Amy Sillman @ ICA Boston

Amy Sillman, C, 2007, oil on canvas, 45 x 39 inches (collection of Gary and Debo
Amy Sillman, C, 2007, oil on canvas, 45 x 39 inches (collection of Gary and Deborah Lucidon, photo: John Berens)

Joe Leduc reviews the recent exhibition Amy Sillman: one lump or two at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Leduc wrtites: "Sillman reinvigorates a beloved painterly mode by shrugging off its baggage. Her wit disarms expectations, allowing her to explore modernist form in a contemporary manner, invention flowing seemingly unfiltered from an endlessly turning mind and hand... A group of abstract works, based in part upon drawings done of couples together, possesses a concentration and balance not always present in the stream of painterly consciousness that marks her other canvases. In C, the deliberate building of lines and shapes of color out of thick, steady paint application provide a rhythm that grows to feel inevitable and necessary. The points of intersection or contrasting trajectories of the geometries that create a sensitive interplay. They contrast with the roughness of her forms. There’s a hesitating delicacy built upon a structural solidity that reminds one of Richard Diebenkorn."