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b. 1926, USA

Ed Clark Biography

Born in New Orleans in 1926 and raised in Chicago, Clark emerged in the 1950s as a pioneer of the New York School. Over the course of seven decades, his experimentations with pure colour, abstract form, and the seductive materiality of paint have yielded an oeuvre of remarkable originality, extending the language of American abstraction. Clark’s breakthroughs have an important place in the story of modern and contemporary art: In the late 1950s he was the first American artist credited with exhibiting a shaped canvas, an innovation that continues to reverberate today. His search for a means to breach the limitations of the conventional paintbrush led him to use a push broom to apply pigment to canvas laid out on the floor. Defying the discreet categories of gestural and hard-edged abstraction, Clark has masterfully interwoven both into a unique form of expressionism–literally sweeping his medium into an atmospheric, emotive, and ultimately exuberant art.

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After studying at the Art Institute of Chicago and L’Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, Clark continued to live and work in France, absorbing the influence of such European modernists as Nicolas de Staël, Pierre Soulages, and Jean Riopelle. He became a member of a social and intellectual circle of American expatriate artists and writers, including fellow African-American creative lights Beauford Delaney, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Barbara Chase-Riboud. Clark settled in New York in 1957, where over the ensuing decade he became part of the city’s dynamic downtown scene and a co-founder of the Brata Gallery, an artist-run cooperative among the Tenth Street galleries of the East Village. From the late 1960s until very recently, Clark split his time between New York and Paris, traveling extensively to other locales from Mexico and Brazil to North Africa and Greece. The artist now lives in Detroit.

Ed Clark Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkUntitled, 1972Acrylic on canvas
175.3 x 261 cm
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Untitled by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkUntitled, 2000Dry pigment on paper
96.5 x 121.9 cm
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Untitled by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkUntitled, 2011Acrylic on canvas
204.5 x 159.4 x 1.9 cm
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Untitled by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkUntitled, 2006Acrylic on canvas
200.3 x 160 x 1.9 cm
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Untitled by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkUntitled, 2013Acrylic on canvas
137.8 x 94.6 x 1.9 cm
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Untitled by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkUntitled, 2008–2009Acrylic on canvas
161.3 x 205.7 x 1.9 cm
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Soft Blue by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkSoft Blue, 2000Acrylic on canvas
182.9 x 146.7 x 1.9 cm
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Untitled by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkUntitled, 2005Acrylic on canvas
161.3 x 205.7 x 1.9 cm
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Ed Clark Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Ed Clark, Paintings 2000 – 2013 at Hauser & Wirth, New York
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10 September–26 October 2019 Ed Clark Paintings 2000 – 2013 Hauser & Wirth22nd Street, New York

Ed Clark Represented By

Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong, Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset, Gstaad, St. Moritz

Ed Clark In Ocula Magazine

What Sold for Over $1 Million at Art Basel Online? Ocula News What Sold for Over $1 Million at Art Basel Online? London, 23 June 2020

Prices didn't reach the heights of the physical fair in 2019, but over a dozen works exceeded the million dollar mark.

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Ed Clark In Related Press

Ed Clark Related Press Ed Clark 7 October 2019, The Brooklyn Rail

In the traditional sense, 'plastic' has less to do with substance and more to do with character. That character, one of movement and malleability, is rarely observed in consumer plastics, which have already undergone extruding, molding, or casting by the time they reach the market. The noun feels like a broken promise; the thing's essence long...

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Your Concise New York Art Guide for Fall 2019 Related Press Your Concise New York Art Guide for Fall 2019 10 September 2019, Hyperallergic

As always, there are many wonderful exhibitions, film festivals, and art events taking place throughout the fall in New York. We've put together our recommendations, and hope that they encourage you to explore the artistic happenings of this great city. Focusing on museums, art nonprofits, and galleries that continue to make New York a global hub...

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