Amy Sillman


Amongst the most distinctive voices in contemporary painting, Amy Sillman paints and draws using innumerable layers, none of which the viewer sees in the final one, but which can be sensed from their active surface. Over the last three decades, she has interrogated the language and practice of painting, re-evaluating its history and extending its reach into emergent mechanical and digital processes.

Amy Sillman (b. 1955) lives and works in New York. Her work was included in the international exhibition The Milk of Dreams curated by Cecilia Alemani for the 59th Venice Biennale. She had severals solo exhibitions at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis (2021) and at both The Arts Club of Chicago and Camden Arts Centre, London (2019). Past solo exhibitions also include The Drawing Center, New York (2017); Portikus, Frankfurt (2016); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2015) and Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston (2013).

Major group exhibitions include Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, New-York (2023); Hirshhorn Museum, Washington (2022); Neues Museum, Nuremberg (2021); Modern Art Oxford, UK (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2015); Whitney Museum of Art, New York (2015); MoMA, New York (2015); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2014); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013); National Gallery of Art, Washington (2013) and Saatchi Gallery, London (2009).

Her work is part of the public collections of MoMA, New York; Tate Modern, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Baltimore Museum of Art; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; The Menil Collection, Houston; Museum Brandhorst, Munich; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussetts; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; Jack S. Blanton Museum, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin; KB Home Collection, Los Angeles; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Roverto (MART), Trento; Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Saatchi Gallery, London; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), San Francisco and Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Selected Works