March 20, 2008

Amy Sillman's couple fixation

In the Washington City Paper Maura Judkis reports that the “he” and “she” of Amy Sillman’s solo show at the Hirshhorn Museum, “Third Person Singular,” describe the couples Sillman sketches and then, on a separate canvas, reduces to abstraction. "These black-and-white drawings inspire her bold-hued paintings with touches of cubism, color field, and strong lines that keep the eye darting around the canvas. For Sillman, the observation of her selected couples is as important as the process of painting. 'Drawing gave me license to stare at them…looking at them makes me the ‘other.’ My psychiatrist gets a gleeful look on her face when I talk about it,' she said in a dialogue for the museum catalog. The shallow tangles of limbs in her drawings make way for more therapy fodder—Sillman said the hundreds of layers of oil paint on each of the 13 canvases conceal anxieties and feelings about coupledom." Read more.

"Amy Sillman: Third Person Singular," curated by Anne Ellegood and Ian Berry. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC. Through July 6. Traveling to the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, July 19- January 4
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