Michael Williams

American, b. 1978

Blue chip status
Blue-chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.

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Career highlights
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Michael Williams negotiates the long history of painting by consistently questioning––and often undoing––its major components. Challenging himself with an ever-evolving set of formal problems, he produces images that reflect modern complexity and contradiction. Recent works have been made using a variety of different materials and tools, including oil paint, collage, and airbrushes; some have been composed on a computer using Photoshop and a digital drawing pad before being inkjet-printed onto canvas. In the execution of his images Williams twists together a balance of offhanded gesture and careful compositional rigor, making decisions that keep his paintings willfully misoriented. As art historian Richard Shiff notes, “[Williams’s] art is infectious in causing others to ponder the the importance––or not––of anything. It’s a start-all-over-again art for a start-all-over-again life.”

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