Sam Gilliam

Through November 26
All Ages

Better late than never: The work of pioneering painter and octogenarian Sam Gilliam is experiencing a renaissance. Gilliam recently finished a sprawling commission for the National Museum of African American History and Culture and his work will be included in the upcoming Venice Biennial. Seattle Art Museum honors Gilliam by showcasing his experiments from the ’50s and ’60s. Though he was inspired by the color-field painters and abstract expressionists of the time, Gilliam explored abstraction in an entirely novel way by giving painting a third dimension with crumpled, draped and wrapped canvasses.