March 20, 2002 - Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art - Sue Williams at Palm Beach ICA
March 20, 2002

Sue Williams at Palm Beach ICA

Sue Williams

March 17 – June 16, 2002

Palm Beach ICA
601 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth, Fla.


Lake Worth, FL— The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art (PBICA) is pleased to announce SUE WILLIAMS: A FINE LINE, the first solo exhibition in the United states devoted to the work of this renowned contemporary artist. The exhibition will open March 17, 2002 and continue through June 16, 2002.

Having emerged in the 1980′s with fiercely painted canvases that addressed issues of female abuse and aberrant sexuality, her work has evolved into a complex abstraction that critic Michael Kimmelman has compared to Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell.

Containing more than 35 works, SUE WILLIAMS: A FINE LINE will feature work from the 1990′s especially several large paintings from the mid to late 90′s including Big Red Shoes, 1998 and Winter Sunset, 2000. Included with the large and smaller canvases will be works on vellum and drawings on paper.

“It is a great pleasure for us to present the first U.S. museum show for this extraordinary artist,” says PBICA Director Michael Rush. “She is surely one of the leading painters of our time. She represents a re-invigorated commitment to abstraction among younger artists.”

SUE WILLIAMS: A FINE LINE is curated by PBICA Director Michael Rush. A full-color catalogue with essays by Rush and critic Barry Schwabsky will accompany the exhibition.

About the artist:
Sue Williams was born in 1954 in Chicago Heights, Ill. and received her B.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 1976. Her extraordinary gifts as a painter won for her a place in three consecutive Whitney Biennials, 1993, ’95, and ’97. In conjunction with the ’97 Biennial, curator Rush made a film on Ms. Williams which will also be included in the PBICA exhibition. In addition to the Whitney, other museums holding her work include the Museum of Modern Art and the Hirshhorn Museum.

Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art
In July of 1999, philanthropists Robert M. and Mary Montgomery purchased from Palm Beach Community College and renovated the landmark art deco movie theater that houses the PBICA. Established by J. Patrick Lannan, who renovated the facility in 1980 to house his collection of contemporary art and design, the building and remaining works were donated in 1989 by the Lannan family to Palm Beach Community College (as the Lannan Foundation and a majority of the collection were relocated to Los Angeles.)

Today housed in the 1939 Lake Theater on the Main Street of Lake Worth, Florida, the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art is devoted to the premise that contemporary art is a vital means of understanding the world and today’s culture. The museum aims to serve as a place of pleasure and significance, a place where large questions are posed and investigated. It is a venue for major national and international art in all media and a meeting ground for the diverse populations who live in and visit the Palm Beach region. Michael Rush, a filmmaker, critic and author was named the first director of the PBICA in 2000.

The exhibition and museum programs of the Palm Beach ICA are generously supported by Robert M. and Mary Montgomery.

PBICA is located at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth, Fla. Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m., and the first and third Fridays from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students, children under 12 are free. Free admission is offered every first Friday of the month from 5-8 p.m. Free guided tours with admission every Saturday at 2:00 p.m. For more information, the public may call the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art at 561-582-0006, or visit:

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