Galerie Eva Presenhuber is proud to announce a new Zurich gallery in the cultural heart of the city. Opening on June 5, 2020, the inaugural exhibition at Waldmannstrasse 6 will present new paintings and collages by the American artist Sue Williams.
Sue Williams is a contemporary American artist who explores issues of gender and the body. Through concealed messages in abstract painting, her vibrantly coloured and highly specific work serves as a foil to the male-dominated Abstract Expressionist movement. She has challenged earlier feminist artists, such as Judy Chicago, by exploring more controversial themes, such as domestic violence, sexual obscenity, and her anger towards the acceptance of sexism in society.
Sue Williams was born 1954 in Chicago Heights, IL, US, and lives and works in New York, NY, US. Williams studied at Cooper Union before transferring to California Institute of the Arts where she received her BFA in 1976. In 1993, the artist was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, and was included in the 1993, 1995, and 1997 Whitney Biennials.
Her first solo exhibition with Eva Presenhuber took place in 1999. Williams’ work is represented in major museums and private collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, US; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, US; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., US; the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, US; and Sammlung Goetz, Munich, DE. In the fall of 2015, a retrospective monograph was released by JRP|Ringier. Solo exhibitions in museums include Vienna Secession, Vienna, AT; IVAM Valencia, SP; Geneva Center for Contemporary Art, Geneva, CH; and Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, DE. Williams participated in 3 consecutive Whitney Biennials in 1993, 1995, and 1997. Major institutional group shows include Comic Abstraction, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, US (2007); Rebelle, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem, NL (2009); Keeping it Real, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2010); Figuring Color, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, US (2012); Take it or leave it, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, US (2014); America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, US (2015); and Painting 2.0, Museum Brandhorst, Munich, DE (2015-16).
Written by Zero Zurich