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Ilana Savdie: On Her Work

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Ilana Savdie, “Tickling the Before and After,” 2023, oil, acrylic, and beeswax on canvas stretched on panel, 120 x 86 inches

Ilana Savdie (b. 1986) was raised between Barranquilla, Colombia, and Miami, Florida, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Drawing from the history of abstraction, folklore, human anatomy, horror, and pop culture, Savdie creates uncanny abstractions considering how power structures can be resisted, transgressed, and dismantled.

Savdie received an MFA from the Yale University School of Art and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She participated in the 2022 Emerging Artist Residency Program at Horizon Art Foundation, Los Angeles, and was a fellow in the NXTHVN Fellowship Program in New Haven. The artist has also been the subject of solo exhibitions, including Radical Contractions at The Whitney Museum of American Art (2023), In Jest at White Cube, London (2022); Entrañadas at Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles (2021); and Swimming in Contaminated Waters at Deli Gallery, New York (2021).

The artist’s work is represented in prominent museum collections, including Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Jewish Museum in New York, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; The Rachofsky Collection in Dallas, the Burger Collection in Hong Kong and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Ilana Savdie, “Pico y Placa,” 2023, oil, acrylic, and beeswax on canvas stretched on panel, 120 x 86 inches

 

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