation, 2006 (72x84in)
creation, 2006 (72x84in)
Untitled, 2005, Acrylic on canvas, 53 1/4 x 66 inches
Untitled, 2005, Acrylic on canvas, 53 1/4 x 66 inches
louisiana red, 2004 (67x72in)
louisiana red, 2004 (67x72in)
grey stretch, 2004 (58x72in)
grey stretch, 2004 (58x72in)
pink and black, 2002 (36x48in)
pink and black, 2002 (36x48in)
Untitled, 2001 (64.5x81.24in)
Untitled, 2001 (64.5x81.24in)

Mid-Career

untitled paris series 1998 (70x78.375in)
untitled paris series 1998 (70x78.375in)
untitled egyptian series, 1998 (100x83in)
untitled egyptian series, 1998 (100x83in)
montmartre (paris series) 1995 (64.75x78.5in)
montmartre (paris series) 1995 (64.75x78.5in)
paris series (66.5x70.5in) 1993
paris series (66.5x70.5in) 1993
paris gothic, 1993 (70.5x66.5in)
paris gothic, 1993 (70.5x66.5in)
chablis blue #7, 1989 (22x27.5in)
chablis blue #7, 1989 (22x27.5in)
red, 1988 (54x67.5in)
red, 1988 (54x67.5in)
yenom #9, 1970 72x113.5in)
yenom #9, 1970 72x113.5in)
moroccan series, 1970 (36x46in)
moroccan series, 1970 (36x46in)

Early

the circle, 1968 (72in diameter)
the circle, 1968 (72in diameter)
The Big Egg, 1968 (64.5x83in)
The Big Egg, 1968 (64.5x83in)
pink maple, 1962 (72x76in)
pink maple, 1962 (72x76in)
blue force, 1960 (74x82in)
blue force, 1960 (74x82in)
Winter Bitch, 1959, Acrylic on canvas, 77 x 77 inches
Winter Bitch, 1959, Acrylic on canvas, 77 x 77 inches
untitled, 1957 (55x46in)
untitled, 1957 (55x46in)
untitled paris, 1952 (31x25in)
untitled paris, 1952 (31x25in)
the city, 1952 (51x78.5in)
the city, 1952 (51x78.5in)
portrait of muriel, 1952 (25.5x20in)
portrait of muriel, 1952 (25.5x20in)
self-portrait, 1949-1951 (14.5x11.5in)
self-portrait, 1949-1951 (14.5x11.5in)

 

 

 

Edward Clark is an abstract painter whose work has drawn accolades internationally for five decades. He is the first painter credited with working on a shaped canvas, an innovation that influenced contemporary art through the 1950s and 1960s. He is also known for his powerful brush stroke, large-scale canvases, and especially, his use of color.

Clark with Sister Shirley (1929)

Born in the Storyville section of New Orleans in 1926, Ed Clark studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1947 to 1951 and L’Academie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris in 1952. Clark received encouragement from two of his instructors, Louis Ritman at the Art Institute of Chicago and Edouard Goerg at the Grande Chaumière. However, the young Clark’s work was most strongly influenced by Nicolas de Staël’s painting “The Football Game” which was exhibited at “Salon d’Automne” in 1952.

Clark with John Earnest and friend, Paris (1952)

Clark with artist Joan Mitchell, Vetheuil (1985)

After living for five years in Paris, Clark came to New York and became a charter member of the Brata gallery on Tenth Street, where artists like George Sugarman, Sal Romano, Al Held, John Krushenick, and Ronald Bladen were shown. It was during this period that he made his celebrated shaped canvas, which appeared in the Brata gallery Christmas group show in 1957. The painting was later to be described in a 1972 Art News article by Lawrence Campbell as generally considered to be the first of its kind.

From left Clark, Herbert Gentry, Jacob Lawrence, Scunder and Vincent Smith, New York (1989)

With artist Yayoi Kusama, Tokyo (1998)

Another early shaped painting made by Clark in 1957 is now in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Clark made his first oval painting while living in Vétheuil, France (early home of Claude Monet) in 1968. This was almost a decade after Clark first started using his push broom technique, which allows him to move paint swiftly across the canvas, creating broad bold strokes.

Clark with collector Reginald Lewis, Paris (1988)

Clark has always been an inventive and creative artist, experimenting with techniques, like his innovative use of the push broom, for example, and his method of working on paper with dry pigment, inspired by the “pouring sand” technique of the Pueblo tribe of the American Southwest.

Clark with daughter Melanca and granddaughter Nyla, New York (2013)

Clark has won multiple awards including the Art Institute of Chicago’s Legends and Legacy Award (2013), Rush Philanthropic Arts’ Art for Life Honored Artist Award (2000), the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant (1998), the United States Congressional Achievement Award (1994), the National Endowment for the Arts’ Master Award (1972), and Musée des Arts Decoratifs’ Prix d’Othon Friesz (1955).

 

 

Current/ Upcoming Exhibitions

 

Impulse

Pace Gallery, London

November 3, 2017 – December 22, 2017

 

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Tate Modern, London (June 12, 2017-Oct. 22, 2017)

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville (Feb. 3, 2018 – April 23, 2018)

The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn (Sept. 7, 2018- Feb. 3, 2019)

 

Past Exhibitions (selected)

2017

Ed Clark, Weiss Gallery, Berlin

Edward Clark: Paintings, Tilton Gallery, New York

Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965, Grey Art Gallery, New York

2016

Ed Clark, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit

2015

Ed Clark: Locomotion, N’Namdi Contemporary, Miami

Works on Paper, Greene Naftali, New York

2014

Unveiled, University of Maryland University College, Marlboro

Ed Clark: A Thousand Lights of Sun, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles

Ed Clark: Big Bang, Tilton Gallery, New York

Beyond the Spectrum: Abstraction in African American Art, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York

2013

50 Years of Abstraction, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit

Blues for Smoke, Whitney Museum, New York, Wesner Center for the Arts, Columbus

Le Mouvement: The Ed Clark Retrospective, N’Namdi Contemporary, Miami

2012

Louisiana Roots: Ed Clark Returns Home, Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans

The Lure of Paris, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York

2011

Ed Clark, The Search: A Sixty Year Retrospective, The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit

Beyond Black: Ed Clark, Eugene Martin and John T. Scott, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge

Abstract Relations, Driskell Center at University of Delaware, Newark

2010

African American Abstract Masters, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York

Flow, Rush Arts Gallery, New York

Masters for the First Family, Parish Gallery, Washington

2009

Wiser Than God vs. Younger Than Jesus, BLT Gallery, New York

Forms of Abstraction, Walk Tall Gallery, East Hampton

2008

Ed Clark: For the Sake of the Search, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola

2007

Rebirth, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, New York

2006

Something to Look Forward To, The Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster

2004

From Paris to New York, Parish Gallery, Washington

2003

Ed Clark: Paris/New York: Le Mouvement, G. R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago

No Greater Love: Abstraction, Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery, New York

2002

Quiet as it’s Kept, Christine Koenig Gallery Vienna, Austria

Mexican Series, Peg Alston Fine Art, New York
Midi Series–Chasing the Sun, G.R.N’Namdi Gallery, Detroit

2001

Homage to the Year of the Dragon, China Series
G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago
Homage to the Year of the Dragon, China Series
G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Birmingham

2000

Special Preview of Clark’s Recent Works: From Sicily to Egypt
The Launching of the Book Edward Clark: For the Sake of the Search, Loida Nicolas Lewis & TLC Beatrice International;
Cinque Gallery; New York

1998

Sweeps &Views; Clark & Cowans, Rush Arts Gallery, New York
Egyptian Series, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago, Birmingham

1997

Explorations in the City of Lights: African-American Artists in Paris, 1945-1975, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York

1996

G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Birmingham, MI

A.F.T.U. Bill Hodges Gallery, New York
Syracuse University, Syracuse

1994

Alitash Kebede Fine Arts, Los Angeles

1993

Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York

1992

The Search for Freedom: African-American Abstraction 1945-1975, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York

1991

Galerie Resche, Paris, France

Spiral Gallery, Brooklyn
Isobel Neal Gallery, Chicago
FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris, France
G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Birmingham

1990

Gallery Kesser-Bohbot, Hamburg, Germany

1989

Manhattan East Gallery of Fine Arts, New York

1988

Alitash Kebede Fine Arts, Los Angeles
Gallery 54, New York,

1986

Randall Gallery, New York

1983

Randall Gallery, New York

1982

Citicorp Center, New York
Jazzonia Gallery, Detroit, MI

1981

Retrospective, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro

1980

Randall Gallery, New York

1979

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

1978

Peg Alston Arts, New York

1977

Sullivant Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus

1976

James Yu Gallery, New York

1975

South Houston Gallery, New York

1974

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

Lehman College, New York

141 Prince Street, New York

1972

Donald Judd’s Loft, New York

1971

American Embassy, Paris, France

1969

Galerie Creuze, Paris, France

1966

Brata Gallery, New York

1958

Galerie Creuze, Paris, France

1955

YMCA, Chicago

 

 

 

COLLECTIONS

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
California Afro-American Museum, Los Angeles
Centro de Arte Moderno, Guadalajara, Mexico
Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit
James E. Lewis Museum, Morgan State College, Baltimore
Kresge Museum, Kalamazoo
Louisiana State University, New Orleans
Mott-Warsh Collection, Flint
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, Bahia, Brazil
Museum Solidarity, Titograd, Yugoslavia
Pérez Art Museum, Miami
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Syracuse University, Syracuse
The John and Mable Ringling Museum, Sarasota
The New York Public Library Schomburg Center, New York
University of Kentucky, Lexington
University of Maryland University College, Marlboro

 

 

PRESS

 

Articles

 

The Second Generation Abstract Expressionist Ed Clark, John Yau, Hyperallergic (Jan. 29, 2017)                                                                                          

Ed Clark: Locomotion. A Life in the Arts, Jeff Edwards, Art Pulse Magazine (2016)   

 

Edward Clark by Jack Whitten, BOMB’s Oral History Project (2014)       

 

As a Painter Grows Older, His Creativity Endures, Rachel L. Swarns, The New York Times (Feb. 23, 2014)

 

David Hammons Curates Edward Clark, Brian Boucher, Art in America (2014)             

 

A History Waiting to be Written: Ed Clark’s High-Spirited, Abstract Paintings, John Yau, Hyperallergic (2014)

 

The Long Sweep. A Conversation with Ed Clark about His 60-Plus Years in the Art World, Jeff Edwards, Art Pulse Magazine (2013)              

 

Ed Clark: Masters of Abstract Expressionism, Jenna Bond-Louden, Ebony (2012)   

 

Artist on Artist: Ron Bechet on Ed Clark, Ron Bechet, Pelican Bomb (2011)

 

Art News, Margaret Hawkins, (2003)

 

Quiet as it’s Kept Exhibition Catalogue, Vienna, Geoffrey Jacques (2002)

 

Ed Clark and the Abstract Shaped Canvas: A Memoir, Anita Feldman, Edward Clark: For the Sake of the Search (1997)

 

Ed Clark and I, Ted Joans, Edward Clark: for the Sake of the Search (1997)

 

Ed Alert: Chicago Roots Revived in Paschke, Clark Show, Garrett Holg, Chicago Sun Times (Sept. 28, 1997)

 

Ed Clark: The Fulfillment of a ‘Grand’ Talent, Corinne Robins (1997)

 

Explorations in the City of Light: African Americans in Paris, 1945-1965
Studio Museum in Harlem Catalogue, Valerie Mercer (1996)

 

Art Space Catalogue, Kellie Jones (1990)

 

Edward Clark: Directions, Judith Wilson, Art in America (1981)

 

Ed Clark: A Complex Identity, Anita Feldman, Studio Museum Retrospective Catalogue (1980)

 

Mary Schmidt-Campbell, Studio Museum Retrospective Catalogue (1980)

 

Edward Clark’s Luminous Expanses, April Kingsley, American Rag (1980)

 

Trois Americains Peintres et Noirs, Pierre Schneider, L’Express (1980)

 

Edward Clark: Still Sweeps Them off Their Feet, Benny Andrews, Encore America & Worldwide News  (Dec. 4,1978)

 

Edward Clark: Push-Broom and Canvas, Art International, Corinne Robins (1973)

 

Lawrence Campbell, Art News (1972)

 

Paris Letter, R. C. Kennedy, Art International (1966)  

 

Galerie R. Creuze Catalogue, Michel Conil-Lecoste, Paris, (May 1955)  

 

Le Monde, Paris, Michel Conil-Lecoste (March 12, 1954)

 

 

VIDEO

 

Ed Clark Retrospective Tour N’Namdi Contemporary Miami (2013)

 

A Brush with Success, Part 1 of 2 (2012)

 

A Brush with Success, Part 2 of 2 (2012)

 

Ed Clark Exhibit – N’Namdi Gallery

 

 

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