Amy Sillman

1955 · United States

Artist biography

Amy Sillman is an established artist, who originates from the United States. Amy Sillman was born in 1955. Born in the same country and around the same year are Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Amy Sillman's work is on display in 9 galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Italy. Some of those galleries are Campoli Presti | London and Thomas Dane Gallery in the United Kingdom, as well as Gladstone Gallery in Belgium. Amy Sillman's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Mostly Drawing at Gladstone Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 26 January 2018 until 03 March 2018. Amy Sillman's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; carlier I gebauer I Madrid in Spain (15 November 2019 - 14 February 2020) with the name From Hand To Mind and Crown Point Press in the United States (13 March 2019 - 30 May 2019) with the name GESTURE: A Group Exhibition. Amy Sillman's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Mostly Drawing and took place at Gladstone Gallery in Brussels, Belgium from the 26 January 2018 to 03 March 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, particularly New York city, endures as a focal point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art hub came to be in the post war era, and the city succeeded in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art capital. The predominance of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern sphere has provided the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are essential art movements that flourished in the United States. These very movements also echoed into a myriad of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally acclaimed U.S artists of the modern age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Amy Sillman

Born in 1955, Amy Sillman's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a longing to grow and reinforce itself, as a reaction to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its prominence, especially in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the dominant artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, secured his status as a legendary artist, by bifurcating into film and magazine publishing, thus instituting a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such fame. A few noteworthy global movements that defined the decade include photorealism, which was firstly introduced in the 1960s and reached commercial and critical success in the 1970s, as well as feminism which deeply influenced the visual culture.

Amy Sillman

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