Sarah Morris

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Sarah Morris
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Born 20 June 1967
Sevenoaks, Kent, England
Nationality American[1][2][3][4]
Education Brown University
Cambridge University
Known for painting, film
Awards Berlin Prize Fellow (1999-2000)
Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2001)

Sarah Morris (born 20 June 1967) is an American artist.[1][2][3][4][a] Since the mid-1990s she has exhibited internationally. She lives in New York City, in the United States.[5]

Personal life and education[edit]

Morris was born in Sevenoaks, Kent, in south-east England, on 20 June 1967.[3] She attended Cambridge University,[6] Brown University from 1985 to 1989, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in 1989–90.[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.[7] Morris was married to artist Liam Gillick.[6]

Work[edit]

Morris is both a painter and filmmaker, seeing the two media as interconnected. She describes the dual processes as “two sides of the same coin”, creating the paintings and films (which reference one another visually and thematically) simultaneously.[8]

She is best known for her abstract paintings that feature bright color fields and graphic line work, often referencing elements of architecture and taking titles from bureaucratic institutions.[4]

Morris' films have been characterized as portraits that focus on the psychology of individuals or cities. Her films about cities, like Midtown, Chicago, "Los Angeles", and Rio depict urban scenes, capturing the architecture, politics, industry and leisure which define a specific place.[9] 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 or the industry politics of Hollywood from the viewpoint of screenwriter and producer in the eponymous film Robert Towne.[9][10]

Exhibitions[edit]

Morris has shown internationally, with solo exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (2001),[11] Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2005),[12] Fondation Beyeler in Basel (2008),[13] Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (2009),[14] Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (2009),[15] and Musée National Fernand Léger in Biot (2012).[16]

She has created site-specific works for various institutions including the Lever House,[17] Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany [18] and the Gloucester Road tube station in London.[19]

Robert Towne, 2006. Lever House, Manhattan

Morris' films have been featured at the following:

Origami[edit]

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.[26] Morris acknowledged that she used the crease patterns as a "launch pad" for her paintings but sees her paintings as "completely and utterly different" from the work of the origami artists.[27]

Julie A. Ahrens, Director of Copyright and Fair Use at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, who supported Morris' defense argued, "Under the Second Circuit's reasoning in the Cariou v. Prince case, Morris had every right to use origami crease patterns to create the "Origami" series without requesting permission or paying a licence fee as her expression and composition, presentation, scale, colour palette, and media are new and fundamentally different from the original materials. And, like Prince, her transformative works had no effect on the market for the originals."[28]

The case was settled out of court early in 2013.[29] [30]

Filmography[edit]

  • Midtown (1998)[31]
  • AM/PM (1999)[31]
  • Capital (2000)[31]
  • Miami (2002)[31]
  • Los Angeles (2004)[31]
  • Robert Towne (2006)[31]
  • 1972 (2008)[31]
  • Beijing (2008)[32]
  • Points on a Line (2010)[33]
  • Chicago (2011)[34]
  • Rio (2012)[35]
  • Strange Magic (2014)[36]

Publications[edit]

Public collections[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sources are mixed in reporting her nationality[5][63]; Grove Art says that she is "American ... of English birth".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Getty. "Union List of Artist Names". Getty Research. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Benezit. "Benezit Dictionary of Artists". Oxford Art Online. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Francis Summers (2001–14). Morris, Sarah. Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Accessed May 2015. (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b c "MoMA". MoMA.org. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Alison Cuddy (17 December 2013). City Self exhibition attempts a portrait of Chicago. WBEZ91.5. Accessed April 2015.
  6. ^ a b Gaby Wood (23 May 2004). "Cinéma vérité". The Observer. Accessed March 2014.
  7. ^ Werner Miester (27 March 2010). Best Works by Sarah Morris on View at Gallery Meyer Kainer. Art Knowledge News. Archived 30 March 2010.
  8. ^ http://www.hungertv.com/feature/the-interview-sarah-morris/
  9. ^ a b Rabinowitz, Cay Sophie. "Interview: Sarah Morris". Art In America. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Erskine Design. "Frieze Magazine - Archive - Archive - Sarah Morris". frieze.com. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "DNB, Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek". Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Tokyonews 76". palaisdetokyo.com. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Sarah Morris: Black Beetle; June 1 - September 7, 2008
  14. ^ Erhard Metz (3 June 2009). Sarah Morris: Gemini Dressage. Feuilleton Frankfurt. Accessed May 2015.
  15. ^ D-sign.it. "Sarah Morris "China 9, Liberty 37"". mambo-bologna.org. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Sarah Morris: Mechanical Ballet; November 17, 2012 - March 4, 2013 Archived April 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Schlesinger, Toni. "Wonderful Towne! Lever House Hosts Homage to Screenwriter". observer.com. The Observer. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "Kunsthalle Bremen - Current exhibitions - Exhibitions". kunsthalle-bremen.de. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  19. ^ Coline Milliard (12 June 2012). Sarah Morris On Taking Big Ben Underground at London's Gloucester Road Tube Station. ArtInfo. Archived 18 December 2014.
  20. ^ "La collection Sarah Morris". fondationlouisvuitton.fr. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  21. ^ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. "CITY SELF - MCA Chicago". mcachicago.org. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "A Project to Benefit The Farnsworth House and Glass House". art-agenda.com. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Barbican - Beijing (U*) (UK Premiere) + Sarah Morris". barbican.org.uk. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "Guggenheim Museum - Exhibitions - The Shapes of Space". guggenheim.org. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  25. ^ "L'évènement Sarah Morris - Centre Pompidou". centrepompidou.fr. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  26. ^ Alberge, Dayla. "Tate artist 'unfolded' our works, claim leading origami designers". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  27. ^ Dan Duray. "Beneath the Fold: The Twisted Tale of Origami v. Sarah Morris". Observer. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  28. ^ Ahrens, Julie. "Make copyright law less of a lottery". The Art Newspaper. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  29. ^ Dan Duray. "Beneath the Fold: The Twisted Tale of Origami v. Sarah Morris". Observer. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  30. ^ Lang, Robert. "Sarah Morris Works Attribution". Robert J. Lang Origami. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  31. ^ a b c d e f g Rabinowitz, Cay Sophie. "Interview: Sarah Morris". Art in America. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  32. ^ Sherwin, Skye. "Artist Sarah Morris's Latest Film Beijing". Wallpaper. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  33. ^ Moshayedi, Aram. "Looking Glass". Artforum. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  34. ^ Cuddy, Alison. "City Self exhibition attempts a portrait of Chicago". WBEZ91.5. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  35. ^ Johnson, Paddy; Leifheit, Matthew. "Orange: Sarah Morris at Petzel Gallery". Artfcity. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  36. ^ Kawahito, Wakana. "Fondation Louis Vuitton". SHIFT. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
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  38. ^ "Berado Collection". The Berado Collection. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
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  40. ^ "Le Consortium Collection". Le Consortium. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  41. ^ "Centre Pompidou Collection". Centre Pompidou. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  42. ^ "Cooper Hewitt Collection". Cooper Hewitt. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  43. ^ "Dallas Museum of Art Collection". Dallas Museum of Art. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
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  45. ^ "FRAC Bourgogne Collection". FRAC Bourgone. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  46. ^ "FRAC Poitou-Charentes Collection". FRAC Poitou-Charentes. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  47. ^ "Government Art Collection". Government Art Collection. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  48. ^ "Guggenheim Museum Collection". Guggenheim Museum. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
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  50. ^ "Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg Collection". Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  51. ^ "Lenbachhaus Collection". Lenbachhaus. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  52. ^ "Art Gift to Pérez Art Museum Miami by Mimi and Bud Floback Grows to Nearly 30 Major Works". Pérez Art Museum Miami. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  53. ^ "Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Collection". Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  54. ^ "Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles Collection". Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  55. ^ "MoMa Collection". MoMa. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  56. ^ "MMK Collection". MMK Museum Für Moderne Kunst. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  57. ^ "Daimler Art Collection". Daimler Art Collection. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
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  63. ^ Dalya Alberge (5 June 2011). Tate artist Sarah Morris 'unfolded' our works, claim leading origami designers. The Observer. Accessed March 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • 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, 30 July 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