Sue Williams  (American, 1954) 

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Sue Williams (American, b.1954) is a feminist painter who often combines themes of gender politics and the body into her work. She received her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts in 1976. Her early works of highly-narrative comic and caricature paintings made her known to a larger audience. She challenged earlier feminist artists, such as Judy Chicago (American, b.1939), by exploring more controversial themes, such as domestic violence, sexual obscenity, and her anger towards the acceptance of sexism in society. In the 1990s, her work became highly Expressionist, and she often combined text in her paintings. Her violent images became more abstract and fragmented, and in 1993, she was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. The early 2000s brought another stylistic change, as her works became more monochromatic, and her brushstrokes became an essential theme. Often Abstract, Williams’ painting can depict details of body parts and human organs, such as torn blood vessels and broken bones, amongst others. Williams has exhibited her work internationally, and is a part of numerous public and museum collections, such as Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, amongst others.

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Sue Williams, Pink Pentagon

 

Sue Williams
Pink Pentagon
2013

Maruani & Mercier Gallery
Sue Williams, Order From Yellow

 

Sue Williams
Order From Yellow
2013

Maruani & Mercier Gallery
Sue Williams, Friendly

 

Sue Williams
Friendly
2012

Maruani & Mercier Gallery
Sue Williams, From the Pentagon

 

Sue Williams
From the Pentagon
2012

Maruani & Mercier Gallery
Sue Williams, Exhibition View Galerie Eva Presenhuber

 

Sue Williams
Exhibition View Galerie Eva Presenhuber
2010

Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Sue Williams, Exhibition View Galerie Eva Presenhuber

 

Sue Williams
Exhibition View Galerie Eva Presenhuber
2010

Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Sue Williams, SW-01-I-95

 

Sue Williams
SW-01-I-95
1995

Derriere L'Etoile Studios
Sue Williams, SW-08-III-95

 

Sue Williams
SW-08-III-95
1995

Derriere L'Etoile Studios
Sue Williams, SW-14-III-95

 

Sue Williams
SW-14-III-95
1995

Derriere L'Etoile Studios
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Sue Williams, Untitled (in 3 parts)

 

Sue Williams
Untitled (in 3 parts), 1997
lithograph in red, blue and green

 

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Sue Williams, Oranges and Blues

 

Sue Williams
Oranges and Blues, 1998
oil and acrylic on canvas

 

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Sue Williams, Beaks are Private

 

Sue Williams
Beaks are Private, 1992
pencil, ink and collage on paper

 

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1954   Born: Chicago Heights, IL
1972   BFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
1973   Cooper Union, New York, NY
1975 - 1976   BFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
  Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
2010   Al-Qaida is the CIA , 303 Gallery, New York/NY, USA (solo)
2010   Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2010   South Hill Park Open Exhibition Prints, Berkshire, England
2008   Project for the new american century, David Zwirner, New York/NY, USA (solo)
2008   Sue Williams: Small Talk, High Heels, Ormeau Baths Gallery OBG, Belfast, Northern Ireland (solo)
2007   Into Me/Out of Me, MACRO al Mattatoio, Rome, Italy
Fast Forward: Collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
InWords: The Art of Language, University Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark/DE
Comic Abstraction: Image Breaking, Image Making, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Beneath the Underdog, Gagosian,Madison Ave, New York, NY
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. 45 Years of Art and Feminism, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
2006   Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Defamation of Character, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
Into Me/Out of Me, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY (itinerary: Kunst-Werke, Berlin: MARCO Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome)
Lara Schnitger, Lily van der Stokker, Sue Williams, Modern Art, London, England
Still Points of the Turning World: SITE Santa Fe's Sixth International Biennial, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
New York, New York: Fifty Years of Art, Architecture, Film, Music, and Video, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
Bearings: The Female Figure, P.S. 122 Gallery, New York, NY
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2006   Sue Williams: Small talks, high heels, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales (solo)
2006   Sue Williams: Small talks, high heels, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales (solo)
2005   303 Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
BA-CA Kunstforum, Willem de Kooning, Vienna, Austria
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Extreme Abstraction, Buffalo, NY
2004   Staatsgallerie Stuttgart, Funny Cuts: Cartoons und Comics in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst, Stuttgart
The Parrish Art Museum, North Fork/South Fork: East End Art Now, South Hampton
The American Academy of Art and Letters, New York
Bernier / Eliades Gallery, Athens, Greece (solo)
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
Addison Gallery of American Art Andover, MA (solo)
2003   Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Galleria Il capricorno, Venice, Italy (solo)
Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (solo)
Texas Gallery, Size Matters, Houston, TX
G Gallery, Drawing, Washington D.C.
University of Santa Barbara, Social Strategies: Redefining Social Realism, Santa Barbara, CA
2003   Carpenter Center, Harvard, Cambridge/MA, USA
2002   Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria
2002   303 Gallery, New York/NY, USA
2002   Sue Williams - A Fine Line, The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art (PBICA), Lake Worth, FL (closed)
2002   Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany (solo)
Galerie Hauser & Wirth & Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2001   Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2001   Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, Greece (solo)
1999   Galerie Hauser & Wirth & Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2005    Vitorelli , Rita, A Letter From Sue Williams, in: spike – Art Quarterly, July 2005, No. 4, p. 62-73
2005    Hezel, Sarah (ed.), EXTREME abstraction, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, 2005
2003    Gorsen, Peter, Organverschlingung, in: FAZ, 6.1.03, p.33
2002    Burton, Johanna, review, Time Out NY, May 16-23, No. 346, p. 73
2002    Review, The New Yorker, May 6, p.18
2002    Glueck, Grace, review, The New York Times, May 3, p. 39
2002    Steiner, Urs, Disney durchgedreht, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 6. September 2002, Nr. 206, p.44
2002    Schwabsky, Barry Abjection by Other Means, in: Art in America, January, 2002, No. 1, p.92
2001    Kimmelman, Michael, In a Cheerful Groove, With a Plan and Senendipity, in: The New York Times, New York, December 28, 2001, p. 41, p. 43, ill.
2000    Galerie Joan Prats (ed.), Sue Williams, Barcelona, 2000 (exh. cat.)