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Sue Williams was born in 1954 in Chicago Heights, Illinois. 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, her focus has never waned yet her aesthetic interests have moved toward abstraction along with her subject matter and memories. She 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. She lives and works in Brooklyn.


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2018    “Everything is Connected”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

2017   “Zeitgeist”, MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland

2016    “Don’t Look Back: The 1990s”, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

2015    “America is Hard to See”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

            “Painting 2.0 Expression in the information age”, Museum Brandhorst, Munich

             “Greater New York”, MoMA PS1, New York, NY

             “Better Than de Kooning”, Villa Merkel, Esslingen

2014    “Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology”, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2013    "Comic Future", Ballroom Marfa, TX

2012    "Figuring Color", Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

2010    “Collecting Biennials”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

             “Al-Qaeda is the CIA”, 303 Gallery, New York, NY

2009    “MOCA's First Thirty Years” - MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

             “Rebelle: Art and Feminism 1969 - 2009”, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem Netherlands

2008    “Sue Williams: Project for the New American Century”, David Zwirner, New York, NY

2007    “The Third Mind”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

             “Comic Abstraction: Image Breaking, Image Making”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2006    “Defamation of Character”, MoMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY

2003     IVAM, Valencia, Spain

2002    “Contemporary Art Project”, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

             Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany

             Secession, Vienna, Austria

2001    “Collaboration With Parkett: 1984 to NOW”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1997    Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland




Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

New Museum, New York, NY

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Whitney Museum, New York, NY

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth

The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts