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Amy Sillman: Faux Pas

Amy Sillman: Faux Pas


Publisher: After 8 Books, 2020, ISBN: 9782955948651, Format: 120 x 184mm, 272pp, 60 b/w ills

Since the 1970s, Amy Sillman – a beloved and key figure of the New York art scene – has developed a singular body of work that includes large-scale gestural paintings blending abstraction with representation, as well as zines and iPad animations. This publication is the first to gather a significant selection of Sillman’s stimulating essays, reviews and lectures on the practice of art or the work of other artists, accompanied by drawings, most of them made specially for the book.

Over the past decade, Sillman has also produced stimulating essays on the practice of art or the work of other artists: for example, reevaluating the work of the abstract expressionists with a queer eye; elaborating on the role of awkwardness and the body in the artistic process; and discussing in depth the role and meanings of colour and shape.

Featuring a foreword by Lynne Tillman, Faux Pas aims at revealing the coherence and originality of Sillman’s reflection, as she addresses the possibilities of art today, favouring excess over good taste, wrestling over dandyism, forms over symbols, with as much critical sense as humour.

Based in New York City, Amy Sillman (born 1955) is an artist whose work consistently combines the visceral with the intellectual. She began to study painting in the 1970s at the School of Visual Arts and she received her MFA from Bard College in 1995. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Whitney Biennial in 2014; her writing has appeared in Bookforum and Artforum, among other publications. She is currently represented by Gladstone Gallery, New York.

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