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b. 1955, USA

Amy Sillman Biography

Amy Sillman's distinctive artistic practice operates at the juncture between the abstract and the figurative. Her large-scale, gestural oil paintings as well as her finer drawings are layered and complex reflections on themes such as physicality, language and interrelativity, often with a humorous and cartoonish effect. She paints with dynamic gestures that convey a sense of movement and flux, while playfully engaging with form, color, shapes and layers yielding unexpected results. Sillman has become one of the most influential figures of 21st century painting, reinvigorating a new form of abstract expressionism as she moves across mediums seamlessly, integrating elements such as collage, drawing and printmaking into the same practice.

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Sillman considers drawing to be the point of departure for all her work. She however explores more gestural modes of production in her inkjet-printed and silkscreened canvasses, zines and also more recently in her animated iPhone videos, in which she brings her digitally drawn figures to life, as a reflection of her preferred mediums of painting and drawing and their respective boundaries.

Sillman has had solo exhibitions at many major institutions, most recently at the Arts Club of Chicago (2019); The Camden Arts Center, London (2018); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2015), as well as group shows at the Lenbachhaus, Munich (2018); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); Tate Modern, London (2015) and MoMA, New York (2015). Her work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum among others. She has won numerous prizes and been awarded fellowships, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004 and a First Award from the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Sillman teaches the MFA Program at Bard College. In addition, she recently curated an Artist's Choice show at the MoMA entitled The Shape of Shape which opened in 2019.

Text courtesy Capitain Petzel.

Amy Sillman Featured Artworks

Dub Stamp (25) by Amy Sillman contemporary artwork
Amy SillmanDub Stamp (25), 2019Silkscreen (double-sided)
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Capitain Petzel Contact Gallery
Dub Stamp (2B) by Amy Sillman contemporary artwork
Amy SillmanDub Stamp (2B), 2019Acrylic, ink and silkscreen on paper (double-sided)
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Capitain Petzel Contact Gallery
SK3 by Amy Sillman contemporary artwork
Amy SillmanSK3, 2017Acrylic and silkscreen on paper
101.5 x 65.9 cm
Capitain Petzel Contact Gallery
SK2 by Amy Sillman contemporary artwork
Amy SillmanSK2, 2017Acrylic and silkscreen on paper
101.7 x 66 cm
Capitain Petzel Contact Gallery
Untitled by Amy Sillman contemporary artwork
Amy SillmanUntitled, 2019Acrylic, oil stick and ink on paper
101.6 x 63.5 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
Cliff 1 by Amy Sillman contemporary artwork
Amy SillmanCliff 1, 2005Oil on canvas
183 x 152 cm
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
Blues for Omar 1 (Film Strip II) by Amy Sillman contemporary artwork
Amy SillmanBlues for Omar 1 (Film Strip II), 2018Oil on canvas
205.7 x 190.5 cm
Campoli Presti Contact Gallery

Amy Sillman Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Seven-Up at Capitain Petzel, Berlin
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24 October–7 November 2020 Group Exhibition Seven-Up Capitain PetzelBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Artists for New York at Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
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1–22 October 2020 Group Exhibition Artists for New York Hauser & Wirth22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Painting the Essential: New York 1980 - Present at Timothy Taylor, Online Only, London
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18 May–20 June 2020 Group Exhibition Painting the Essential: New York 1980 - Present Timothy TaylorOnline Only

Amy Sillman Represented By

Campoli Presti contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Campoli Presti London, Paris

Amy Sillman In Related Press

The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World Related Press The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World 16 March 2015, Frieze

Featuring multiple works by 17 artists in different media – from soap and wax to ink and synthetic polymer, and good old fashioned oil on canvas – The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, curated by Laura Hoptman, staked its premise not upon the varied matter of materials, but the fungibility of temporal allusion. Purporting...

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