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Amy Sillman’s “Shapes”

The artist shares an original zine on the occasion of her MoMA Artist’s Choice exhibition.

Amy Sillman, Michelle Kuo

Amy Sillman is a painter who has expanded and pushed the medium into many other genres—from drawing to video to zines, DIY publications usually made fast and printed on the fly. For MoMA, Sillman has created a new zine issue, “Shapes,” on the occasion of her exhibition Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman—The Shape of Shape, for which she selected more than 70 works from the Museum’s collection.

The zine takes off where the exhibition began: with shapes, those shifting, omnipresent entities that define who we are and what we see. As Sillman writes, “Basically everything in the world is a shape...every edge, corner, blob, form, silhouette, or negative space is something you have to navigate to get through a room.” She explores little-known histories of shape in modern art and gives us a raucous visual tour of all those artists who, she argues, don’t quite fit into the traditional canon—“oddballs” who explored shape without systems, dreams instead of rules, detours rather than grand plans. And yet all this seemingly blithe play with shape—with bodies, geographies, relationships—is at the core of art and even politics. As we read in the zine, “form registers protest.”

YOU CAN READ/SEE/DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE ZINE HERE.

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