Amy Sillman, TV in Bed, 2017-2018, oil on canvas, 75 x 66 inches (190.5 x 167.6 cm). Photo: John Berens. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery.
Amy Sillman is one of the most inventive and exciting contemporary artists working today. She produces paintings, drawings, iPhone animation, installations and zines, and every one of these media bears the stamp of her uncompromising intelligence and questioning personality. In her own delighted estimation, “doubt and ambivalence hold hands” in the art she makes. She admits to preferring work “that shows evidence of its quivering attempts and a perverse interiority”.
She is also committed to the necessary role that humour plays in art making. One of her most compelling and provocative essays is called “Shit Happens: Notes on Awkwardness”.
Amy Sillman received her MFA from Bard College in 1995 and has been exhibiting professionally ever since. She has had shows at MoMA, New York, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main in Germany, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Drawing Center, New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. and the ICA in Boston. That show, called “one lump or two” was curated by Helen Molesworth and traveled to three American cities.
In 2018–19, her exhibition Landline was shown at the Camden Arts Centre in London, U.K. and, “The Nervous System” at The Arts Club of Chicago was on exhibition from May 22nd to August 3rd of this year. She has also done residencies at the American Academy in Rome and Berlin. She taught at Bard from 1996–2013 and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt from 2015 to 2019.
She will also be signing her new book, in the Lund Humphries Contemporary Painters series. The monograph, Amy Sillman, written by Valerie Smith, has just been released.
MATTER featuring Amy Sillman will be held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 25, followed by an onstage conversation with Robert Enright at the Muriel Richardson Auditorium 300 Memorial Boulevard, Winnipeg Art Gallery. Admission is FREE.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Michael Nesbitt in presenting this MATTER series lecture.