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Amy Sillman


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Painter Amy Sillman joins us virtually for the last Diversities in Practice talk of 2021 to discuss her work and process over the past few years.

The New York–based Sillman, who was featured in the Wexner Center exhibitions Inherent Structure and Landscape Confection, will share a text about her "principles," a manifesto of sorts illuminating the ideas that give her practice an aesthetic and ethical shape. The text, brief yet expansive, will be narrated alongside a virtual kaleidoscope of images by other artists that speed by as she reads, images simultaneously illustrating and punctuating her text.

More about the series

Diversities in Practice is a collaboration between Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Art, and Living Culture Initiative. This series includes talks and moderated discussions featuring a range of artists, thinkers, and practitioners engaged in compelling and critical work, centering projects that examine, shape, and push both material and ideological boundaries. This season we are happy to present Liz Deschenes, Christopher Harris, Amy Sillman, Futura, and other artists. These presentations will be available online throughout 2021–22. Also available online are past talks from Stephanie Syjuco, Tomashi Jackson, Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor, Jonathan Berger, Torkwase Dyson, and Cauleen Smith. Watch this website for updates and details.

About the artist

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After studying Japanese language at New York University, Sillman received a BFA in painting in 1979 at SVA in New York City, and then an MFA in painting at Bard College in 1995. While still an undergraduate in the 1970s, a teacher told Sillman that she had to “decide between” figuration and abstraction—her work ever since that time has been based on proving that binary (and others) wrong. Instead, she welcomes contradiction and dialectics into gestural painting procedures, working both fast, improvisationally, and slow, with a process of accumulating and editing innumerable layers. Over the past 10 years, Sillman has added writing, curating, zine-making, animation, and site-specific installations to her practice.

Her work is held in numerous private and public collections, including New York's Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, LA MoCA, The Tate Modern in London, Munich's Brandhorst Museum, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. A mid-career traveling survey show one lump or two, curated by Helen Molesworth, originated at the ICA Boston in 2013 and was accompanied by a monographic catalogue. Sillman also often writes on art, and her bibliography includes Faux Pas, a book of collected texts and drawings published in 2020. Her own work has been written about regularly in journals such as Artforum, Art News, Texte zur Kunst, and Frieze, and other publications. 

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Art, and Living Culture Initiative.

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Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel
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