Amy Sillman was born in Detroit, Michigan. The winding story line of her early years led her to work in a cannery in Alaska and a feminist silkscreen factory in Chicago, after which she trained at NYU as a Japanese interpreter for the UN. She finally landed at Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts, graduating in 1979. Then she spent more than a decade content, as she has said, with “learning how to make paintings—just working, not showing.” In 1995, the same year she received an MFA from Bard College, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in painting and the Elaine de Kooning Memorial Fellowship in 1995. In 1999 she received fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and in 2000 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 200 she began showing at Sikkema Jenkins and Co. in New York where she is currently represented.
Sillman’s paintings are in many prominent museums, including the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She has exhibited at Galleria Marabini in Bologna, Italy.She is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York. She lives and works in New York.
Jan Avgikos, Artforum: Sillman’s paintings mine the edges of abstraction, meshing patches of color with bursts of chaotic line and web-like compositional scaffolding.
Ken Johnson, New York Times: The paintings are especially gratifying up close, where you can study the richly complicated textures and colors.