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 the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and then traveled to the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. The show is curently on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Columbus, through January 1, 2017. A solo exhibition of her work was recently 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
NY | Chelsea
GROUP SHOW
July 20 – August 26, 2017
Susan Weil
NY | Chelsea
Susan Weil
Now and Then June 8 – July 15, 2017
Susan Weil
NY | Madison Avenue
Susan Weil
May 31 – July 15, 2017
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
Susan Weil
NY | CHELSEA
Susan Weil
Reflections May 5 – June 4, 2011
Susan Weil
Hong Kong
Susan Weil
Motion Pictures February 18 – March 21, 2009
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Beverly Hills
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Motion Pictures October 11 – November 9, 2008
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NY | Chelsea
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Trees April 22 – May 17, 2008
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NY | Chelsea
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Now and Then; A Retrospective April 20 – May 20, 2006
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NY | Chelsea
Susan Weil
October 24 – November 9, 2005
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Now and Then
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Moving Pictures
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Trees
New York
Museum Exhibition
New York
Susan Weil featured in Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends at MoMA On view until September 17, 2017
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Museum Exhibition
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Begin to See: The Photographers of Black Mountain College Through May 20, 2017
Susan Weil at Wexner Center for the Arts
Museum Exhibition
Susan Weil at Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbus, Ohio September 17, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Los Angeles Times
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Los Angeles Times
The top 10 art museum exhibitions of 2016 December 2016

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933-1957, UCLA Hammer Museum, featuring gallery artist Susan Weil.

Artforum
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Artforum
Lost and Found March 1, 2016

Scholar Michael Lobel recently discovered of a cache of photographic negatives from 1951 of Robert Rauschenberg and his then wife and collaborator, Susan Weil, demonstrating their process of making the legendary blueprints—direct cyanotype impressions of bodies and things—on the floor of the one-room apartment they shared in New York.

Blouin Artinfo
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Blouin Artinfo
Dealer's Notebook: Q&A With Sundaram Tagore June 2015

Blouin Artinfo speaks with Sundaram about STG's early days; what makes a good gallerist; and which historical figure he would like to share a drink with.

South China Morning Post | Post Magazine
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South China Morning Post | Post Magazine
The Exhibitionists October 2014

Gallerist Sundaram Tagore's 2,500 sq ft Mid-Levels flat is filled with artwork that speaks volumes about his family.

Blouin Artinfo/Modern Painters
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Blouin Artinfo/Modern Painters
500 Best Galleries Worldwide July 2013

Sundaram Tagore Gallery has been named one of the top galleries in the world by Blouin Artinfo and Modern Painters magazine.

Hyperallergic
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Hyperallergic
Black Mountain College Veteran’s Curiosity Spurs Her Art June 2013

The brilliant and inventive mind of Susan Weil is on full display at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery through June 15. At 83, Weil has lived at the epicenter of the New York art world since the early 1950s, and although her art has been relatively overshadowed by that of her contemporaries, Weil's current show has the makings of her best.

Blouin ArtInfo
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Blouin ArtInfo
interview with Susan Weil June 2013

Artist Susan Weil talks with Blouin Artinfo about the work in her new exhibition, Time's Pace.

New York Times
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New York Times
Outsize Barnett Newman, With His Signature Zip APRIL 2013

The works belong to Susan Weil, an 83-year-old artist who was married to Rauschenberg from 1950 to 1953. The two, who met at art school in Paris, remained close until Rauschenberg's death. (Like her ex-husband, Ms. Weil isn't one to retire: An exhibition of her new works opens on May 16 at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Chelsea.)

Christie's
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Christie's
Interview with Susan Weil April 2013

American painter Susan Weil discusses her artistic process, including examples of her own work, and reflects on her childhood and influences.

Gallery Guide
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Gallery Guide
Lee Waisler - About Faces March 2011

For his second solo exhibition in Hong Kong, California-based American painter Lee Waisler presents a series of moving portraits of historical and contemporary figures. Having practiced abstraction for decades, Waisler returned to figuration full-force six years ago, making what he calls "dimensional portraits," combining strips of wood and blocks of color to create nuanced faces and figures.

Living Galleries
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Living Galleries
Sundaram Tagore Gallery - Hong Kong July 2010

"Sundaram Tagore Gallery opened its doors in 2000 with a mission to foster the exchange of ideas between different cultures. With three locations in New York, Hong Kong and Beverly Hills, the stable of transnational artists straddles the terrain of east and west. The artists fail from such countries as India, Japan, Korea, , Uzbekistan, Mexico, Europe and America. The galleries have become known for cultural activities and collaborative events across the world."

ARTgazine
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ARTgazine
A Vibrant Platform for Modern and Contemporary Art September 2009

"The Art section of Hong Kong International Art and Antiques Fair 2009 will feature exceptional works by celebrated artists in a diversity of artistic styles and media. Sundaram Tagore Gallery of New York, Beverly Hills and Hong Kong will show work that encourages a dialogue between the East and West. Featured artists include Hiroshi Senju(Japan), Sohan Qadri (India) and Kim Joon (Korea) along with Susan Weil (USA), Natvar Bhavsar (India)."

South China Morning Post
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South China Morning Post
Let the Sun Shine On August 2009

"A Hong Kong gallery is taking an upbeat attitude by presenting major names in its exhibitions [...] Even as galleries along the city's arts and antiques hub, Hollywood Road axe show and offer fewer high-priced works to tide over the global credit crunch, Sundaram Tagore continues to showcase major pieces by the artists it represents."

Art Observed
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Art Observed
Susan Weil blueprint, (S. & A. Cohen collection), exhibited at Sotheby's Women exhibition & Gagosian's Go Figure Exhibition July, 2009 - April, 2010

Susan Weil blueprint, (Steve and Alexandra Cohen collection), exhibited at Sotheby's Women exhibition as well as Gagosian's Go Figure exhibition.
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South China Morning Post
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South China Morning Post
Preview: Here and Now at Sundaram Tagore Gallery March 2009

Art historian Sundaram Tagore's doctoral thesis looks at Indian artists' response to European modernisation from the 1940s to 1980s. As a curator, however, his focus is more on the here and now. Hence the title of his gallery's latest group exhibition by 18 international artists, which opens today at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery's Hong Kong branch.

Asian Art News
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Asian Art News
Susan Weil at Sundaram Tagore Gallery March 2009

Susan Weil's paintings under the title Motion Pictures, are world-class pieces by a world-class painter. To see them on a Hong Kong gallery wall is gratifying twice. Not only does the show raise the bar along Hollywood Road and its environs; it also brings out a certain Asian-ness in the work—in the color, some of its subjects, its mix of material—that one might otherwise have missed.

Time Out Hong Kong
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Time Out Hong Kong
Her Story February 2009

Clare Morin talks to the historically significant American Artist Susan Weil.

There is a sense of rarity to the exhibition Motion Pictures that opens at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery this fortnight. The show will be focusing on new works by the 78-year old American artist Susan Weil, a respected figure in modern art history whose life story is truly extraordinary.

THE
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THE
Susan Weil: Motion Pictures December 2008

"A longtime fixture in the New York art scene, Susan Weil has always maintained an adventurous attitude toward material and form even as she continued to paint self-assuredly in both abstract and representational modes."

Art Forum
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Art Forum
Seeing Rauschenberg Seeing September 2008

"...At the end of the summer session in 1949, Rauschenberg and Weil moved to New York. There they experimented with blueprints, the most famous - an impression of the female body - being among Rauschenberg's earliest work with printmaking."

Bloomberg.com
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Bloomberg.com
Gagosian, Tagore Boost Hong Kong's Ambitions as Asia Art Hub May 27, 2008

"Hong Kong's ambition to be Asia's art hub received another boost with the recent arrival of three top galleries: Gagosian, Sundaram Tagore and Tang Contemporary. Sundaram Tagore opened on the city's gallery street, Hollywood Road, on May 9."

The Standard
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The Standard
Home Where Art and Heart are for Gallerist Tagore

"Tagore's Galleries in New York, Los Angeles and now Hong Kong combine visual arts with other forms such as poetry reading, dance performances, music, films and charity funding."

Asian Art News
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Asian Art News
New Openings May/June 2008

"Gallerist Sundaram Tagore said, "All these artists have spent their lives working in and exploring different Eastern and Western cultures - including India, China, Nepal, Japan, Italy, Holland and America. Together they create an incredible mosaic and foster an intercultural dialogue that reflects a diversity of thought and artistic style."

The New York Sun
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The New York Sun
On the Town May 11, 2006

"Looking back the Sundaram Tagore Gallery presents "Now and Then," a retrospective of the 76-year-old artist Susan Weil."

Art in America
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Art in America
Susan Weil at Sundaram Tagore January, 2004

"Susan Weil's 21-piece pictorial salute to James Joyce, accompanied by excerpts from his novels and related text, might well have fallen into illustration."

New York Observer
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New York Observer
Every Day Is Bloomsday At Susan Weil Exhibit September 22nd, 2003

"Weil's portrait of James Joyce teems with wit...the exhibition is a delight with invention and pictorial virtuosity."

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