Phil Sims


Phil Sims
Untitled (Green)
Oil on paper, c. 1980
22 1/2 x 30 inches
Courtesy of Terry Gulden and Renee Comeau
Value: $2,000
Starting bid: $750

Born in Richmond, California, in 1940, Phil Sims studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a Minimalist, and enjoys a national and international reputation for his work in monochrome. He is currently represented by Brian Gross Fine Art in New York.

Sims’s monochromes can be viewed as an exercise in mindfulness, an invitation for the viewer to accept each piece as colored material on a surface and simply to stay with it. In a 2005 exhibition at Brian Gross Fine Art, they were displayed alongside tea bowls carefully crafted by the artist. The tradition of the tea ceremony endures in Japan as a centuries-old discipline in which every move and implement serves to center the participant’s attention on the passing moment. For all their differences, both veins of Sims’s work quietly insist that responding to art takes as much discipline as its production.

Selected collections
Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen, Germany
Williams College Museum of Art , Williamstown, Massachusetts

Selected exhibitions
Phil Sims: Emotion of Color, Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color and Light, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Color in My Mind, Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern

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