Landline - Camden Art Centre

Amongst the most distinctive voices in contemporary painting, Amy Sillman exhibited through all the galleries for her first institutional exhibition in the UK.

Over the last three decades, she has interrogated the language and practice of painting, re-evaluating its history and extending its reach into emergent mechanical and digital processes. Working in New York, Sillman’s wayward form of abstraction has pushed defiantly at the process-oriented approaches typically associated with the traditions of post-war painting, infusing her work with a modern sensibility, critical self-reflexivity and humour.

Many of Sillman’s works undergo prolonged periods of gestation during which they are reworked, layered, washed over, scraped back, reoriented, sanded and embellished; ultimately moved from one state to another. This physical and emotional process is inscribed in the accretions of the work’s rendered surfaces; an energy of antagonism resides in forms that remain somehow in flux, feelings that don’t resolve, signs that don’t signify and materials that struggle between construction and deconstruction.

Sillman’s entire back catalogue of self-published zines were available for visitors to take away, alongside a new issue created especially for Camden Art Centre. In a new site-specific installation, Sillman was working in a bold new format for the very first time, creating a sequence of large double-sided works on paper that combine print, drawing and painting. Landline explored the depth and scope of Sillman’s exuberant practice ranging from the political and social to the emotional and psychological in an extraordinary body of work that encompasses gestural drawing, painting, silkscreen print processes, video animation and zines.

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The Artist

Amy Sillman (b. 1955, Detroit, USA) lives and works in New York City. Her works have been exhibited internationally in solo exhibitions which include: Gladstone 64, New York (2018); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2017); The Drawing Center, New York (2017); Portikus, Frankfurt/Main (2016); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2015); ICA Boston, MA; Aspen Art Museum and Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (all 2013). Her works have been presented in countless group exhibitions at public institutions including: Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany (2018); Kunsthaus Hamburg (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit (2017); Modern Art Oxford, UK (2016); Whitney Museum of Art, New York (2016, 2015, 2014); Hammer Museum at Art + Practice, Los Angeles, CA  (2016); Tate Modern, London (2015); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2014); Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (2014); Wexner Center, Columbus (2013); and Kunstverein München, Germany (2013). Since 2015 Sillman has held the position of Professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main.

Amy Sillman Introductory Talk

Thursday 27 September, 5.45 – 6.30 pm

Amy Sillman discussed her new exhibition, Landline, with Martin Clark, Director of Camden Art Centre, ahead of the preview.

Gallery Tours: Amy Sillman

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 12.00 & 4.00pm

Drop in free, short gallery tours led by our Volunteer Front of House assistants.

The tours begin in the Central Space.

Educators' Social

Wednesday 17 October
6.00 – 7.00pm

An evening to meet the Education team, take part in an informal tour of the exhibition and engage with new resources. The team launched the new Educators’ Resource. This guide provides activities and conversation points for students of all ages and is designed to support educators in structuring a visit to the centre and in planning related lessons.

Jennifer Higgie on Amy Sillman

Wednesday 14 November, 7.00 – 8.00pm

Leading art critic, writer and Editorial Director of frieze magazine, Jennifer Higgie, presented a talk in response to Amy Sillman’s exhibition, expanding on themes and ideas within Sillman’s work.

Jennifer Higgie is a writer and the editorial director of frieze magazine. She is the editor of The Artist’s Joke published by the MIT Press.

Installation view of Amy Sillman: Landline, at Camden Art Centre, 2018. Photo: Luke Walker
Installation view of Amy Sillman: Landline, at Camden Art Centre, 2018. Photo: Luke Walker

Amy Sillman and Allison Katz In Conversation

Friday 5 October, 6.30 – 7.30pm
UCL Darwin Building Lecture Theatre, accessed via Malet Place, Bloomsbury Campus, WC1E 6BT

Painter Allison Katz and Amy Sillman discussed their work and influences, painting as an expanded medium, and the role of language and writing within their practices.
This event was organised with the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.

Established in 1871, The Slade School of Fine Art approaches the practice of contemporary art and the history and theories that inform it in an experimental, research-oriented and imaginative way. An art school with a world leading reputation, the Slade makes a significant contribution to the field of contemporary art both nationally and internationally.

This event took place at UCL Darwin Building Lecture Theatre, Bloomsbury Campus.

Amy Sillman Exhibition Tour

Sunday 6 January, 3.00 – 3.45pm

Curator Gina Buenfeld led a tour on the final day of the exhibition.