Sarah Sze's work attempts to navigate and model the ceaseless proliferation of information and objects in contemporary life. Incorporating elements of painting, architecture, and installation within her sculpture, Sze investigates the value we place on objects and explores how objects ascribe meaning to the places and times we inhabit.
The artist employs a constellation of everyday materials in her work, ranging from found objects and photographs to handmade sculptures and living plants, creating encyclopedic and accumulative landscapes that penetrate walls and stretch across museums. Her work often takes on architectures, transforming space through radical shifts of scale or colonizing overlooked and peripheral spaces. Sze sees sculpture as evidence of behavior and she leaves her own raw process of experimentation apparent in her work. As a result, her pieces often seem to hover in a transitional state, as if caught between growing and dying. Captured in this suspension, the works become self-perpetuating systems, seemingly capable of aspiration, decay, and renewal.
Like the scientific instruments of measurement they often reference, Sze's sculptures attempt to quantify and organize the universe, ascribing a fragile, personal system of order. Within her practice, sculpture becomes both a device for organizing and dismantling information and a mechanism to locate and dislocate oneself in time and space.
- PERMANENT INSTALLATION: Fallen Sky, Storm King Art Center, NY, 2021
- Blade of Grass, 2021
- PERMANENT INSTALLATION: Shorter than the Day, La Guardia Airport, NY, 2020
- Perfect Likeness, 2020
- Crescent (Timekeeper), 2019
- Crescent (Timekeeper), 2019
- Surround Sound (After Studio), 2019
- Images in Translation, 2019
- 12 Landscapes (After Object), 2019
- Centrifuge, 2017
- Timekeeper, 2016
- Hammock, 2015
- Triple Point (Pendulum), 2013
- Triple Point (Gleaner), 2013
- Triple Point (Observatory), 2013
- Triple Point (Compass), Il Gazzettino via Garibaldi, 2013
- Installation view, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, 2013
- Dark Matter, 2012
- Still Life With Landscape (Model For A Habitat), 2011
- Eyechart, 2011
- Planetarium, 2010
- Fifty-fifty, 2010
- Untitled (Tokyo), 2008
- Just Now Dangled Still, 2008
- Tilting Planet (short tower), 2006/2009
- Corner Plot, 2006
- Corner Plot [detail], 2006
- Blue Poles, 2006
- Proportioned to the Groove, 2005
- Second Means of Egress (Orange), 2004
- The Art of Losing, 2004
- Day, 2003
- Night, 2003
- The Triple Point of Water, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2003
- Everything in its Right Place, 2002
- Everything That Rises Must Converge, 1999
- Seamless, 1999
- Capricious Invention of Prisons, 1999
- Second Means of Egress, 1998
- Untitled (St. James), 1998
- Ripe Fruit Falling (South), 1997
- Untitled (Studio), 1996
Born in Boston in 1969, Sze presently lives and works in New York. She received a BA from Yale University in Connecticut in 1991 and an MFA from New York’s School of Visual Arts in 1997. She is a 2003 MacArthur Fellow.
In 2013, Sze represented the United States at the 55th Venice Biennale with a solo pavilion presentation entitled Triple Point. Other important solo exhibitions include Storm King Art Center, New York (2021); Fondation Cartier Pour L'art Contemporain, Paris (2021); MOCA Toronto (2020); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2017-2018); Rose Art Mususeum at Bradis University (2016); Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia (2014), Asia Society in New York (2011-12), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle, UK (2009), Malmo Konsthall in Sweden (2006), Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2003), Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2002), Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2002), Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1999), Foundation Cartier in Paris (1999), and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (1998). She has conceived major public commissions at New York City’s High Line Park (2011-12), the Doris C. Freedman Plaza in New York City, organized by the Public Art Fund (2006), Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (2004); New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 2nd Avenue subway line, 96th street station, New York (2017); La Guardia Airport (2020); Storm King Art Center, New York (2021).
Sze’s sculptures, installations and works on paper have also been exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Haus Der Kunst in Munch, Copenhagen Contemporary in Copenhagen, and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, as part of the 1999 Carnegie International.
Her work is well represented in important private and public collections worldwide, including those of New York’s Guggenheim Museum, and Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum, and Whitney Museum of American Art, along with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 21st Century Museum of Art in Kanazawa, Japan, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA, Tate Collection, London and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
IRLTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York September 9 - October 23, 2021
Sarah Sze: Fifth SeasonStorm King Art Center, NY June 26 - November 8, 2021
Sarah Sze: Night into DayFondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris October 24, 2020 - May 30, 2021
THE RETURN OF THE REALTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York July 14 - August 28, 2020
Sarah Sze: Shorter than the DayLa Guardia Airport, New York July 1, 2020 - July 1, 2040
Sarah Sze: Images in DebrisMOCA, Toronto February 6 - October 4, 2020
Surrounds: 11 InstallationsMuseum of Modern Art, New York October 21, 2019 - January 4, 2020
Sarah SzeTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York September 5 - October 18, 2019
Sarah Sze: CentrifugeHaus der Kunst, Munich, Germany August 15, 2017 - July 12, 2018For the fifth edition of DER ÖFFENTLICHKEIT — Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst, American artist Sarah Sze will create Centrifuge, a new site-specific installation that will radically transform visitors’...
Sarah Sze: TimekeeperRose Art Museum, Brandis University September 11 - December 11, 2016
Sarah SzeTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York September 15 - October 17, 2015Over the past two decades, Sze has challenged the static nature of sculpture, creating constellations of objects, activities, and cataclysmic moments that convey the essence of a new world overwhelmed...
The Bigger PictureTanya Bonakdar Gallery June 12 - August 1, 2014
Between the LinesTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York January 9 - February 8, 2014
Sarah SzeThe Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia December 13, 2013 - April 6, 2014
Sarah Sze: Triple PointUS PAVILION, 55TH VENICE BIENNALE June 1 - November 24, 2013
Sarah SzeADAA, New York March 7 - 11, 2012
Sarah Sze: Infinite LineASIA SOCIETY, NEW YORK December 13, 2011 - March 25, 2012
Sarah Sze: Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat)Highline, New York June 8, 2011 - June 6, 2012
Sarah SzeTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York September 16 - October 23, 2010
Multiple Pleasures: Functional Objects in Contemporary ArtTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York June 25 - July 30, 2010
Sarah Sze: Tilting PlanetBALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art April 10 - August 31, 2009
SARAH SZELiverpool Biennial 2008 September 20 - November 30, 2008
Sarah SzeMAISON HERMÈS, TOKYO February 8 - May 11, 2008
Sarah Sze: A Swiftly Tilting PlanetMalmö Konsthall, Sweden February 12, 2006 - February 18, 2007
Sarah SzeFondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, France December 11, 1999 - March 12, 2000
Carnegie InternationalCarnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh January 1 - December 31, 1999
Sarah SzeText by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Okwui Enwezor and Laura Hoptman, 2016 Paperback, 160 pages
Sarah SzeForeword by Marion Boulton Stroud. Text by Arthur C. Danto, Jonathan Gilmore, Jeffrey Kastner., 2014 Hardcover
Publisher: The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Sarah SzeLinda Norden, 2007 Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Sarah Sze: CentrifugeDamian Lentini, Julie Mehretu, Zadie Smith, 2018 Paperback, 122 pgs pages
Publisher: Walther König, Cologne
Dimensions: 6.75 x 9.5 in
Sarah Sze: DE NUIT EN JOUR / NIGHT INTO DAYFondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain Bruno Latour, Leanne Sacramone, Sarah Sze, Jean Nouvel, 2020 Softcover, 208 pages pages
Publisher: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Dimensions: 23.5 × 34 cm
Sarah Sze: Infinite LineEssays by: Saskia Sassen, Miwako Tezuka; Interview by: Melissa Chiu, 2011
Sarah Sze: TimekeeperText by Christopher Bedford, Hal Foster, Katy Siegel, Renata Salecl, Hito Steyerl., 2018 Hardcover, 208 pages pages
Publisher: GREGORY R. MILLER & CO.
Dimensions: 9.5 x 12.5 in.
Sarah Sze: Triple PointEssays by: Johanna Burton, Carey Lovelace and Holly Block; Interview and Contributions by: Jennifer Egan, 2013 Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Gregory R. Miller & Co./The Bronx Museum of the Arts (October 31, 2013)
Sarah SzeStorm King Art Center, New York June 26, 2021
Sarah SzeMusée d'Orsay: "The Cathedral in Rouen" by Claude Monet April 11, 2021Sarah Sze gleans objects and images from worlds both physical and digital, assembling them into complex multimedia works that shift scale between microscopic observation and...
Sarah SzeMOCA: Virtual Studio Visits: Klaus Biesenbach in Conversation with Sarah Sze March 27, 2021MOCA’s Virtual Studio Visits series led by MOCA Director Klaus Biesenbach as he digitally connects with artists around the world for studio visits. This week...
Sarah SzeFondation Cartier | A promenade-conversation through the exhibition "Night and Day" with Sarah Sze and Bruno Latour October 19, 2020A few days before the opening of Sarah Sze’s exhibition Night into Day, the Fondation Cartier brings together the American artist and French philosopher Bruno...
Sarah SzeTED Talk | "How we experience time and memory through art" April 1, 2019Sze takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey through her work: immersive installations as tall as buildings, splashed across walls, orbiting through galleries -- blurring the...
Sarah SzeTateShots | Artist Interview | You Mark Time Through Objects’ January 11, 2019Sarah Sze is an artist best known for her sculpture and installation art. In this video, Sze introduces her approach to making art and describes...
Sarah SzeArt Basel: Conversations | Artist Talk | Artists' Influencers June 25, 2018Conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist, this series brings together artists with the individuals who have significantly influenced the development of their artistic practice. For this...
Sarah SzeArt21 "Extended Play" | Designing a Subway Station April 14, 2017Artist Sarah Sze tackles her most public and challenging installation to-date as she designs an immersive artwork for the Second Avenue Subway in New York...
Sarah SzeArt21 "Extended Play" | "Measuring Stick" April 1, 2016Episode #234: Sarah Sze discusses her sculpture 'Measuring Stick' (2015), which explores the 'measurement of time and space through the moving image.' Sze remembers watching...
Sarah SzeArt21 "Extended Play" | How We See the World March 25, 2016Sarah Sze expresses her desire to have a tactile relationship with materials in a world saturated with digital imagery. In describing today’s visual culture, Sze...
Sarah SzeArtist talk with Russell Ferguson, curator and art historian at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York October 3, 2015Sarah Sze in conversation with Russel Fergusson, curator and art historian at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, 2015.
Sarah SzeLouisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark | The Meaning Between Things July 31, 2014”A sculpture is constantly growing and dying at the same time. It is a parallel process of construction and deconstruction.” Meet contemporary artist Sarah Sze...