Now, Then & Always – Susan Weil
17 September - 20 November
This retrospective exhibition by American artist Susan Weil is her first in Asia. Weil is among the key female figures who pushed the boundaries of Abstract Expressionism, a movement largely defined by male painters. As the narrative of modern art is rewritten and women artists are finally entering the spotlight, Weil’s contribution is coming to the fore.
Tracing the arc of her seven-decade career are landscapes from the 1960s, iconic blueprints (1949–2020), figurative paintings, series inspired by the natural world and work made this year.
Susan Weil was born in New York in 1930 and lives and works in New York. She studied under Josef Albers at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, the rural mecca for young artists, composers and choreographers. She often scoured campus rubbish dumps with Robert Rauschenberg where they found unexpected materials to incorporate in their experimental works.
Weil’s work is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and the Menil Collection, Houston, among others. In 2010, Skira Editore published Susan Weil: Moving Pictures, a comprehensive monograph documenting her large and diverse body of art, livres d’artistes and poetry. Weil is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship.
Notable exhibitions of Weil’s work include Frontiers Reimagined at the 56th Venice Biennale; Bauhaus and America: Experiments in Light and Movement at the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Germany; and Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957, which premiered in 2015 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and then traveled to the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Columbus. Her work was also shown in James Joyce: Shut Your Eyes and See at the Poetry Collection, University at Buffalo, New York; and in Our Own Work, Our Own Way, at the Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina in 2020.