January 23, 2016

artist of the week: Amy Sillman

Amy Sillman

Amy Sillman
Amy Sillman, C, 2007, oil on canvas, 45 x 39 inches

Amy Sillman
Amy Sillman, Fast painting #1, 2013-15, oil on canvas, 75 x 66 inches

Amy Sillman
Amy Sillman, Mother, 2013-14,  oil on canvas, 92 × 84 inches

Amy Sillman
Amy Sillman, Untitled, 2012, oil on canvas, 52 x 49 inches

Amy Sillman
Amy Sillman, Untitled, 2013, oil on canvas, 49 x 51 inches

Amy Sillman
Amy Sillman, Untitled, 2013, oil on canvas, 75 x 66 inches

Amy Sillman
Amy Sillman, Untitled (window), 2009, oil on canvas, 51 x 43 inches


Another abstract artist to add to my list which so far has included: Paul Behnke, Eric Sall, Cordy Ryman, and Jason Karolak. If this were a group show I'd also have to include Mary Heilmann, Jack Whitten and Thomas Nozkowski to round off a bit of the old and the new.

Mary Heilmann
Mary Heilmann, 311 Castro Street, 2001, oil on canvas, 54 x 36 inches
Mary Heilmann
Mary Heilmann, Neo Noir, 1998, oil on canvas, 75 x 60 inches
Mary Heilmann
Mary Heilmann, Psychedelic Serape #4, 1982, watercolor on paper, 30 x 22 inches
Mary Heilmann
Mary Heilmann, Surfing on acid, 2005, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches
Thomas Nozkowski
Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (9-9), 2012, oil on linen on panel, 22 x 28 inches

Thomas Nozkowski
Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (8-128), 2010, oil on linen on panel, 22 x 28 inches
Thomas Nozkowski
Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (9-2), 2011, oil on linen on panel, 22 x 28 inches
Thomas Nozkowski
Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (9-10), 2012, oil on linen on panel, 22 x 28 inches

Stanley Whitney
Stanley Whitney, Aura of the Sand Fall, 2014, oil on linen, 48 x 48 inches
Stanley Whitney
Stanley Whitney, Dance the Orange, 2013, oil on linen, 48 x 48 inches


These are all paintings that I absolutely love but could never make myself, and I absolutely love them because I could never make them. I don't do geometry. But what I love and find affinity with is the hand drawn human element, the imperfect geometry. Not to mention the wonderful surface tension, color and line (of course). It's a juicy, vibrant combination, as Mary Heilmann puts it, of "Albers and deKooning in the same painting." Of all these artists Amy Sillman clearly references the body more than the others, but that's also why I love her work so much. Her blatant gesture combines figuration and abstraction in all the right ways. In certain pieces I can't help finding an affinity with (my first artist crush) painter Susan Rothenberg. 

Amy Sillman
Amy Sillman, Nut, 2011, oil on canvas, 91 x 84 inches

Amy Sillman
Amy Sillman, Junker, 2009, oil on canvas, 84 x 90 inches

Amy Sillman
Amy Sillman, Ich Auch, 2009, oil on canvas, 90.55 x 84.65 inches

Here is a great interview in BOMB magazine between Amy Sillman and R.H Quaytman where she talks more about the human element in her work.

Further looking and reading:
Sikkema, Jenkins & Co.
Art in America

Susan Rothenberg
Susan Rothenberg, 4 Kinds, 1991, oil on canvas, 52 x 88 inches

So maybe this would be the show...

Cordy Ryman
Thomas Nozkowski

Cordy RymanEric Sall
Thomas Nozkowski
Jason Karolak


Jason Karolak
Paul Behnke
Eric Sall

Paul Behnke
Amy SillmanJason Karolak
Amy SillmanMary Heilmann
Mary HeilmannStanley Whitney






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