About the Work
Sue Williams acknowledges that "reality is a bit embarrassing." Tackling such topics as infidelity, battery, and rape, Williams often creates what she has referred to as "psychedelic doodles." Created in 1995, The Shock of the New was one of William's favorite pieces until the floods of Hurricane Sandy destroyed the original work. The title comes from a widely known 1980 documentary television series that addressed the development of modern art since the Impressionists. Throughout eight episodes, it examined art's relationship with the pleasures of nature, the relationship between art and authority, the surrealists' attempts to make art without restrictions, among other topics. We've resurrected the destroyed piece with this print edition, reflecting on Robert Hughes' famous quote from The Shock of the New that "in art there is no progress, only fluctuations of intensity."
Sue Williams (b.1954, Chicago, IL) came to prominence in the early 1980’s with works that reacted to the dominant postmodern feminist aesthetic of the time. In the years since, her aesthetic interests and subject matters have shifted toward abstraction. She has had solo shows at the Vienna Secession, 303 Gallery (New York), Geneva Center for Contemporary Art, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden (Germany), and James Cohen Gallery (Shanghai). Williams was included in 3 consecutive Whitney Biennials, as well a 2013 group show with Richard Prince, Doug Aitken, and Eva Rothschild. She lives and works in New York.
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