Amy Sillman

Guna S. Mundheim Visual Arts Fellow - Class of Spring 2009


Current Location: New York


Amy Sillman is a painter who lives in Brooklyn, New York. The curator Claudia Schmuckli has written of her work: “Painting for Amy Sillman is more than just a medium; it is a condition. Marked by doubt and skepticism, Sillman belongs to a generation of painters who came of age during the medium's greatest moment of anxiety and who have reclaimed the medium for themselves.” Sillman's paintings are rich with contradiction, negotiating a complex terrain between opposing forces such as portraiture and abstraction, sloppiness and slowness, the psychological and the aesthetic. In her current work, Sillman is also preoccupied with the issue of color.

Sillman attended New York University, the School of Visual Arts in New York, and Bard College. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001 and a Tiffany Foundation Grant in 1999. Her work has been shown widely and is held in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum in New York. Sillman's solo show “Third Person Singular,” the exhibition of a year-long project of portraiture and abstract painting, was on view at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, and travelled to the Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, until January 2009. Her bibliography includes Amy Sillman/Gregg Bordowitz (A.R.T., 2007), and Amy Sillman - Work on Paper (Gregory R. Miller, 2006). Sillman also writes on painting and teaches in the MFA Programs of both Bard College and Columbia University.