Amy Sillman @ the ICA

December 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

Williamsburg Portraits, 1991-92

Williamsburg Portraits, 1991-92

There’s only a few days left to see the Amy Sillman:  One Lump or Two exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA which runs through January 5th, 2014.  This was one of the more inspirational exhibits that I was able to attend in 2013.  It’s encouraging to see a major show by a woman artist and Amy Sillman’s melange of a variety of mediums did not disappoint.

ortraits, 1991-92 (closer view)

Portraits, 1991-92 (closer view)

The range of her accomplishments was validating as an artist since her work included a vast selection of projects that encompassed a series of these watercolor portraits of folks she associated with in Brooklyn, small sketchy drawings, large abstract paintings, zines, illustrative pieces and video art created on an iphone.  As an artist it’s gratifying to continually explore the limits of one’s visual repertoire.

'Shade' 1997-98, oil & gouache on wood

‘Shade’ 1997-98, oil & gouache on wood

It’s worth the effort to make the pilgrimage to this worthy exhibit that has a surprise in every piece that you explore.  There are small intimate pieces to large paintings that make a statement with color, texture and composition and all of them have a feminine and hip vibe.  There are paintings that are storytelling and literal, then, turn a corner to see beautiful abstractions.  While there are only a few days left to attend-this is an exhibit not to be missed.


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