AMY SILLMAN (B. 1966) Passage, 1999-2000

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Lot 25
AMY SILLMAN
(B. 1966)
Passage, 1999-2000

Sold for US$ 60,312 inc. premium
Property from an Important Private Collection
AMY SILLMAN (B. 1966)
Passage, 1999-2000

signed and dated 'Amy Sillman 1999-2000' (on the reverse)
oil and paper on wood panel

50 1/8 x 60 in.
127.3 x 152.4 cm.

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  • Provenance
    Brent Sikkema, New York
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner



    Since moving to New York City in 1975, Amy Sillman's work has investigated the play between figuration and abstraction through complex explorations of gesture and brushwork via painting, drawing, animated film, zines, cartoons, collage and iPhone video.


    Influenced by Abstract Expressionism and the artists of the New York School while studying at the School of Visual Arts, Sillman's early works combined abstraction with representational imagery and expressive figures. Though her more recent work has focused solely on abstraction, these early works suggest the influence of 20th Century masters Willem de Kooning, Hans Hofmann and Philip Guston in their energetic expressions and dynamic forms. The present work, Passage (1999-2000), continues this path while nodding to those artists that came before her. A cryptic narrative is suggested by the intimately connected individualistic figures journeying upwards, flanked by a swirling mosaic of tiles and shapes in vibrant colors.


    Highly personal, Sillman's work can be read as insights into the artist's life with references and notes to experiences that have shaped her practice. Passage reflects a personal shift in subject matter, created during a period of personal losses in the artist's life, which is poetically and delicately suggested and explored on the canvas.


    Sillman's work has been the subject of many solo exhibitions at institutions including the Arts Club of Chicago; Camden Art Centre, London; the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Drawing Center, New York; Portikus, Frankfurt; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC. The artist's first museum survey show was held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, in 2013 and traveled to the Aspen Museum of Art and the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College. Her work can be found in revered public collections around the word including the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Saatchi Gallery, London; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
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