Amy Sillman: Works on Paper
Text by Wayne Koestenbaum
Amy Sillman: Works on Paper is the first major publication of noted New York artist Amy Sillman. This beautiful book pairs Sillman’s drawings with an original text by Wayne Koestenbaum. Long celebrated for both his poetry and prose, Koestenbaum’s distinctive writing serves as the ideal complement to Sillman’s lyrical drawings, which are documented in brilliant full-color format.
Reminiscent of both film loops and long letters to her viewers, the presentation of the series of drawings in this book embodies the feeling of following, or participating in, an extended sequence of meandering events. As art critic Peter Schjeldahl has written, Sillman’s unusual and uncannily familiar images convey "a sense of emotional occasion that is part poem, part short story and part memoir or diary."
The Sexual Awkwardness of God, Koestenbaum’s inspired text written in response to Sillman’s work, brings to imaginative life the experience of looking at her art. Among the many illuminating aphorisms in his brilliant and witty text, Koestenbaum writes that Sillman's drawings "portray a search for dwelling, whether in house, coffin, body, bed, or situation" and are "documents of a clan lacking castle – legends of a kingdom that has not yet found its historian."
Paperback with slipcover, 10 x 11 inches, 128 pages, 115 color images
Published June 2006