Installation at the Liverpool Biennial, 2008
|Born||1969 (age 44–45)
|Awards||MacArthur Fellow (2003–2008)
US Representative for the Venice Biennale (2013)
Sarah Sze (born 1969) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in New York City. Sze uses ordinary objects to create sculptures and site-specific installations. She was the United States Representative for the Venice Biennale, the 55th International Art Exhibition, in 2013.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Sze graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale University with a BA in 1991. She then received a MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 1997. Sze is an alumna of Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts, from which she graduated in 1987.
Since the late 1990s, Sarah Sze's signature sculptural aesthetic has presented ephemeral installations that penetrate walls, suspend from ceilings and burrow into the ground. The artist creates immense, yet intricate site-specific works which manipulate every space—be that a gallery, domestic interior or street corner—and profoundly affects the way it is viewed. Sze's practice exists at the intersection of sculpture, painting and architecture where her formal interest in light, air and movement is coupled with an intuitive understanding of color and texture. Sze utilizes a myriad of everyday objects in her installations from cotton buds and tea bags to water bottles and ladders, light bulbs and electric fans. Presented as leftovers or traces of human behavior, these items, released from their commonplace duty possess a certain vitality and ambition within the work. Her careful consideration of every shift in scale between the humble and the monumental, the throwaway and precious, the incidental and the essential solicits a new experience of space, disorienting and reorienting the viewer at every turn.
Her intricate works, each of which she constructs by hand, consist of unexpected and carefully arranged combinations of materials. Sze transforms these everyday objects into gravity-defying works in horizontal and tower-like formations that zigzag into the heights of gallery spaces.
- 1997 – White Room, White Columns, New York, NY
- 1997 – Migrateurs, Musee d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
- 1998 – "Sarah Sze", Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
- 1999 – "Sarah Sze", Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France
- 1999 – "Sarah Sze: Still Life with Flowers", Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
- 1999 – "Sarah Sze", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Chicago, IL
- 2000 – "Sarah Sze", Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
- 2001 – Drawn, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
- 2001 – "Sarah Sze", Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, NY
- 2002 – Grow or Die, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (permanent installation)
- 2002 – "Sarah Sze", Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
- 2003 – "Sarah Sze: The Triple Point of Water", The Whitney Museum, New York, NY
- 2004 – "Sarah Sze: The Triple Point of Water", Fondazione Davide Halevim, Milan, Italy
- 2004 – Blue Poles, Sidney-Pacific Graduate Dormitory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (permanent installation)
- 2005 – An Equal and Opposite Reaction, the Seattle Opera, Seattle, WA, (permanent installation)
- 2005 – "Sarah Sze", Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
- 2006 – Model for Corner Plot, Agassiz House, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA
- 2006 – Corner Plot, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, New York, NY
- 2006 – "Sarah Sze", Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden
- 2007 – "Sarah Sze", Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
- 2008 – "Sarah Sze", Maison Hermès 8F Le Forum, Tokyo, Japan
- 2009 – "Sarah Sze", Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle
- 2011 – Sarah Sze: Infinite Line, Asia Society, New York, NY
- 2012 – "Sarah Sze", MUDAM Museum, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- 2013 – Triple Point, American Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
- Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
- Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
- The New Museum, New York, NY
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
- Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
- Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
- Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
- Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
- National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
- Cartier Foundation, Paris, France
- 21st Century Museum of Art, Kanazawa, Japan
- Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
- Fogg Museum of Art, Boston, MA
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
- National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Awards and Grants
- 1996 – School of Visual Arts Graduate Fellowship
- 1997 – Paula Rhodes Memorial Award
- 1997 – Visual Art Grant Award, Rema Hort Mann Foundation
- 1997–1998 – The Space Program Studio Residency, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation
- 1999 – Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
- 2002 – Atelier Calder Residency, Sachè, France
- 2003 – Lotos Club Foundation Prize in the Arts
- 2005–2006 – Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
- 2003–2008 – MacArthur Fellow, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
- 2012 – AICA Award for Best Project in a Public Space, Sarah Sze, Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat), The High Line, New York, NY
- 2012 – Laurie M. Tisch Award for civic responsibility and action and significant leadership in education, arts, culture, civic affairs and/or health
- 2012 – American Federation of the Arts Cultural Leadership Award
- 2012–2013 – United States Representative for the Venice Biennale
- 1998 – Visiting Lecturer, Yale University, Intersections of Art and Architecture
- 1999–2002 – Lecturer, School of Visual Art, Master of Fine Arts Program
- 2002–2004 – Lecturer, Columbia University, School of the Arts
- 2005–2008 – Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, School of the Arts
- 2009–Present – Professor, Columbia University, School of the Arts
- Official website
- "Bronx Museum – Sarah Sze Triple Point". Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Sarah Sze – Artists – Victoria Miro". Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Columbia News ::: Visual Artist Sarah Sze Among MacArthur 'Genius Award' Recipients". Columbia News. 8 October 2003. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- Oh, Inae (14 May 2012). "Second Avenue Subway Public Art Project Commissions Chuck Close, Sarah Sze, Jean Shin". Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- Ben Yakas (2014-01-22). "Here's What The Second Avenue Subway Will Look Like When It's Filled With Art". Gothamist. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
- Halperin, Julia (June 2, 2012). "A Preview of the MTA's Ultra-Contemporary Public Art for New York's Second Avenue Subway Line". Blouin Art Info. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
- "Subway Art on the Future Second Avenue Subway Line Revealed". Untapped Cities. 2014-04-28. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
- Lynch, Marley (2014-01-23). "The future Second Avenue subway line will have cool art (slide show)". Timeout.com. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
- "September 2003 – MacArthur Foundation". MacArthur Foundation. September 2003. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- Vogel, Carol (23 February 2012). "Sarah Sze to Represent U.S. at Venice Biennale". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "tanya bonakdar gallery :: artists". Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "An Oncologist Writes 'A Biography Of Cancer'". NPR. November 17, 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- Shapin, Steven (November 8, 2010). "The modern history of cancer : The New Yorker". The New Yorker. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- Norden, Linda; Arthur Danto (2007). Sarah Sze. Abrams. ISBN 978-0-8109-9302-0.
- Grambye, Lars (2006). Sarah Sze: Tilting Planet. Malmo Konsthall.
- Sans, Jerome; Jean Louis Schefer, Fondation Cartier (2000). Sarah Sze. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-97490-X.
- Sarah Sze Official Website
- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
- Victoria Miro Gallery
- Carnegie Museum of Art site on Sze
- Sarah Sze: Infinite Line site, Asia Society
- Interview for The New Yorker with Andrea Scott, 2012