Flowers for TzK (2020)
The age of pandemic-induced lockdowns has confronted many artists with the challenge of continuing their production even as exhibitions, art fairs, and biennials are canceled until further notice. For Amy Sillman, whose work has been instrumental in expanding contemporary painting into media such as installation art, video, and magazines, 2020 brought unprecedented productivity. In the spring, as the virus began to spread and Sillman was temporarily unable to go to her painting studio in New York, she responded to the novel situation, which called for improvisation, by sitting at her kitchen table every morning and painting floral still lifes: a bouquet of peonies, a single sunflower hanging its head, or, as in her edition “Flowers for TzK” – a limited series of silkscreened works, each with a unique painted ground – a bundle of irises. Their gestural abstraction is a hallmark of Sillman’s work; the relation between foreground and background is deliberately rough, and the flowers’ colors and contours verge on the abstract.A collection of Sillman’s recent essays and graphic art, “Faux Pas: Selected Writings and Drawings,” was published by After 8 Books last fall. A complimentarycopy of the book is included with this edition.