“The Long Sweep,” a 2013 interview with Ed Clark in Artpulse Magazine

Posted by on Oct 22, 2019 in Faculty Writings, Interviews | No Comments

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.)

In honor of Clark, I thought I’d post a link to the interview; you can also learn more about him in this excellent appreciation that ran in ARTnews on Saturday.



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