Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman

The Shape of Shape

May 21–Oct 4, 2020


Installation view of Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman—The Shape of Shape, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 21, 2019–April 12, 2020. © 2020 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp
  • MoMA, Floor 5, 516

In The Shape of Shape, Amy Sillman—an artist who has helped redefine contemporary painting, pushing the medium into drawing, installations, video, and zines—has created a revelatory Artist’s Choice installation drawn from the Museum’s collection. “Even though shape is everywhere,” she reflected, “we don’t talk about it much; it’s not a hot topic in art, like color or systems. So I decided to look for works in MoMA’s collection in which shape does prevail over other considerations…. Often eccentric, poetic, or intimate, these works are like bodies that speak, operating at the hub of language and matter, signs and sensations.” The Shape of Shape features works that span vastly different time periods, places, and mediums, many rarely seen. Here, Sillman presents a highly personal exploration of shape—the ever-shifting boundaries that define what and how we see—in modern art.

This exhibition is included in our Virtual Views series. Hear directly from Amy Sillman and Michelle Kuo, the Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture, during a live Q&A, and experience The Shape of Shape through a downloadable artist’s zine, video, installation views, and more.

Organized by Amy Sillman with Michelle Kuo, The Marlene Hess Curator, and Jenny Harris, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

Inaugurated in 1989, the Artist’s Choice series invites artists to organize exhibitions drawn from MoMA’s collection. Sillman is the fourteenth artist to participate in the series.

The Artist’s Choice exhibition series is made possible through The Agnes Gund Artist’s Choice Fund endowed by Iara Lee and George Gund III, Lulie and Gordon Gund, Ann and Graham Gund, and Sarah and Geoffrey Gund.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund.

Painted wall backdrop created by Amy Sillman. Special thanks to Albert Dietrich.


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