Prominent abstract artist of two Events DC-owned art works passes away
Events DC remembers world-renowned, DC-based artist Sam Gilliam who is credited with helping to redefine abstract art. Gilliam passed away on June 25, 2022 at the age of 88. Choosing DC as his hometown in the 1960s, Gilliam became well-known for his work with color on canvas by experimenting with manipulated canvas upon which he splattered, poured or stained color. Produced almost entirely during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gilliam’s most recent and final exhibition of works titled Sam Gilliam: Full Circle is currently open until September 11, 2022 at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Now valued at more than $6 million, the art collection owned by Events DC includes two works by Sam Gilliam proudly displayed in its public spaces. Curated with the art collection, Many Things by Sam Gilliam can be viewed at the M Street, metro-facing entrance of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The second Sam Gilliam work in the collection, Chevrons which was formerly displayed in the original Washington Convention Center prior its demolition was relocated to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center building located between L and M Streets NW, on the Hall B Concourse.
Events DC extends deepest sympathy and condolences to family, friends and colleagues who mourn his loss with us.