Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ACQUISITION: Sam Gilliam / "Dance Me, Dance You 2, #1" / Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Sam Gilliam, Dance Me, Dance You 2, #1, #2, #3, 2009, acrylic on polyester

On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 the Museum of  Contemporary Art San Diego’s International Collectors and Contemporary Collectors voted to purchase an exuberant draped canvas by Sam Gilliam, Dance Me, Dance You 2 #1 (2009). The decision was made during their 2011 Collectors' Selection Dinner.

In the mid-1960s, African-American artist Sam Gilliam challenged the traditional format of painting by taking his canvases off the wall and off their stretchers. The resulting works, suspended in the air, emphasized process and they turned paintings into colorful sculptures. Today Gilliam continues his investigation of poured colored, stained canvas, and draped and floating forms. In Dance Me, Dance You 2, #1, brilliantly stained fabric billows into a skirted form that conveys musicality and movement.


Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum’s collection includes more than 4,000 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Dr. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD.

Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the James Irvine Foundation.

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