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Created by:
William T. Williams, American, born 1942  Search this
acrylic on canvas
H x W (unframed): 84 3/16 × 60 1/16 × 1 1/2 in. (213.8 × 152.6 × 3.8 cm)
acrylic paintings
Place made:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
William T. Williams has made his reputation as one of the foremost geometric abstractionists of his generation. He favors bold colors and non-traditional juxtapositions of hard-edged shapes to create robust works that have the power to transform spaces and environments. The title, Truckin, has several sources. It was the name of a popular dance sensation in 1930s Harlem that inspired many songs, including one written by Fats Waller. It may also reference a slang expression that roughly translates, "moving along" with style despite challenges. It later became the title of a popular piece by the Grateful Dead.
This is a large rectangular acrylic painting on cotton canvas. The painting consists of various overlapping geometric shapes and lines in bright colors including fuschia, brown, olive, navy, blue, orange, green, red, teal, pink and black, set against a light orange background.The shapes are bordered with thin white lines.
African American  Search this
Abstract Expressionism  Search this
Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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© William T. Williams
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