Amy Sillman’s S, 2007, courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
March 13 to July 6, 2008
Amy Sillman is known for paintings that are intimate, psychological and full of humor and pathos. For this new body of work, the artist begins by drawing couples from life and then makes additional drawings from memory, using these as inspiration for related paintings. Her works embrace abstraction without abandoning representation, as the details of the figures are shrouded behind bold strokes and geometric forms. Ultimately, Sillman’s latest works present feelings and anxieties in an abstract language. The exhibition is co-organized by curator Anne Ellegood of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and curator Ian Berry of the Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum.
Directions – Amy Sillman, Third Person Singular was co-organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. The presentation at the Hirshhorn is made possible through the generous support of Trellis Fund, the Holenia Trust Fund II, the Hirshhorn’s Board of Trustees, and contributions to the Annual Circle.