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INDAILY | Vol. 7, No. 48 November 29, 2007
(Winners & Losers 2007)

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A&E: Abstract Artist Ed Clark Visiting Pensacola

by Duwayne Escobedo

Pensacola Museum of Art presents
Ed Clark: For the Sake of the Search


Exhibition opens Friday, Dec. 14 and continues through Saturday, Jan. 12. Special Preview Reception, where the artist, Ed Clark will be present to conduct a gallery talk of his work will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.


The Pensacola Museum of Art (PMA) will present Ed Clark: For the Sake of the Search in the Kugelman Family and Thornton Galleries Friday, December 14 through Saturday, January 12, 2008. A special preview reception will be held December 13th from 6-8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.


Edward Clark is an Abstract painter whose work has drawn accolades internationally for five decades. His work has become an important part of the development of American Abstract Art. He is the first painter credited with working on a shaped canvas, an innovation that influenced contemporary art through the 1950s and 1960s. Clark is also known for his powerful brush stroke, large-scale canvases and especially, his use of color.


Born in the Storyville section of New Orleans in 1926, Clark studied at the Art Institute of Chicago on the GI Bill from 1947 to 1951 and L'Academie de la Grande Chaumire in Paris in 1952. After living for five years in Paris, Clark moved to New York and became one of the first African American charter members of the Brata Gallery on Tenth Street, where famous artists of the day were shown.


Influenced by his childhood with constant struggle and moving, Clark sought out the changing environment. In the 70s he began to paint in countries around the world, a tradition he continues today. He has traveled to many diverse locations such as Greece, Nigeria, Mexico, Morocco, Sicily and Egypt. While immersed in these different cultures, Clark creates in the moment with the memories of these voyages. His color palette, the velocity and tone of the paintings, are expressions of each place, time and collective experience. Seduced by painting, Clark seeks out these experiences For the Sake of the Search, reflecting the ever-changing world around him


The 1980s gave a new birth to Clarks career. In 1981 Ed Clark met the renowned New York gallery owner George NNamdi who specializes in Abstract Art by African-Americans. The gallery helped Clark become significantly established in his career which allowed him to continue traveling and painting abroad. Through the years, Ed Clarks work has been collected by museums nationally and internationally and is included in many public and private collections.


Today, his work continues to evolve and astonish.


For more information about Ed Clark: For the Sake of the Search exhibition at the Pensacola Museum of Art, please visit www.pensacolamuseumofart.org or call 850-432-6247. The PMA is open Tuesday and through Friday 10 a.m. 5 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. 5 p.m. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and active duty military.