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Susan Weil

Born 1930
New York, NY

In a career spanning more than sixty years, Susan Weil has forged a singular path.

 
 

Susan Weil
Black Configuration, 2000
Charcoal, watercolor, and acrylic on paper
60 × 66 inches

Susan Weil, Black Configuration, 2000 (detail)

She came of age as an artist in the postwar period studying under Josef Albers at Black Mountain College with Willem & Elaine de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg & Cy Twombly.

Susan Weil & Robert Rauschenberg blueprints in Life magazine, 1951

Susan Weil & Robert Rauschenberg blueprints in Life magazine, 1951

Fascinated by sequential moments in time, Weil sets images in motion in unconventional ways

Susan Weil
Color Configurations 2 (Red), 2000
Acrylic on paper
60 × 66 inches

Susan Weil, Color Configurations 2 (Red), 2000 (angle)

Susan Weil, Color Configurations 2 (Red), 2000 (detail)

She deconstructs the picture plane, coaxing representational imagery into abstraction. She draws inspiration from nature, literature, photography, and her personal history.

Susan Weil
Untitled, c. 1971
Spray paint on paper
24 × 18 inches

Susan Weil
Untitled, c. 1971
Spray paint on paper
24 × 18 inches

Weil's Soft Folds series of paintings on unstretched canvas are made from simple shapes that are painted on both sides and draped into spatial configurations.

Susan Weil
Flower Folds, 1991
Acrylic on canvas
33 × 13 inches

Susan Weil
Flower Folds, 1991
Acrylic on canvas
33 × 13 inches (angle)

Susan Weil
Moon (Half Moon), 1990
Acrylic on canvas
40 × 21 inches

Susan Weil
Moon (Half Moon), 1990
Acrylic on canvas
40 × 21 inches (angle)

 
 
 

Susan Weil

b. 1930 New York, NY
Lives & works in New York, NY
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Education

Academe Julian, Paris, France

Black Mountain College, Asheville, North Carolina

Arts Students League, New York

Solo Exhibitions

2021

Now, Then and Always, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY

JDJ | The Ice House, Garrison, NY

2020

Art Hysteri of Susan Weil: 70 Years of Innovation and Wit, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY [online exhibition]

2019

Once In A Blue Moon, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, München, Germany

2017

Susan Weil: Now and Then, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York

2016

Susan Weil’s James Joyce: Shut Your Eyes and See, University at Buffalo, The
Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, Buffalo, NY

2015

Poemumbles: 30 Years of Susan Weil’s Poem | Images, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, NC

2014

Blueprints: A Collaboration, Susan Weil & José Betancourt, Asheville Art Museum,
Asheville, NC

2013

Blueprints: Cyanotypes by Susan Weil & José Betancourt, Tennessee Valley Museum
of Art, Tuscumbia, AL

Time’s Pace: Recent Works by Susan Weil, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY

2012

Blueprints, with José Betancourt, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN

2011

Reflections, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NY

Blueprints, with José Betancourt, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

2010

Blueprints, with José Betancourt, Blue Sky, Portland, OR

2009

Motion Pictures, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

2006

Now & Then: A Retrospective of Susan Weil, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY

2001

Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm, Sweden

2000

Wanas, Knislinge, Sweden

1998

North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

Black Mountain Museum, Asheville, NC

1997

National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

1996

Galerie Simone Gogniat, Basel, Switzerland

1993

Gallery Astley, Seattle, WA

1992

The Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY

Museum Astley Nyhlen, Uttersberg, Sweden

1990

The Queens Museum, Queens, NY

1989

Mind’s Sky, Bayerischen Staatsghalerie Modern Kunst, Munich, Germany

1989

Livres d’Artiste, Lyrik Kabinett, Munich, Germany

1988

Flushing Council on Culture & The Arts, Flushing, NY

1988

Galerie Brandt’s Pakhus, Copenhagen, Denmark

1986

Gallerie Leif Stahle Paris, France

1985

Anders Tornberg Gallery, Lund, Sweden

1983

Galerie Artek, Helsinki, Finland

1981

Judith Christian Gallery, New York

Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

1980

Galeri Engstrom, Stockholm, Sweden

Konsthall, Harnosand, Sweden

Krognoshuset, Lund, Sweden

1979

Parsons-Dreyfus Gallery, New York

Art 10, Basel, Switzerland

1978

Wade Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Galleri Engstrom, Stockholm, Sweden

Galeriet, Lund, Sweden

1977

Parsons-Dreyfus Gallery, New York

1975

112 Greene Street Gallery, New York, NY

1974

112 Greene Street Gallery, New York, NY

1971

University of North Carolina, School of Design, Raleigh

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021

Family Business, JDJ | Tribeca, New York, NY
Transfiguration: leaving reality behind, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
Samlingen [Collection], Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden
Print/Process/Repeat, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, New York

2020

Bookish: Selections from the Dan Weinberg Collection, Montana Museum of Art and Culture, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Question Everything! The Women of Black Mountain College, Black Mountain College
Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, NC
Our Own Work, Our Own Way, The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC
Photography and the Surreal Imagination, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Intersections in American Art, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

2019

Abstract Lens, Collection 1940s-1970s, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Politics at Black Mountain College, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, NC

2018

Still Life, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, München, Germany
Bauhaus and America: Experiments in Light and Movement, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster, Germany
Women of Black Mountain College, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Rockland, ME
New York Abstraction, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
The Masters: Art Students League Teachers and their Students, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, Art Students League of New York, New York, NY

2017

Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY
Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, The Museum of Modern Art, NY

Lunar Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York, NY

Begin to See: The Photographers of Black Mountain College, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, NC

2016

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957, Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Los Angeles, CA

2015

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957, The Institute of
Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston, MA

Winter Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

2014

Summer Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
Frontiers Reimagined, Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, Italy

2013

To Be A Lady: An International Celebration of Women in the Arts, Sundaram Tagore
Gallery, Singapore, in collaboration with Norte Maar

2009

Seven Women/ Seven Stories New Work Historically Significant Woman Painters,
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY

2005

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

2004

The Cracked Looking Glass, The graphic Center, Dublin, Ireland,
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

2002

Una Aventura Americana, Museo National Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Black Mountain College, Ashville, NC
Sailor Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY

2000

Butler Library, Columbia University, New York, NY

1996

Asheville Museum, Asheville, NC

1993

Museum Of Modern Art, New York, NY

1992

Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Lyrik Kabinet, Munich, Germany
Franklin Furnace, New York, NY

1991

Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1989

Toledo Museum of Fine Art, Toledo, OH
American Craft Council, New York, NY

1988

The Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA

1986

Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT
Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

1984

Hirschhorn Museum, Washington D. C.

1983

Franklin Furnace, New York, NY

1981

City Gallery, New York, NY

1980

Susan Caldwell Gallery, New York, NY

1979

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

1977

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1976

Corcoran Gallery Of Art, Washington, D.C.

1968

Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.

Press

2021

Chan, Dawn. "3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now" New York Times, March 31, 2021.

Goodman, Johnathan. "Susan Weil at The Ice House" Whitehot Magazine, March, 2021.

2019

Gumbrecht, Hans Ulrich. “Das Bauhaus schrieb Geschichte – und widerstand ihr zugleich.”
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, September 15, 2019.

Kirschenbaum, Sara. “Op-Ed: My Bauhaus childhood, when molding was a crime.” Los Angeles Times, August 25, 2019.

2018

Allen, Greg. “’A Beautiful Vision’: Artist Susan Weil on the Work of—and Her Life With—Bernard Kirschenbaum, Her Poetry, and More.” ARTNews, October 12, 2018.

Avery, Lawrence. “Buckeyes.” North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) 27 (2018).

Crossman, Chris. “Revisiting the Legacy of Women at Black Mountain College.” Hyperallergic, July 7, 2018.

Gotthardt, Alexxa. “8 Pioneering Women Artists of Black Mountain College.” Artsy, March 12, 2018.

Smith, Roberta. “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week.” The New York Times, October 04, 2018.

2016

“American Beauty: Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and the Case of the Missing
Flag.” ARTnews, Summer 2016.

Buraczeski, Danny. “People – Personal Stories.” Classic Jazz Dance – The Work of Danny Buraczeski and JAZZDANCE, Southern Methodist University, June, 2016.

Lobel, Michael. “Lost and Found: Michael Lobel on Susan Weil and Robert Rauschenberg’s Blueprints.” Artforum, February 2016.

2015

Conrad, Barbara. North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) 24, (2015): 30.

Shea, Andrea. “Boston Museum Exhibit Celebrates Legacy Of Black Mountain College.”
Produced by National Public Radio. All Things Considered, December 1, 2015.

Smee, Sebastian. “Genius abounds in landmark ICA exhibit.” Boston Globe, October 13, 2015.

2014

Chan, Charmaine. “The Exhibitionists.” South China Morning Post Magazine, October 11, 2014.

“Rauschenberg, Before Fame Struck.” The New York Times, May 09, 2014.

2013

Andrew, Jason. “Black Mountain College Veteran’s Curiosity Spurs Her Art.” Hyperallergic, June 13, 2013.

2011

Cullinan, Nicholas. “Vaporous fantasies, Document: Robert Rauschenberg's photograms.” Tate Etc, Issue 23: Autumn 2011.

2003

Kisselgoff, Anna. “DANCE REVIEW; A ‘Four Seasons’ to Raise Vivaldi’s Eyebrows.” The New
York Times, July 26, 2003.

Kramer, Hilton. “Weil’s Portrait of James Joyce Teems With Wit.” Observer, September 22, 2003.

1998

Stein, Donna. “Susan Weil: Full Circle.” Dossier, Issue 5: 1998.

1981

Raynor, Vivien. “Art: Susan Weil Graphics.” The New York Times, December 31, 1981.

Books & Catalogues

Chase, Marilyn. Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2020.
Hundley, Jessica, ed. Tarot: The Library of Esoterica, Taschen, 2020.
Fox, James. Monochrome: Blue. London: Ordovas, 2020.
Bauhaus and America: Experiments in Light and Movement. Bielefeld: Kerber, 2018.
Morgan, Ann Lee. “Weil, Susan.” The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
Wigley, Mark, et al. Cutting Matta-Clark: The Anarchitecture Investigation. Lars Müller, 2018.
Thomson, Julie J. and Michael Beggs. Begin to See: The Photographers of Black Mountain College. Asheville, NC: Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 2017.
Batchen, Geoffrey. Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph. New York: Prestel, 2016.
Molesworth, Helen, and Ruth Erickson. Leap before you look: Black Mountain College, 1933-1957. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015.
Takahashi, Hisachika, and Marcia E. Vetrocq. Hisachika Takahashi: From Memory Draw a Map of the United States. Odtfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2015.
Shut Your Eyes and See: A Joyce | Weil Collaboration 1984 – 2014. New York: n.p., 2014.
Gribaudo, Paola, ed. Susan Weil: Moving Pictures. Milan: Skira Editore S.p.A., 2010.
Weil, Susan and José Betancourt. Blueprints: a collaboration. New York: n.p., 2009.
Susan Weil: Trees. New York: Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 2008.
The Art of Susan Weil. New York: Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 2005.
Lerm-Hayes, C. M. Joyce in Art: Visual Art Inspired by James Joyce. Dublin: Liliput Press, 2004.
Melby, Julie. Splendid Pages: The Molly and Walter Bareiss Collection of Modern Illustrated Books. New York and Manchester: Hudson Hills Press, 2003.
Vincent FitzGerald & Company, and Columbia University. Themes & variations: the publications of Vincent FitzGerald & Company 1980-2000. New York: Columbia University, 2000.
Stein, Donna. “Susan Weil: Full Circle.” Dossier, Issue 5, Asheville: Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Stein, 1998.
Tornberg, Anders. Enkoppkaffe: Dikter/Teckningar [Poem/Drawings by Susan Weil]., Stockholm: Leandermalmsten Lund, 1997.
Weil, Susan and Olle Granath. Illuminations: Bookworks of Susan Weil. Stockholm: Nationalmuseum, 1997.
Mavor, Anne. Strong Hearts, Inspired Minds: 21 Artists Who Are Mothers Tell Their Stories. Rowanberry Books, 1996.
Phillips, Elizabeth, Jerry Kelly, and Tony Zwicker. The American Livre de Peintre. New York: The Grolier Club, 1993.
Vincent Fitzgerald & Company Catalogue Raisonne, New York: Vincent Fitzgerald & Co., 1992.
Bellamy, Peter. The Artist Project: Portraits of the Real Art World: New York Artists, 1981-1990. New York, NY: IN Pub., 1991.
Bilick, Phyllis, and Queens Museum of Art. Queens 1990: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art: Vincent Desiderio, Sandra "Pink Lady" Fabara, Freddy Rodriguez, Susan Weil. Flushing: Queens Museum of Art, 1990.
Schulz-Hoffman, Carla and Vincent FitzGerald. Susan Weil “Mind’s Sky” Munich, Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst (October 26, 1989-January 14, 1990). Munich: Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, 1989.
Wick, Peter A. Artists of the Book 1988, A Facet of Modernism. Boston: The Boston Athenaeum, 1988.
Views by Women Artists. New York: Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art, 1982.
Brentano, Robyn and Mark Savitt. 112 Workshop Greene Street. New York: New York University Press, 1981.
Susan Weil PRINTS 1973-1981. New York: Judith Christian Gallery, 1981.
Birdsongs/Heartbeats, Susan Weil. Sweden: Kalejdoskop, 1980.
Rooms P.S. 1. New York: Institute for Art and Urban Resources, 1977.
Sectional Images: An Exhibition of Photographs and Drawings. New York: The Women’s Interart Center Gallery, 1977.
Two Notebooks: Susan Weil, Painter; Sylvia Whitman, Dancer, Susan Weil and Sylvia Whitman. Captiva Island, FL: Untitled Press, 1976.
Artists Make Toys. New York: The Clocktower; Institute for Art and Urban Resources, 1975.
Zimmerman, Sandra R, et al. PLASTIC as Plastic. American Craft Council. Museum of Contemporary Craft, 1968.


Livres d'arttistes

Seven Secrets, Susan Weil, Vincent FitzGerald, and Jerry Kelly, Edition 10. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 2006.
Reflections: Photo Alternatives, Susan Weil. Edition 20. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 2002.
Rembrandt’s Self, Etchings by Susan Weil. Edition 25. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 2001.
Tender Buttons. Etchings by Susan Weil. Edition 50. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1999.
Blind Man’s Buff. Etchings by Susan Weil. Edition 50. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1997.
Five Authors & A Painter, Susan Weil. Etchings by Susan Weil. Edition 20. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1997.
Divan e shams, J.M. Rumi. Translated by Zahra Partovi. Interpreted by Joan Busing, Sandy Gellis, Elizabeth Harington, Bernard Kirschenbaum, Ted Kurahara, James Nares, Dorothea Rockburne, Betye Saar, Annette Senneby, Michelle Stuart, Peter Thomson, Judith Turner, Marjorie van Dyke, Joan Vennum, Susan Weil. Edition 50. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1996.
Meta Mor For The Moon. Etchings and handmade paper by Susan Weil. Edition 20. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1994.
The Warrior Ant, Lee Breuer. Etchings and handmade paper by Susan Weil. Edition 40. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1992.
Numberless, from “The Gospel At Colonnus.” Drawing and Watercolor by Susan Weil. Edition 10. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1992.
Brideship And Gulls, from “Finnegans Wake.” James Joyce. Etchings and watercolor by Susan Weil. Edition 50. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1991.
Giacomo Joyce, James Joyce. Etchings and collage by Susan Weil. Edition 50. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1989.
The Reed, J. M. Rumi. Translated by Zahra Partovi. Etchings and watercolor by Susan Weil. Edition 50. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1989.
The Epiphanies, James Joyce. Etchings by Susan Weil and Marjorie van Dyke. Edition 50. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1987.
Handbook, Susan Weil. Etchings by Susan Weil. Edition 50. Stockholm: Anders Tornberg Gallery, 1985.
A Gathering for Walt Whitman. Etchings and photogravures by Susan Weil and Judith Turner. Edition 30. New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1984.

Videos and Film

The Transfiguration. Podcast series. St Mary’s Cathedral: Glasgow, Scotland, 2020.
Bolbrinker, Neils, dir. Bauhaus Spirit. Film and television series. Hamburg, Germany: Filmtank. 2018.
Sooke, Alastair. Robert Rauschenberg - Pop Art Pioneer. Television program. London: BBC Two, December 10, 2016.
Artist Interview: Susan Weil, Christies, April 5, 2013.
Susan Weil on Her Curious “Time’s Pace”. Blouin Artinfo, June 14, 2013.
Saewitz, Anita, Preston Trombly, Vincent FitzGerald, Lee Breuer, Susan Weil, Paul Wong, Jerry Kelly, et al. Beyond words: the marriage of art and literature in bookmaking, 1999.

Awards & Residencies

1977 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
1976 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

Public Collections

Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, NC
Bowdoin College, Special Collections, Brunswick, ME
Brooklyn Museum Library, Brooklyn, NY
Bucknell University, Bertrand Library, Lewisburg, PA
University at Buffalo, The Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, Buffalo, NY
Columbia University, Rare Books & Manuscripts, New York, NY
University of Delaware Library, Newark, DE
Dartmouth College, Rauner Special Collections Library, Hanover, NH
Dieu Donné, Brooklyn, NY
Graphische Sammlung, Munich, Germany
Harvard University, Houghton Library Special Collections, Cambridge, MA
University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, IA
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA
The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.
Library of Congress, Rare Books and Special Collections Division, Washington, D.C.
Lyrik Kabinett, Munich, Germany
Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden
The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota, TC Anderson Library Rare Books, Minneapolis, MN
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Montana Museum of Art and Culture, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
New York Public Library, The Spencer Collection, New York, NY
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Rochester Institute of Technology, Wallace Library, Rochester, NY
Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Collection, Northampton, MA
Stanford University Libraries, Special Collections, Stanford, CA
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
Tulsa University, McFarlin Special Collections Library, Tulsa, OK
University of Vermont, Howe Library, Billings Special Collections, Burlington, VT
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Wellesley University, Wellesley, MA
Wanås, Knislinge, Sweden
Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New Haven, CT