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Sue Williams

Colonial Revision . 2020

Colonial Revision . 2020

+ Galerie Eva Presenhuber

Sue is not the only artist whose work has evoked these facts of our collective existence, of course, but the way she brings them into her work is unique, because she has no interest in persuading us of the seriousness of her concerns, or of the importance of her treatment of them; she has never cultivated a style that is austere, grim, or lugubrious, even in the bluntest of her early works. The tone of her work is neither apocalyptic nor mournful. It has always been imbued with humor, but over time the humor has become less visceral, more elegant. It’s hard to think of any painter working today whose work is so high-spirited, free-spirited, more buoyant. With her bright, translucent colours, wittily virtuosic and unpredictable line, and lightness of touch, not to mention her anti-gravitational sense of composition in which up, down, and sideways are all one, Sue’s aesthetic might be defined as a Rococo of distress, or as what protest art would be if it could be part of a tradition that somehow encompassed both Florine Stettheimer and Cy Twombly.
Barry Schwabsky
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