• Amy Sillman, Ocean 1, 1997, oil on canvas, 72 x 60".

    Amy Sillman, Ocean 1, 1997, oil on canvas, 72 x 60".

    “Amy Sillman: One Lump or Two”

    Institute of Contemporary Art

    October 4, 2013–January 5, 2014

    Curated by Helen Molesworth

    Though Amy Sillman publicly declared that she had “broken up” with abstraction a few years ago, her recent work would suggest that the two are back on speaking terms. Their on-again, off-again relationship will be examined in Sillman’s first museum survey—which brings together more than ninety works made from 1988 to the present—and in the accompanying catalogue, with essays by Thomas Eggerer, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Daniel Marcus, and ICA curator Helen Molesworth. Best known for her dense and lavishly colored paintings that explore the ongoing potential of the expressive gesture and paint’s relationship to things erotic and bodily, Sillman more unabashedly lets her humorist side shine in her cartoons, diagrams, zines, and animations. As this survey will surely prove, these more ludic projects pack just as much of a wallop as her starkly physical canvases: One lump, or two?

    Travels to the Aspen Art Museum, CO, Feb. 13–May 11, 2014; Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Galleries at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, June 28–Sept. 21, 2014.