Bid Smart: Ed Clark, label-resistant master of the Big Sweep

A mature work from Ed Clark, ‘Creation,’ dated 2006, achieved $600,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2022. Image courtesy of Hindman and LiveAuctioneers.
A mature work from Ed Clark, ‘Creation,’ dated 2006, achieved $600,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2022. Image courtesy of Hindman and LiveAuctioneers.
A mature work from Ed Clark, ‘Creation,’ dated 2006, achieved $600,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2022. Image courtesy of Hindman and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — There are modernist painters, and then there is Edward “Ed” Clark (American, 1926-2019). Not easily pigeonholed or categorized, the inventive painter was celebrated for his strong and decisive brushstrokes, bright colors and energetic compositions, as well as his unusual approaches to art-making.

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