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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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1954 by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed Clark1954, 1954Oil on canvas
101.6 x 75 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Untitled by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkUntitled, 1964Acrylic on canvas
197.2 x 182.9 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Ife Rose by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkIfe Rose, 1974Acrylic on canvas
273.7 x 424.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Integrated Oval #1 by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkIntegrated Oval #1, 1972Acrylic on canvas
289.6 x 441 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Silver stripes by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkSilver stripes, c. 1970sAcrylic on canvas
303.8 x 422.8 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Green Top (Vétheuil) by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkGreen Top (Vétheuil), 1967Acrylic on canvas
190.5 x 212.1 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Locomotion by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkLocomotion, 1963Oil on canvas
192.7 x 369.6 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Untitled by Ed Clark contemporary artwork
Ed ClarkUntitled, 1960Acrylic on canvas
154 x 111.4 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery

Ed Clark Recent Exhibitions

Ed Clark Represented By

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

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