An Evening with Amy Sillman

Amy Sillman is a contemporary American painter whose practice conflates the abstract and the figurative into large-scale, gestural oil paintings. Born in 1955 in Detroit, MI, she received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her MFA from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. “Painting is a physical thinking process to continue an interior dialogue,” she has said, “a way to engage in a kind of internal discourse, or sub-linguistic mumbling.” Her process-based work, suffused with humor and conceptual exploration, employs vibrant color and intense layering and drawing, and seeks intensity rather than beauty. In addition to her painting practice, she also produces zines and iPad animations, and writes on the work of other artists. She has exhibited widely, and her work is included in numerous museum collections in the U.S. and Europe. Her acclaimed MoMa curated exhibition, “The Shape of a Shape” has been extended through the summer of this year. Her MoMA exhibition has been extended through June 7.

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