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Hardback144 PagesSize: 280 × 240 mm
100 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222977Publication: April 3, 2019
Series: Contemporary Painters Series

Amy Sillman

Valerie Smith


£35.00 GBP

Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of April 3, 2019

  • Amy SIllman’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Tate and the Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Valerie Smith’s fascinating text elaborates on the themes of process, humour, the abject, time, and transformation in Sillman’s paintings

  • Extensive documentation and exploratory discussions of the various phases of Sillman’s career reveals where her methodology and philosophy merge


A prolifically creative artistic polymath, American artist Amy Sillman (b.1955) works in drawing, zines, iPhone videos, installation, collaboration, teaching and curating, but painting has remained always at the very heart of her practice. This comprehensive monograph covers two decades of production, from the late-1990s to the present.

Valerie Smith’s text reveals Sillman’s uniquely time-based approach to painting, influenced and inflected as much by filmmakers and musicians and the processes of her other chosen disciplines as by strictly art-historical forebears. Sillman’s works perform an intensive cognitive and gestural interrogation of her chosen materials: discovering, undoing and reforming trains of painterly thought, often over long periods of time and across large numbers of linked works.

 Sillman’s painting emerges as a radically expressive force; a pointedly self-reflexive practice that reformulates contemporary painting as an ever-evolving continuum and never simply a finished work.        

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