Biography

Susan Weil is fascinated by the relationship between seeing and knowing, and how to represent time, motion and language. She often fractures the picture plane in her work, deconstructing and reconstructing images using a range of materials including collage, blueprint, and paint on recycled canvas, acrylic and wood.

Coming of age at the centre of the New York School with its eclectic cultural influences and interdisciplinary experimentation, Weil studied under Josef Albers at Black Mountain College. Her peers included Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly. But unlike her contemporaries, Weil has never been afraid to pursue figuration and reference reality, drawing inspiration from nature, literature, photographs and her personal history, embracing serious and playful elements in her work.

Over the years, she cultivated strong interests in the great modern Irish author James Joyce, the Persian poet Rumi, and the pioneering English-American photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Weil also studied in Paris and has exhibited in Sweden and Germany. Otherwise, however, she says, “I don’t travel a lot, but I travel in my mind.” She concludes: “I stand on a Susan spot. The world and the art world shift and change around me. I also deepen and build. It is a special perspective to watch this double cycling.”

Weil is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her work is included in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; National museum, Stockholm; Helsinki City Art Museum; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. In 2010, Skira released Susan Weil, Moving Pictures, a 142-page monograph documenting her large and diverse body of art, livres d’artistes and poetry.

In 2015, Susan Weil's work was included in the exhibition Frontiers Reimagined, a collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale. Other notable recent exhibitions include Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957, which premiered in 2015 at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, North Carolina and will be traveling through 2016, first at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and then to the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Columbus. A solo exhibition of her work is on view in James Joyce: Shut Your Eyes and See at the Poetry Collection, University of Buffalo, New York.

Born in New York in 1930 | Lives and works in New York

Group Show
Hong Kong
Group Show
July 2 – September 18, 2015
Winter Group Show
Hong Kong
Winter Group Show
February 6 – 28, 2015
Summer Group Show
NY | Chelsea
Summer Group Show
July 24 – August 23, 2014
To Be a Lady
Singapore
To Be a Lady
An International Celebration of Women in the Arts October 23, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Susan Weil
NY | Chelsea
Susan Weil
Time's Pace May 16 – June 15, 2013
8 Women / 8 Stories
HONG KONG
8 Women / 8 Stories
March 8 – April 7, 2013
Home and the World
Singapore
Home and the World
January 18 – April 28, 2013
Winter Group Show
HONG KONG
Winter Group Show
December 18, 2012 – February 18, 2013
Group Show
HONG KONG
Group Show
August 11 – September 9, 2012
Group Show
HONG KONG
Group Show
June 22 – July 22, 2012
Summer Group Show
NY | CHELSEA
Summer Group Show
June 21 – July 21, 2012
Spectrum: East/West/Beyond
HONG KONG
Spectrum: East/West/Beyond
December 8, 2011 – January 29, 2012
Perspectives
NY | CHELSEA
Perspectives
Nine Women, Nine Views July 7 – 30, 2011
Continuum
HONG KONG
Continuum
A Group Show July 7 – August 28, 2011
Susan Weil
NY | CHELSEA
Susan Weil
Reflections May 5 – June 4, 2011
The Reason for Hope
NY | Chelsea
The Reason for Hope
Group Show March 11 – April 3, 2010
The Reason for Hope
Beverly Hills
The Reason for Hope
Group Show January 15 – February 14, 2010
The Reason For Hope
Hong Kong
The Reason For Hope
Group Show December 17, 2009 – January 17, 2010
Seven Women / Seven Stories
NY | Chelsea
Seven Women / Seven Stories
New work from historically significant woman painters July 25 – September 26, 2009
Here & Now
NY | Chelsea
Here & Now
Group Show July 8 – August 29, 2009
Summer Group Show
Hong Kong
Summer Group Show
July 3 – September 17, 2009
Here and Now
Hong Kong
Here and Now
Group Show March 26 – June 6, 2009
Susan Weil
Hong Kong
Susan Weil
Motion Pictures February 18 – March 21, 2009
Susan Weil
NY | Chelsea
Susan Weil
Motion Pictures October 11 – November 9, 2008
Susan Weil
NY | Chelsea
Susan Weil
Trees April 22 – May 17, 2008
Group Show
Beverly Hills
Group Show
March 10 – April 4, 2008
Susan Weil
NY | Chelsea
Susan Weil
Now and Then; A Retrospective April 20 – May 20, 2006
Susan Weil
NY | Chelsea
Susan Weil
October 24 – November 9, 2005
Next Level
NY | Chelsea
Next Level
June 29 – September 6, 2005
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