American painter Susan Weil has been at the epicenter of the New York art world since the 1950s. She came of age as an artist in the postwar period, studying under Josef Albers at Black Mountain College alongside Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Cy Twombly. An innovative and influential member of the New York school, she deftly combines unexpected materials—including collage, blueprint, and paint on recycled canvas, acrylic and wood—to create dimensional works exploring the passage of time and movement. She often fractures the picture plane, deconstructing and reconstructing images. Weil embraces serious and playful elements in her work, and unlike her contemporaries, she has never been afraid to pursue figuration and reference reality, unabashedly drawing inspiration from nature, literature, photography, and her personal history.Read More
Weil is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her work is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the National Museum, Stockholm; Helsinki City Art Museum; and Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.
In 2011, the distinguished fine-art publisher Skira released Susan Weil, Moving Pictures, a 142-page monograph on the artist’s large and diverse body of work, with an emphasis on her paintings of the last two decades. It includes scholarly essays on her life and work by noted critics Dore Ashton, David Weir, and Olle Granath.
Text courtesy Sundaram Tagore Gallery.