At Modern Art Notes, Tyler Green dedicates the week to New York painter Amy Sillman, who currently has a show at the Hirshhorn in DC. “There are no shortage of sources in Sillman’s paintings. While many abstract artists love to hide the quarries they mined — such as how Clyfford Still spent decades denying and hiding the influence of landscape on his art — Sillman flaunts hers. Like many painters who came of artistic age in the 1980s (Sillman first showed her paintings in NYC in 1982), Sillman has grappled with the history of American post-war abstraction. Instead of running away from it, she’s cleverly chosen bits and pieces to embrace and incorporate. (The painters she’s rejected stand out just as loudly: Her paintings include none of David Reed’s finish, Joan Mitchell’s free-fall, or Still’s disdain for brushiness.)” 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