Sue Williams was born in 1954 in New York. She studied at Cooper Union before transferring to California Institute of the Arts where she received her BFA in 1976.
Through concealed messages in abstract painting, Williams' vibrantly colored and highly specific work serves as a foil to the male-dominated Abstract Expressionist movement. She came to prominence in the early 1980s, with works that echoed and argued with the dominant postmodern feminist aesthetic of the time. In the years since, Williams' focus has never waned yet her aesthetic interests have moved toward abstraction along with her subject matter and memories.
Williams has had solo shows at the Vienna Secession, Geneva Center for Contemporary Art, and Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany, along with being included in 3 consecutive Whitney Biennials (1993, 1995, and 1997) and her work is included in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva.
Williams lives and works in New York.
- Sue Williams, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
- Sue Williams: New Paintings: Skarstedt Gallery, London, UK
- Sue Williams: Paintings 1997-98, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY
- Sue Williams, 303 Gallery, New York, NY
- Sue Williams, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
- Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; traveled to Chrysler Museum, Norforlk, VA
- Sculpture, Painting, and Video, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL
- Animal Farm, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, CT
- Zeitgeist, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland
- Man Alive, Maruani Mercier Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
- What I Loved: Selected Works from the ‘90s, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
- Good Dreams, Bad Dreams - American Mythologies, Aïshti Foundation, Antelias, Lebanon
- Seeing double: artist duos in the Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK
- New York New York, Paint! Paint!, Showroom, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- A Shape That Stands Up, Art + Practice, Los Angeles
- Don’t Look Back: The 1990s, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
- Guggenheim Fellowship, 1993
PUBLIC AND MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
- Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
- Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
- Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
- The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
- Fondazione Di Vignola, Vignola, Italy
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
- Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
- Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, MI
- Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
- Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
- Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
- National Museum of Modern and Contemporary, Seoul, Korea
- New Museum, New York, NY
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
- Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
- Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY