Sarah Morris

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Sarah Morris
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Born 1967
United Kingdom
Nationality British-American
Education Brown University; Cambridge University
Known for painting, film

Sarah Morris (born 1967) is a British-American artist.[1][2] Since the mid-1990s Morris has exhibited internationally.

Personal life and education[edit]

Morris was born in England in 1967.[3] She attended Brown University, Cambridge University, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.[3] In 1999–2000, she was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin; in 2001, she received a Joan Mitchell Foundation painting award.[4] Morris was married to Liam Gillick;[3] they divorced in 2012.[5]


Morris creates both films and paintings. She sees the two media as interconnected, describing film and painting practices as “two sides of the same coin”. Her films and paintings are sometimes created simultaneously and may reference one another visually and thematically.[6] Morris is known for her abstract paintings that feature bright color fields and graphic line work. Her paintings often reference elements of architecture and take titles from bureaucratic institutions.[7]

Morris makes films that focus on particular cities or individuals. Films like Midtown, Chicago, and Rio depict urban scenes, focusing on the architecture, politics, industry and leisure.[8] Other films describe a place through the viewpoint of an individual, like psychologist Dr. George Sieber describing the terrorist event at the Olympic Stadium in Munich in the film 1972.[9]


Morris has been exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions at Hamburger Banhof in Berlin (2001),[10] Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2005),[11] Fondation Beyeler in Basel (2008),[12] Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (2009),[13] Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna in Bologna (2009),[14] and Musée national Fernand Léger in Biot (2012).[15]

She has developed site-specific works for institutions including commissions at the Tulsa Convention Center designed by Edward Durrell Stone,[16] Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany,[17] Gloucester Road tube station in London,[18] Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf and Museum der Moderne Salzburg .[19]

She has had film showings at institutions including the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris (Strange Magic),[20] Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (Chicago),[21] Sotheby's in New York (Points on a Line), [22] Barbican Centre in London (Beijing, Midtown), [23] the Guggenheim in New York (Midtown, AM/PM, Capital, Miami, Los Angeles), [24] the Centre Pompidou (Midtown, AM/PM, Capital, Miami, Los Angeles).[25]


In 2011 Morris was sued by a group of six origami artists, including Robert J. Lang. They alleged that in 24 works in her "Origami" series of paintings Morris had without permission or credit copied their original crease patterns, coloured them, and sold them as "found" or "traditional" designs.[1] Morris acknowledged that she used the crease patterns as a "launch pad" for her paintings. Julie A. Ahrens, Director of Copyright and Fair Use at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society and the rest of her legal team "struggled to pin down the aesthetic value of the CPs" (crease patterns) from a copyright and fair use perspective.[26] The case was settled out of court early in 2013; under the settlement, the creators of the crease patterns are to be given credit when the works are displayed.[27][28]


Robert Towne, 2006. Lever House, Manhattan


  1. ^ a b Dalya Alberge (5 June 2011). Tate artist Sarah Morris 'unfolded' our works, claim leading origami designers. The Observer. Accessed March 2014.
  2. ^ Sarah Morris ArtSlant. Accessed May 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Gaby Wood (23 May 2004). "Cinéma vérité". The Observer. Accessed March 2014.
  4. ^ Werner Miester (27 March 2010). Best Works by Sarah Morris on View at Gallery Meyer Kainer. Art Knowledge News. Archived 30 March 2010.
  5. ^ "The Interview: Sarah Morris". Net A Porter. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
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  7. ^ "MoMA". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Interview: Sarah Morris - Magazine - Art in America". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Erskine Design. "Frieze Magazine - Archive - Archive - Sarah Morris". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "DNB, Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek". Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Tokyonews 76". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Sarah Morris: Black Beetle; June 1 - September 7, 2008
  13. ^ Sarah Morris: Gemini Dressage; May 30 - August 30, 2009[dead link]
  14. ^ "Sarah Morris "China 9, Liberty 37"". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Sarah Morris: Mechanical Ballet; November 17, 2012 - March 4, 2013[dead link]
  16. ^ "Tulsa Convention Center art project to go in courtyard". Tulsa World. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Kunsthalle Bremen - Current exhibitions - Exhibitions". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  18. ^ Coline Milliard, ARTINFO UK. "Sarah Morris On Taking Big Ben Underground at London's Gloucester Road Tube Station - BLOUIN ARTINFO". Artinfo. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "Museum der Moderne: Sarah Morris". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "La collection Sarah Morris". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  21. ^ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. "CITY SELF - MCA Chicago". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "A Project to Benefit The Farnsworth House and Glass House". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Barbican - Beijing (U*) (UK Premiere) + Sarah Morris". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "Guggenheim Museum - Exhibitions - The Shapes of Space". 1 April 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  25. ^ "L'évènement Sarah Morris - Centre Pompidou". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  26. ^ Dan Duray. "Beneath the Fold: The Twisted Tale of Origami v. Sarah Morris". Observer. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  27. ^ Dan Duray (28 May 2013). Beneath the Fold: The Twisted Tale of Origami v. Sarah Morris. Gallerist. Accessed March 2014.
  28. ^ Sarah Morris Works Attribution. Robert J. Lang origami. Accessed April 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Erhard Metz, "Sarah Morris: Gemini Dressage", Feuilleton Frankfurt, June 3, 2009
  • Michael Archer. "Sarah Morris", Artforum, May 2009, p. 170
  • Nick Haymes, "Sarah Morris", Art Review, May 2009, pp. 70–7
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist, "Sarah Morris", Adam & Eve, March/April/May 2009, pp. 78–91
  • Eric Banks, "Seeing Red", Men's Vogue, August 2008, pp. 114–119
  • Adrian Searle, "Dazzled by the Rings", The Guardian, July 30, 2008
  • Christopher Turner, "Beijing City Symphony", Modern Painters, July/August 2008, pp. 56–59
  • Marcus Verhagen, "Nomadism", Art Monthly October 2006
  • Tanja Widmann, "To Offer You Something", Texte Zur Kunst, September 2006, pp. 248–251
  • Ezra Petronio and Stephanie Moisdon, "Bar Nothing by Sarah Morris", Self Service, Issue No.21, Fall/Winter 2004, pp. 302–315
  • Art Now (25th Anniversary Edition), edited by Uta Grosenick, Burkhard Riemschneider, Taschen, pp. 196–199, 2005