Amy Sillman

Lecture & Dining



New York–based artist Amy Sillman uses drawing as a catalyst for her artistic practice, which includes painting, animation, printing techniques, and zines. She is most recognized for lush, multilayered oil paintings that combine figures, fragments, and abstract forms, using a range of both vibrant and murky colors. Most recently she has been working with seriality and language, publishing a zine to accompany her painting exhibitions, and exploring such subjects as color and time. Keenly attuned to language, Sillman is interested in mistakes, accidents, productive conflict, and parapraxis arising from the materiality of her calligraphic impulse. Her work constantly generates beginnings and transformations, and registers the very process of change itself.


Amy Sillman (American, born 1955) has had solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Sillman’s artwork has also been included in recent group exhibitions at the Hammer Museum of Art in Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. The artist’s After Metamorphoses, an animated drawing conceived during a residency at the American Academy in Rome in 2014, was commissioned by the Drawing Center, New York, where it premiered in spring 2017, and is currently on view at the Albright-Know Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, through October 29, 2017.

Amy Sillman, Splitx2, 2016. Oil on canvas, 66 x 75 inches.