The Estate of Ed Clark

Portrait of Ed Clark. Photo: Chester Higgins Jr/The New York Times/Redux

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 color, 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 these approaches into a unique form of expressionism.

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 creatives 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 the last decade, Clark split his time between New York and Paris, traveling extensively to other locales from Mexico and Brazil to North Africa and Greece. In 2019, while living in Detroit, Clark passed away at the age of 93. ‘No matter what I do,’ the artist said, ‘there’s not a day that I’m not an artist.’

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Ed Clark

Biography

Print Biography
Born
New Orleans LA, 1926
Education

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, 1951
L’Academie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris, France, 1953

Died
Detroit MI, 2019

Solo Exhibitions

2022
Hauser & Wirth, ‘Ed Clark. Without a Doubt’, London, UK
2020
Hauser & Wirth, 'Ed Clark. Expanding the Image', Los Angeles CA
2019
Hauser & Wirth, 'Ed Clark Painting 2000 – 2013', New York NY
2018
Mnuchin Gallery, ‘Ed Clark: A Survey’, New York NY
2017
Weiss Berlin, 'Ed Clark', Berlin, Germany
Tilton Gallery, ‘Edward Clark: Paintings’, New York
2016
N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, ‘Ed Clark’, Detroit MI
2015
N’Namdi Contemporary, ‘Ed Clark: Locomotion’, Miami FL
2014
The Mistake Room, ‘Ed Clark: A Thousand Lights of Sun’, cur. Cesar Garcia, Los Angeles CA
Tilton Gallery, ‘Ed Clark: Big Bang’, cur. David Hammons, New York NY
2013
Art Institute of Chicago, 'Ed Clark', Chicago IL
N’Namdi Contemporary, ‘Le Mouvement: The Ed Clark Retrospective’, Miami FL
2012
Stella Jones Gallery, ‘Louisiana Roots: Ed Clark Returns Home’, New Orleans LA
2011
The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, ‘Ed Clark, The Search: A Sixty Year Retrospective’, Detroit MI
2010
Rush Arts Gallery, 'Flow', New York NY
2008
Pensacola Museum of Art, ‘Ed Clark: For the Sake of the Search’, Pensacola FL
2007
G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, ‘Ed Clark: Rebirth’, New York NY [travelled to: G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Chicago IL]
2004
Parish Gallery, ‘Edward Clark: Paris and New York: Works on Small Canvas’, Washington D.C.
2003
G. R. N’Namdi Gallery, ‘Ed Clark: Paris/New York: Le Mouvement’, Chicago IL
2001
Peg Alston Fine Art, ‘Ed Clark: Mexican Series’, New York NY
G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, ‘Ed Clark: Midi Series – “Chasing the Sun”’, Detroit MI
2000
G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, ‘Ed Clark: Homage to the Year of the Dragon, China Series’, Chicago, IL [travelled to: G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Birmingham MI]
1998
Cinque Gallery, ‘Edward Clark: From Sicily to Egypt’, New York NY
1997
G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, ‘Ed Clark: Egyptian Series’, Chicago IL [travelled to: G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Birmingham MI]
1992
Wilmer Jennings Gallery, Kenkeleba House, ‘Ed Clark’, New York NY
1991
Galerie Resche, ‘Ed Clark: Paris’, Paris, France
1990
Spiral Gallery, ‘Ed Clark’, Brooklyn NY
Isobel Neal Gallery, ‘Ed Clark’, Chicago IL
G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Birmingham AL
1989
Gallery Kesser-Bohbot, ‘Ed Clark’, Hamburg, Germany
1988
Manhattan East Gallery of Fine Arts, ‘Ed Clark: Bahia Series’, New York NY
1987
Alitash Kebede Fine Arts, ‘Ed Clark’, Los Angeles CA
Gallery Art 54, ‘Ed Clark: New Paintings’, New York NY
1983
Randall Gallery, ‘Ed Clark’, New York NY
1982
Jazzonia Gallery, ‘Ed Clark’, Detroit MI
1981
Citicorp Center, ‘Ed Clark’, New York NY
Randall Gallery, ‘Edward Clark: Martinique Interlude, Paintings and Pastels’, New York NY
1980
The Studio Museum in Harlem, 'Edward Clark: A Complex Identity,' New York NY
Contemporary Arts Center, ‘Ed Clark’, New Orleans LA
H.C. Taylor Gallery, North Carolina A&T State University, ‘Ed Clark’, Greensboro NC
1979
Randall Gallery, ‘Ed Clark: Louisiana Series’, New York NY
1978
Louisiana State University, ‘Ed Clark’, Baton Rouge LA
1977
Peg Alston Arts, New York NY
1976
Sullivant Gallery, Ohio State University, ‘Ed Clark’, Columbus OH
1975
James Yu Gallery, ‘Ed Clark’, New York, NY
1974
South Houston Gallery, ‘Ed Clark: New Paintings and Drawings’, New York NY
1972
Lehman College Art Gallery, CUNY, ‘Ed Clark’, Bronx NY
141 Prince Street Gallery, New York NY
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI
1971
Donald Judd’s Loft, ‘Ed Clark’, New York NY
1969
American Embassy, ‘Ed Clark’, Paris, France
1966
Galerie R. Creuze, ‘Clark’, Paris, France
1958
Brata Gallery, ‘Ed Clark’, New York NY
1956
Galerie R. Creuze, ‘Clark: Peintures’, Paris, France
1951
YMCA, ‘Ed Clark’, Chicago IL
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Group Exhibitions

2022
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, ‘Americans in Paris: Artists Working in France, 1946–1962’, New York NY (Forthcoming)
2021
Karma, ‘The De Luxe Show’, New York NY
University of Kentucky Art Museum, ‘Coloring’, Lexington KY
Mnuchin Gallery, ‘Highlights Of Post-War And Contemporary Art’, New York NY
2020
Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago’, Chicago IL
2019
The Baltimore Museum of Art, ‘Generations. A History of Black Abstract Art’, Baltimore MD
The Broad, ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’, cur. Mark Godfrey, Zoe Whitley, Ashley James, Los Angeles, CA [travelled to: The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville AR; Tate Modern, London/UK]
Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, ‘Harlem Roots’, New York NY
2018
Tilton Gallery, ‘Noah Purifoy and East Coast/West Coast’, New York NY
Museum of Modern Art, ‘The Long Run’, cur. Paulina Pobocha, Cara Manes, Jenny Harris, New York NY
Greene Naftali and Matthew Marks, ‘Painting: Now & Forever, Part III’, New York NY
Tilton Gallery, ‘In Tribute to Jack Tilton: A Selection from 35 Years’, New York NY
University of Maryland University College, ‘The Language of Abstraction’, Adelphi MD
2017
Pace Gallery, ‘Impulse’, cur. Tamara Corm, Amelie von Wedel, Pernilla Holmes, London, United Kingdom
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, ‘Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965’, New York NY
N’Namdi Gallery, ‘Mastering Abstraction: 80s and 90s’, Miami FL
The James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, ‘Abstract Expressionism and The Cold War’, Baltimore MD
2016
Newark Museum, ‘Modern Heroics’, cur. Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Newark NJ
2015
Greene Naftali, ‘Works on Paper’, New York
2014
University of Maryland University College, ‘Unveiled: Works from the UMUC Art Collections’, Adelphi MD
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, ‘Beyond the Spectrum: Abstraction in African American Art’, New York NY
Prospect New Orleans, ‘Prospect.3: Notes for Now’, New Orleans LA
2013
N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, ‘50 Years of Abstraction’, Detroit MI
Whitney Museum, ‘Blues for Smoke’, cur. Bennett Simpson, New York NY [travelled to: Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus/OH
2012
Loretta Howard Gallery, ‘The Lure of Paris’, New York NY
2011
Shaw Center for the Arts, ‘Beyond Black: Ed Clark, Eugene Martin and John T. Scott’, Baton Rouge LA
University Museums at University of Delaware, ‘Abstract Relations’, cur. Julie M. McGee, Dr. Adrienne Childs, Newark DE [travelled to: David C. Driskell Center, College Park/MD]
2010
Anita Shapolsky Gallery, ‘African American Abstract Masters’, New York NY
Parish Gallery, ‘Masters for the First Family’, Washington D.C.
2009
BLT Gallery, ‘Wiser Than God vs. Younger Than Jesus’, cur. Adrian Dannatt, Jan Frank, New York NY
Walk Tall Gallery, ‘Forms of Abstraction’, East Hampton NY
2007
Derek Eller Gallery, ‘NeoIntegrity’, New York NY
2006
The Studio Museum in Harlem, 'Energy/Experimentation: Black Artists and Abstraction 1964–1980', New York NY
New York State Museum, 'Driven to Abstraction', Albany NY
2004
Parish Gallery, ‘From Paris to New York’, Washington DC
The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, ‘Something to Look Forward To’, Lancaster PA
Studio 18 Gallery, ‘Mirage & Metaphor’, New York NY
2003
Jack Tilton Gallery and Anna Kustera Gallery, ‘No Greater Love: Abstraction’, New York NY
The Art Institute of Chicago, ‘A Century of Collecting: African American Art in the Art Institute of Chicago’, Chicago IL
2002
Christine Koenig Gallery, ‘Quiet as it’s Kept’, cur. David Hammons, Vienna, Austria
Sugar Hill Art Center, Harlem, ‘Six American Masters’, New York NY
2001
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Red, Black, and Green’, New York NY
1997
Rush Arts Gallery, ‘Sweeps & Views: Clark & Cowans’, New York NY
1996
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Explorations in the City of Light: African-American Artists in Paris, 1945-1965’, New York NY [travelled to: Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans LA; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth TX; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI]
1995
The Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Beat Culture and the New America: 1950-1965’, New York NY [travelled to: The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN; M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco CA]
1994
A.F.T.U./Bill Hodgesork, ‘Symphony’, New York NY
Museum of Science and Industry, ‘Black Creativity’, Chicago IL [travelled to: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York/NY]
James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, ‘Three Masters’, Baltimore MD
1993
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘The Studio Museum in Harlem: 25 Years of African American Art’, New York NY
University of Michigan-Dearborn, ‘Diversity & Style, African American Artists’, Dearborn MI
G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, ‘Forty Years of African American Printmaking’, Birmingham MI
1992
Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, ‘Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop’, C.W. Post Brookville NY [traveled to: the Bronx River Art Center, Bronx/NY]
Bomani Gallery, ‘Paris Connections: African American Artists in Paris’, San Francisco CA
The Art Institute of Chicago, 'From America's Studio. Drawing New Conclusions,' Chicago IL
1991
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Recent Acquisitions’, New York NY
G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, ‘Forms of Abstraction’, Birmingham MI
Galerie d’Art Noire Contemporain, ‘Les Afro-Americains et l’Europe, 1960-1992’, Paris, France
Galerie Resche, ‘Paris Connections’, Paris, France
1990
Carl Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State University, ‘Group Exhibition’, Baltimore, MD
Artists Space, ‘Artists Space Group Show’, New York NY
1989
California Afro-American Museum, ‘African American Abstraction in Printmaking’, Los Angeles CA
Philippe Briet Gallery, ‘Don’t You Know by Now’, New York NY
Jamaica Arts Center, ‘Abstract Expressionism: The Missing Link’, New York NY
1988
Buckam Fine Arts, ‘Crossroads 88’, Flint MI
1987
___, ‘The Art of Black America’, Tokyo, Japan
1986
G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, ‘Paris to New York, 1966-1986’, Birmingham MI
1985
Gallery of the Avant-Garde, ‘The Lower East Side: 1950-1970’, New York NY
The Studio Museum in Harlem, 'The Fine Art of Collecting I,' New York NY
1984
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Treasures from Harlem: Permanent Collection’, New York NY Grand Palais, ‘Réalités Nouvelles, 1984’, Paris, France
1983
N.G.E. Gallery, ‘Al Loving, Ed Clark’, East Cleveland OH
The Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, ‘Celebrating Contemporary Black American Artists’, Hempstead NY
1982
One Penn Plaza, ‘Contemporary Art at One Penn Plaza’, New York NY
1981
Jazzonia Gallery, ‘New York Group Show’, Detroit MI
Just Above Midtown, ‘5+5: Artists Introduce Artists’, New York NY
1980
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, ‘Afro-American Abstraction’, Long Island City NY
Galerie d’Art Miktal, ‘Retour Aux Sources’, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivore
Yolisa House, ‘Ed Clark, Adger Cowans, Bill Hutson’, New York NY
Black Enterprise, ‘Journeys, Two Views: Recent Paintings by Ed Clark and Bill Hutson’, New York NY
1979
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Another Generation’, New York NY
Randall Gallery, ‘Group Show’, New York NY
Centro de Arte Moderno de Guadalajara, ‘Icarus Odyssey’, Guadalajara, Mexico
1978
JustAbove Midtown, ‘Contextures’, New York NY
Art Salon, New York NY
1977
Florida International University, ‘Contemporary Black Art: A Selected Sampling’, Miami FL
___, ‘Tenth Street Days: The Co-Ops of the 1950s’, New York NY
Ankrum Gallery, ‘Graphic Arts Exhibition: A Selected Sampling’, Los Angeles CA
1976
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, ‘Bicentennial Banners’, Washington D.C.
1974
Academy of Arts and Letters, New York NY
1973
The Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘1973 Biennial Exhibition’, New York NY
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Fall Exhibitions’, Ridgefield CT
1972
141 Prince Street, ‘Large Works Exhibition’, cur. Ed Clark, New York, NY
1971
De Luxe Movie Theater in the 5th Ward, ‘De Luxe Show’, Houston, TX
1970
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ‘Afro-American Artists: New York and Boston’, Boston MA The University Art Museum of the University of Texas, ‘Afro-American Artists Abroad’, Austin TX [traveled to: Baltimore MD; Boston MA]
1969
American Center for Artists, ‘Trois Noirs U.S.A.’, Paris, France
Cal Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State College, ‘Two Man Show: Ed Clark and Lawrence Kalawale’, Baltimore MD
1964
Svea-Galleriet, Stockholm, Sweden
1963
Riverside Museum, ‘Contemporary Artists’, New York NY
1960
Modern Museum, ‘The Brata Group’, Tokyo, Japan
1959
Bennington College, Bennington VT
Nova Gallery, Boston, MA
Marino Galleries, ‘53 Fighting Co-Operative Artists’, New York NY
1956
Salon des Independents, Paris, France
1955
Museé des Arts Decoratifs, Musée du Louvre, ‘Prix D’Othon Friesz’, Paris, France
American Center for Artists, ‘Grandes Toiles de Montparnasse’, Paris, France
1954
Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, France
American Center for Artists, ‘Grandes Toiles de Montparnasse’, Paris, France
Salon de Comparison, Paris, France
1952
Société du Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
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Awards & Grants

2020
Alain Locke International Art Award, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI
2013
Legends and Legacy Award, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
2000
Featured Artist, Art for Life Gala, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, East Hampton NY
1990
Honoree, 36th Annual Bal Africain, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI
1988
Painters and Sculptors Grant Recipient, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York NY
1994
Congressional Achievement Award, United States
1985
Award in Painting, National Endowment for the Arts, United States
1981
Individual Support Grant, The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, New York NY
1975
CAPS Grant, Creative Artists Program Services, New York State Council on the Arts, New York NY
1972
Award in Painting, National Endowment for the Arts, United States
1955
Prix d’Othon Friesz, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
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Bibliography

Monographs

2018
Antwaun Sargent, 'Ed Clark. A Survey', New York: Mnuchin Gallery, 2018 (exh. cat.)
2014
Hudgins, Lauren, Tilton, Connie Rogers (eds.), 'Ed Clark. Big Bang', New York: Tilton Gallery, 2014 (exh. cat.)
2013
Edwards, Jeff, 'Le Mouvement. The Ed Clark Retrospective', Detroit, MI: N'Namdi Contemporary, 2013 (exh. cat.)
2007
N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Ed Clark. Master Painter. Detroit, MI: G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, 2007 (exh. cat.)
1997
Cavalier, Barbara, N'Namdi, George R., 'Edward Clark. For the Sake of the Search' Belleville Lake: Belleville Lake Press, 1997 (exh. cat.)
1988
Hotton, Julia, 'Ed Clark. Bahia Series' New York: Manhattan East Fine Arts,1988 (exh. cat.)
1980
Feldman, Anita, 'Edward Clark. A Complex Identity', New York: The Studio Museum in Harlem, 1981 (exh. cat.)
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Publications

2017
Godfrey, Mark, Whitley, Zoe, 'Soul of a Nation,' London: Tate Publishing, 2017 (exh. cat.)
Corm, Tamara, Edwards, Adrienne, von Wedel, Amelie, Holmes, Pernilla, 'Impulse. Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis, Sam Gillam, Ed Clark and Frank Bowling', London: Pace London, 2017 (exh. cat)
2016
English, Darby, '1971. A Year in the Life of Color', Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016
2012
Simpson, Bennett, 'Blues for Smoke', Los Angeles/CA: Museum of Contemporary Art; Munich: DelMonico Books/Prestel, 2012, pp. 34-35 (exh. cat.)
Marter, Joan M. (ed.), 'The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art: Volume 1', Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 482–3.
2006
Dantzic, Cynthia Maria, '100 New York Painters', Chester County: Schiffer Publishing, 2006
2002
Hammons, David, 'Quiet As It's Kept', Vienna: Christine König Gallery, 2002
1996
Mercer, Valerie, 'Explorations in the City of Light. African-American Artists in Paris, 1945-1965', New York: The Studio Museum in Harlem, 1996 (exh. cat.)
1994
Williams, Michael Kelly, Williams, William T., Yarde, Richard, 'The Studio Museum in Harlem: 25 Years of African-American Art', New York: The Studio Museum in Harlem, 1994 (exh. cat.)
1992
Bomane, Asake, Rooks, Belvie (eds.), 'Paris Connections. African American Painters in Paris', San Francisco: Q.E.D. Press,1992 (exh. cat.)
1988
Burnstock, Judith, 'Joan Mitchell', New York: Hudson Hills Press/Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 1988
1984
Center for Art & Culture of Bedford-Stuyvesant, 'In a Stream of Ink', Brooklyn: The Printmaking Workshop, Center for Arts and Culture of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Inc., 1984 (exh. cat.)
1983
Flomenhaft, Eleanor, 'Celebrating Contemporary American Black Artists', Hempstead: Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, 1983 (exh. cat.)
1981
Goncharov, Kathleen, Kingsley, April, '5+5. Artists Introduce Artists'. New York: City Gallery, 1981 (exh. cat.)
Kelly, June. New York: Randall Gallery, 1981 (exh. cat.)
Robbins, Corinne, 'Pluralist Era. American Art 1969-1981', New York: Harper & Row, 1981
1980
Galerie d'art Mitkal (ed.), 'Retour aux sources une exposition en Afrique d'artistes Afro-Americains', Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire: Galerie d'Art Mitkal, 1980 (exh. cat.)
Kingsley, April, 'Afro-American Abstraction', New York: P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 1980 (exh. cat.)
1979
Jones, LeRoi, Baraka, Amiri, 'Selected Plays and Prose of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones', New York: William Morrow Company, Inc.,1979
1978
Goode-Bryant, Linda, 'Contextures', New York: Just Above Midtown Gallery, 1978 (exh. cat.)
1977
Bard, Joellen, 'Tenth Street Days. The Co-Ops of the 50's'. New York: Education, Art & Service, inc, 1977
1973
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 'New Acquisitions, Gifts, and Loans: Selections from the Collection'. Ridgefield: The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 1973 (exh. cat.)
1971
Goldstein, Rhoda L. (ed.), 'Black Life and Culture in the United States', New York: Crowell, 1971, pp. 302–21, 321
1970
Lewis, James E., 'Afro-American Artists Abroad', Austin: University Art Museum, University of Texas, 1970 (exh. cat.)
1957
Seuphor, Michel, 'Dictionnaire de la Peinture Abstraite', Paris: Hazan, 1957
1955
Conil-Lecoste, Michel, 'Galerie R. Creuze Catalogue', Paris: Galerie R. Creuze, 1955 (exh. cat.)
1953
Tapié, Michel, 'Peintres Américains en France', Paris: Galerie Craven, 1953 (exh. cat.)
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Press

2021
Rorke, Robert, 'Step Inside One Young Family’s Detroit Home—Which Features a Museum-Worthy Collection of Works by Black Artists', on: architecturaldigest.com, 21 May 2021, ill.
2020
Sloan, Aisha Sabatini, 'Visiting the European Homes of James Baldwin, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Ed Clark, and More Black Expats', on: www.vanityfair.com, 6 May 2021, ill.
Riefe, Jordan, 'Ed Clark: The Lost Abstract Expressionist', on: artandobject.com, 1 December 2020, ill.
Groom, Angela, 'Ed Clark. Hauser & Wirth', on: artillerymag.com, 21 October 2020, ill.
Harden, Essence, 'Los Angeles’s Art Scene Has Taken Care of Its Own during the Pandemic', on: artsy.net, 25 September 2020, ill.
Little, Colony, 'Ed Clark: The Motion of the Stroke', on: cshockart.com, 24 September 2020, ill.
___, 'Ed Clark 'Expanding the Image' @ Hauser and Wirth', on: 2-times.com, Melbourne, 16 September 2020, ill.
___, 'Ed Clark 'Expanding the Image' @ Hauser and Wirth Los Angeles', on: autre.love, Los Angeles, 14 September 2020, ill.
Dambrot, Shana Nys, 'Painter Ed Clark Pushes Boundaries, Literally', on: laweekly.com, 10 September 2020, ill.
Belcove, Julie, 'The Sweeping Impact of Ed Clark', in: Robb Report, New York, September 2020, p. 46, ill.
Andres, Holly, 'Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Aug. 20-27', on: dailynews.com, 27 August 2020
___, 'Ed Clark: Expanding the Image', on: airmail.news, 18 August 2020, ill.
Westall, Mark, 'Ed Clark Expanding the Image', on: fadmagazine.com, 11 August 2020, ill.
Berg, Allison, ‘The LALA List’, in: LALA, Los Angeles, August 2020, pp. 40-41, ill.
___, ‘Ed Clark: Expanding the Image’, on: timeout.com, London, 27 July 2020, ill.
Valentine, Victoria L., 'Record-Setting Painting by Noah Davis and Abstract Canvas by Ed Clark Top Phillips New Now Contemporary Art Auction', on: www.culturetype.com, Silver Spring, 6 March 2020, ill.
___, 'Object lessons: from a spring-time Alma Thomas to an enamel lamp representing an 'ecstatic orgasm'', in: The Art Newspaper, London, 2 March 2020, ill.
Graff, Gary, 'Late painter to receive special award from DIA', in: The Oakland Press, Oakland, 21 Februrary 2020, ill.
2019
Basciano, Oliver, 'Ed Clark. Obituary', in: The Guardian, London, England, 1 November 2019, ill.
Langer, Emily, 'Ed Clark, 93, abstract painter whose brush was a broom and grew up in Chicago, has died', in: The Chicago Tribune, Chicago IL, 29 October 2019
Smith, Roberta and Vigdor, Neil, 'Ed Clark, Pioneering Abstract Expressionist Painter, Dies at 93', in: The New York Times, New York NY, 19 October 2019, ill.
2018
Schwabsky, Barry, 'The Struggle to Resolve', in: The Nation, New York, 14 December 2018, ill.
Yau, John, 'Recognizing Ed Clark’s Contribution to Abstraction', in: Hyperallergic, 7 October 2018, ill.
Smith, Roberta, 'At 7 Art Galleries, the Ecstatic Flow of Paint and the Stories It Can Tell', in: The New York Times, New York, 27 September 2018, ill.
___, 'From the Archives. Ed Clark’s Dynamically Constructed Abstractions', in: ARTnews, 21 September 2018, ill.
Cotter, Holland, 'Radiant and Radical. 20 Years of Defining the Soul of Black Art', in: The New York Times, New York, 14 September 2018
Russeth, Andrew, 'Ed Clark Will Have Career Survey at Mnuchin Gallery in New York', in: ARTnews, 4 September 2018, ill.
Yau, John, 'Taking Stock of Painting Today', on: www.hyperallergic.com, 12 August 2018
___, 'When We Saw Ed's Painting, We Immediately Fell in Love', on: www.frieze.com, 3 May 2018, ill.
2017
Smith, Roberta, 'MoMA Upends its Collection to Celebrate Late Careers', in: The New York Times, New York, 28 December 2017, ill.
___, 'The Stars of the Washington Color School Get a Transcendent Survey—See It Here', on: www.news.artnet.com, 18 December 2017, ill.
___, 'Ed Clark at Weiss Berlin, Berlin', on: www.moussemagazine.it, Milan, 29 September 2017, ill.
Elderton, Louisa, 'Ed Clark', in: Artforum, New York, 22 September 2017, ill.
Schwabsky, Barry, 'Edward Clark, Tilton Gallery', in: Artforum, New York, April 2017, p. 210, ill.
Davis, Ben, 'Witnessing Ed Clark's Balancing Act at Tilton Gallery', on: www.news.artnet.com, 3 February 2017, ill.
Yau, John, 'The Second Generation Abstract Expressionist Ed Clark', on www.hyperallergic.com, 29 January 2017, ill.
Brown, Jessica Bell, 'How Black Modern Artists Defied a Singular Narrative in 1971', on www.hyperallergic.com, 17 January 2017, ill.
Cotter, Holland, 'When Artists Ran the Show 'Inventing Downtown' at N.Y.U.', in: The New York Times, New York, 12 January 2017
Kennedy, Randy, 'Inventing Downtown Recalls When Artists Ran the Galleries', in: The New York Times, New York, 10 January 2017
2016
Edwards, Jeff, 'Ed Clark. Locomotion. A Life in the Arts, with a Broom', on: www.artpulsemagazine.com, 2016, ill.
2014
Halperin, Julia, 'A Better Prospect for African-American Artists', in: The Art Newspaper, London, no. 261, p. 74, October 2014, ill.
Whitten, Jack, 'Edward Clark by Jack Whitten', on: bombmagazine.org, 2 June 2014, ill.
Swarns, Rachel L., 'As a Painter Grows Older, His Creativity Endures', in: The New York Times, New York, 23 February 2014, ill.
Cotter, Holland, 'Ed Clark: Big Bang', in: The New York Times, New York, 21 February, 2014, C22
Russeth, Andrew, 'Ed Clark at Tilton Gallery', on: nyobserver.com, 5 February 2014, ill.
Boucher, Brian, 'David Hammons Curates Edward Clark', in: Art in America, New York, 3 February 2014
Yau, John, 'A History Waiting To Be Written. Ed Clark's High-Spirited, Abstract Paintings', on: hyperallergic.com, 26 January 2014, ill.
Canavan, Gillian, 'Ed Clark. Big Bang', in: Spike Magazine, Vienna, 2014
2013
Edwards, Jeff, 'The Long Sweep. A Conversation with Ed Clark about His 60-Plus Years in the Art World', on: artpulsemagazine.com, 2013, ill.
2012
Bond-Louden, Jenna, 'Ed Clark. Master of Abstract Expressionism', on: ebony.com, 25 July 2012, ill.
2011
Miller, Robin, 'Beyond Black', in: The Advocate Magazine, January 23, 2011
Bechet, Ron, 'Artist on Artist. Ron Bechet on Ed Clark', on: pelicanbomb.com, 27 April 2011, ill.
2008
N'Namdi, Jacqueline, 'Ed Clark: For the Sake of the Search 60 Year Retrospective', in: The Collector, Milan, 2008, pp. 6-7, ill.
2007
Jacques, Geoffrey, 'The Joyful, Visionary Art of Ed Clark', in: Black Renaissance/Renaissance noire, Institute of African American Affairs at New York University, New York, 2007, vol. 7.2, pp. 54–69, p. 111
Liping, An, Dawoud, Bey, 'A Drawing and Photographs of Ed Clark', in: Black Renaissance/Renaissance noire, Institute of African American Affairs at New York University, New York, 2007, vol. 7.2, 54–58
2006
Camper, Fred, 'A Triumphant Life', in: The Chicago Reader, Chicago, 21 December 2006
2004
Brown, Misty, 'Edward Clark, a Stroke of Genius', in: The Washington Informer, Washington D.C., 26 February – 3 March 2004
2003
Hawkins, Margaret, 'Ed Clark', in: ARTnews, New York, vol. 102, no. 5, May 2003, p. 163
2002
Jacques, Geoffrey, 'Quiet as it's Kept', in: König Gallery, Berlin, May 2002, ill.
1998
Patner, Andrew, 'The Art World', in: Chicago Sun Times, Chicago, 8 May 1998
Allen, Joan M., 'Clark Exhibition, 'From Sicily to Egypt,' More than Surpasses the Sublime', in: The New York Amsterdam News, New York, 26 February – 4 March 1998
Johnson, Ken, 'Art Guide: Edward Clark', in: The New York Times, New York, 6 February 1998, E37
1997
Crawford, Lynn, 'Erotic Reactions', in: Detroit Metro Times, Detroit, 1 October 1997
Holg, Garrett, 'Ed Alert; Chicago Roots Revive in Paschke, Clark Show', in: The Chicago Sun Times, Chicago, 28 September 1997
Auer, James, 'Black Artists Found Their Voices in Paris', in: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, 25 May 1997, p. 15
Mitchell, Charles Dee, 'Painters Found Liberation in the City of Light', in: Dallas Morning News, 3 February 1997
Branch, Brenda, 'Portrait/Self Portrait: Edward Clark', in: Cinque Gallery Newsletter, Winter 1997, ill.
Robbins, Corinne, 'Ed Clark. The Fulfillment of a 'Grand' Talent', 1997
1996
Waddington, Chris, 'Color Them Modern', in: Times-Picayune Entertainment Guide, Lagniappe Magazine, New Orleans, 20 September 1996, pp. 20-23, ill.
Bookhardt, D. Eric, 'African-American Artists in Paris', in: The Gambit Weekly, New Orleans, 1 September 1996
Glatt, Cara, 'Expressing Creativity without Prejudice', in: Hyde Park Herald, Chicago, 7 August 1996, A8, ill.
Holg, Garrett, 'Freedom in Paris', in: The Chicago Sun Times, Chicago, 4 August 1996
Artner, Alan, 'Key City', in: The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, 28 July 1996, F10, ill.
Greggs, LaTicia D., 'The Soul of Paris: African American Artists Find Inspiration in the City of Lights', in: The Chicago Defender, Chicago, 6 July 1996, p. 19
Béhar, Henri, 'Quand les peintres afro-américains investissaient Paris', in: Le Monde, Paris, 2 May 1996
Sirmans, Franklin, 'African-American Artists in Paris, 1945-1965', in: Art News, New York, April 1996, pp. 132-133, ill.
Gaouette, Nicole, 'African-American Art That Blossomed in Postwar Paris', in: The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, 26 March 1996
Naves, Mario, 'Paris as Haven: "Explorations in the City of Light"', in: The New Criterion, New York March 1996, pp. 43-45, ill.
Kimmelman, Michael, 'Black Artists at Home in Postwar Paris', in: The New York Times, New York, 18 February 1996, p. 39
Glueck, Grace, 'Take the A Train to Paris; Take a Seat in SoHo', in: The New York Observer, New York, 12 February 1996
___, 'Among Friends of the Arts', in: The New York Times, New York, 4 February 1996, p. 47, ill.
Brunskill, Joan, 'Black Artists Reflect on How Paris Shaped Their Work', in: The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, 2 February 1996, 4C
Fraser, C. Gerald, 'Studio Museum in Harlem, African-American Artists in Paris 1945-1965', in: New York Amsterdam News, New York, 27 January 1996, p. 21
Tyson, Janet, 'Fog in the City of Light', in: The Houston Star Telegram, Dallas, 1996
1995
___, 'A Master of Color', in: The Detroit Free Press, Detroit, 24 February 1995
Mercer, Valerie J., 'The Studio Museum in Harlem: Twenty-Five Years of African American Art', in: American Art Review, Stratham, New Hampshire, 1995, vol. 7.1, p. 142.
1993
Cotter, Holland, 'Art in Review: The Studio Museum in Harlem, 25 Years of African-American Art'. in: The New York Times, New York, 7 May 1993, C24
1992
___, 'Paris Connections', in: Art Space, New York, May/June 1992, pp. 88-89
1991
Smith, Roberta, 'African-American Abstraction, An Exploration', in: The New York Times, New York, 28 June 1991, vol. 140, no. 48,645, p. 63
Bellamy, Peter, 'The Artist’s Project: Portraits of the Real Art World C: New York Artists 1981–1990', in: Artist Project, New York, January 1991, p. 62
1990
Miro, Marsha, 'Painter Layers on Sense of Season and Place', in: The Detroit Free Press, Detroit, 23 February 1990, p. 7-C
Colby, Joy, 'Ed Clark Has a Brush with Success', in: The Detroit Free Press, Detroit, 12 February 1990, p.6-C
Jones, Kellie, '___', in: Art Space Catalogue, New York, 1990
Cyphers, Peggy, 'New York Reviews: Ed Clark, Carol Haere, and Ted Kurahara (Artists Space)', in: Arts Magazine, vol. 64, no. 10, Summer 1990, p. 90
1989
Bey, Dawoud, 'In Search of a Vision: Edward Clark and Candida Alvarez', in: Uptown, vol. 2, no. 2, 1989, p. 6
Loughery, John, 'Abstract Expressionism: The Missing Link', in: New Art Examiner, New York, 1989
1988
Dwyer, John, 'Ed Clark: Bahia como inspiração', in: Correo de Bahia, Segundo Caderno, Salvador, 27 February 1988
1987
Miro, Marsha, 'Paintings with Muscle', in: The Detroit Free Press, Detroit, 5 April 1987, p. 5-C
Loughery, John, 'Ed Clark Gallery Art 54; Harvey Quaytman David McKee', in: Arts Magazine, vol. 61, no. 8, April 1987, p. 108
Colby, Joy, 'Clark's Abstract Landscapes', in: The Detroit News, Detroit, 15 March 1987
___, 'Ed Clark, Recent Paintings- Gallery Art 54', in: Art News, New York, March 1987, p. 138
1985
Wilson, Judith, 'Ed Clark', in: Issue 4 Magazine, Fall 1985
1983
La Badie, Donald, 'Afro-American Abstraction', in: The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, 2 January 1983, p. 14
1982
Henry, Gerrit, 'New York Reviews: Ed Clark at Randall Gallery', in: Art News, New York, vol. 81, no. 10, December 1982, p. 154
___, 'After Dark, Artists Celebrate', in: The News, North Jersey, 9 February 1982
1981
Nadelman, Cynthia, 'Edward Clark (The Studio Museum in Harlem)', in: ART News, New York, vol. 80, no. 3, March 1981, pp. 228–30
Tapley, Mel, 'Carter Cabinet Member Visits Ed Clark Exhibit at Studio Museum', in: The Amsterdam News, 10 January 1981, p. 27
Wilson, Judith, 'Edward Clark. Directions', in: Art in America, January 1981, vol. 69, no. 1, pp. 119-121
___, 'South Side YMCA Show', in: The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, 1981
___, 'Edward Clark at South Houston', in: Art in America, 1981
1980
Kenedy, R.C., 'Paris Letter', in: Art International, December 1966, pp. 59-60
___, 'Huit Peintres Noirs Americans', in: Fraternité Matin, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, October 1980
Kingsley, April, 'Edward Clark's Luminous Expanses', in: The American Rag, New York, vol. 1, no. 2/3, 1980, p. 38
___, 'Etches of Ebony', in: Louisiana Black History Calendar, 1980
Bey, Dawoud, 'In Search of a Vision. Edward Clark and Candida Alvarez', in: Uptown, 1980
Goode-Bryant, Linda, 'After Dark', in: Artery, The National Forum for College Art, Patterson, vol. 5, no. 3, 1980
1979
Fraser, Gerald C., 'Going Out Guide: Abstract! Ed Clark at Randall Gallery', in: The New York Times, New York, 24 September 1979, C15
1978
Andrews, Benny, 'Ed Clark Still Sweeps Them off Their Feet', in: Encore America & Worldwide News, New York, 4 December 1978, pp. 32-33
Kingsley, April, 'Black Artists: Up Against the Wall', in: The Village Voice, New York, September 1978, p. 113
___, 'Artist Presents Pastel to LSU', in: The Sunday Advocate, Baton Rouge, 16 July 1978, p. 9-G
1975
Weathers, Diane, 'The Fine Art of Collection', in: Black Enterprise, New York, December 1975
Robbins, Corinne, 'Edward Clark', in: Arts, November 1975, p. 8
___, 'Edward Clark, James Yu Gallery', in: Arts, October 1975
1974
___, 'Edward Clark at South Houston', in: Art in America, vol. 61, no. 3, May–June 1974, p. 105-106
1973
Sotta, Terry, 'Edward Clark Painting with a Broom to get a Floating, Weightless Effect', in: The Oregon Daily Emerald, May 1973
Robins, Corinne, 'Edward Clark. Push-Broom and Canvas', in: Art International, vol. XVII, no 8, October 1973, pp. 36-37, 64
1972
___, 'Edward Clark, 141 Prince Street Gallery', in: Artforum, December 1972
Levin, Kim, '___', in: Art News, New York, November 1972
Campbell, Lawrence, 'Edward Clark 141 Prince Street Gallery', in: Art News, New York, vol. 71, no. 7, November 1972, pp. 77, 82, ill.
Kingsley, April, 'Edward Clark, 141 Prince Street Gallery', in: Artforum, vol. XI, no. 4, December 1972, pp. 82-83
1970
Bowling, Frank, 'Outside the Galleries: Four Young Artists', in: Arts Magazine, vol. 45, no. 2, November 1970, pp. 30-31
1969
Pistulesi, Anne, 'Trois Noirs American, La Center Cultural American', in: Bingo Magazine, July 1969
____, 'Americains, Noirs… et Peintres. Expositions' in: Jeune Afrique, Paris, no. 431, April 1969
Schneider, Pierre, 'Trois Americians peintres at noirs', in: l' Express, Paris, 3-9 March 1969, p. 82
1968
Clark, Ed, 'Un Musée pour Harlem', in: Chroniques de L'Art Vivant, Paris, November 1968, p. 15
1966
Kenedy, R.C., 'Edward Clark', in: Art International, vol. X, no. 10, December 1966, pp. 55–60, ill.
___, 'A Travers de les Galleries', in: Le Monde, Paris, October 1966
Feldman, Anita, 'Letter to the Editor: Space Race', in: Arts Magazine, January 1966, p. 7, ill.
___, 'U.S.A. Painter Scores in Paris', in: Liberator, 1966
1959
Hagen, Yvonne, 'The Brata Group, at Creuze Gallery', in: The New York Herald Tribune, Paris Edition, 21 January 1959
1958
Ashton, Dore, 'Art. Downtown Shows', in: The New York Times, New York, 20 March 1958, p. 59
Schuyler, James, ' Review: Edward Clark [Brata Gallery]', in: Art News, New York, vol. 57, no. 1, March 1958, p. 59
Dash, R. Warren, 'In the Galleries: Edward Clark, Brata Gallery', in: Arts, vol. 32, no. 6, March 1958, p. 64
1956
'___', in: Art Spectacle, Paris, 20 June 1956
1955
Falkenstein, Claire, 'Art and Artists', in: The New York Herald Tribune, New York, 20 October 1955
'___', in: Le Peinture, 1 June 1955
Berrin, L., 'Peintres Americains en France: Recent Oeuvres, American Legion Show', in: Bulletin de la Galerie Raymond Crueze, Catalogue #2, 21-30 October 1955
Seuphor, Michel, '___', in: Art Aujourd'hui, 1955
1954
Conil-Lecoste, Michel, '___', in: Le Monde, Paris, 12 March 1954
1953
____, 'Dans Les Galleries', in: La Revue Moderne, February 1953, p. 9
Carvalho, R., 'Salon d'Autome Review', in: La Reuve Moderne, 1953
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