Ed Clark, the trailblazing African-American abstract artist who painted massive, luminous canvases using a push broom, passed away at age 93 late last week. Clark was also a pioneer in field of shaped paintings, the first of which he created in 1957, about three years before Frank Stella began his own experiments with shaped canvases.
Back in 2013, I interviewed Clark for Artpulse magazine. In our talk, we covered the entire span of his career, from his enrollment at The Art Institute of Chicago in 1947 to a then-upcoming retrospective at N’Namdi Contemporary Miami. (The interview was subsequently republished in the catalogue for the exhibition, now out of print.)