Amy Sillman: Alex Katz Chair in Painting Artist Talk

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 6:30 - 8pm

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Installation view, Amy Sillman: Twice Removed, Gladstone Gallery, New York, 2020.  Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

Installation view, Amy Sillman: Twice Removed, Gladstone Gallery, New York, 2020. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

The School of Art is pleased to present an artist lecture by Amy Sillman, Fall 2020 Alex Katz Chair in Painting. 

As an introduction to her work, Amy Sillman described some of her artistic principles.

Amy Sillman was born in 1955 in Detroit, Michigan, and currently lives and works in New York. Sillman’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at institutions including: Arts Club of Chicago, Illinois; Camden Arts Centre, London; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Drawing Center, New York; Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. Beginning at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 2014, Sillman’s solo exhibition, "one lump or two," traveled to the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York. Her works are held in the public collections of prominent institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. For the Museum of Modern Art’s reopening in fall 2019, and on view until October 2020, Sillman curated the exhibition, “Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman—The Shape of Shape.”

Sillman’s newest book, Amy Sillman: Faux Pas: Selected Writings and Drawings, published by After 8 Books, Paris and with a foreword by author Lynne Tillman, is available on DAP’s website.

The Alex Katz Chair was founded in 1999 by the School of Art with generous support by alumnus Alex Katz. The Chair provides a one-semester visiting professorship to a distinguished artist working in the fields of Painting and Drawing.

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