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Amy Sillman

Fatso

  • Year2009
  • MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions91 x 84 cm
  • Year of acquisition2015
  • Inventory numberUAB 921
  • On viewBasement floor

More about the artwork

Amy Sillman’s paintings result from a confrontation with the body. According to the artist, painting is “not limited to perception via the retina, it is a total body experience.” Her large-scale compositions emerge layer by layer in a process of form-finding and dissolution. “Fatso” is a fitting example of this. A cartoon-like voluminous body looms at the center of the painting: a fat lump, as the title explains. But everything seems to be in motion. The body refuses to find a fixed form; it extends into increasingly thick rolls. These, in turn, are framed by shapes reminiscent of a backrest, or fingers. The fact that this one-eyed “Fatso” looks so miserable can be understood as both a humorous and gloomy illustration of artistic self-doubt. Above all, however, it conveys, in a wholly physical manner, a sense of uneasiness with one’s own body.

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Andy Warhol Round Jackie, 1964UAB 512
Andy Warhol Round Jackie, 1964
Richard Avedon Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, poets, New York, December 30, 1963, undatiertUAB 808
Richard Avedon Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, poets, New York, December 30, 1963, undated
Rosemarie Trockel Ohne Titel, 1983UAB 411
Rosemarie Trockel Ohne Titel, 1983
Andy Warhol Still Life (Hammer and Sickle), 1976UAB 546
Andy Warhol Still Life (Hammer and Sickle), 1976
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975UAB 530
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2003UAB 656
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2003