James Siena

Born: 1957

Hometown: Oceanside, CA

Lives and Works: New York, NY

Education: BFA, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1979

James Siena Bio

About The Artist

One of the most famous living abstract artists, James Siena is best known for the intricate geometric abstractions that he creates freehand by imposing upon himself a set of "rules" that he calls "visual algorithms." Beginning with a basic unit—a shape or a set of lines—he allows these algorithms, which are essentially predetermined permutations, to guide the progression of each work. The resulting drawing or painting is a pattern that is not only visually complex, but also logical and formulaic. "They're procedures," Siena says of the rules governing his paintings. "Each painting has to do with carrying out a procedure, no matter how simple. It's the task of making it physical." Though rigorously executed and highly procedural, Siena's abstract compositions transcend geometry, producing psychological, and some might even say meditative or spiritual, effects.

James Siena Gallery Art

Galleries

Pace Gallery, New York, NY
Daniel Weinberg, Los Angeles, CA

James Siena Permanent Collections

Select Permanent Collections

Metropolian Museum of Art, New York. NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Works by the Artist

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