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Artist of The Day | Sarah Sze

Sarah Sze

Surround Sound (After Studio)

Oil paint, acrylic paint, acrylic polymers, ink, aluminum, archival paper, dibond, and wood


103 1/4 x 130 x 3 inches


Sarah Sze (American, b.1969) is a contemporary artist who builds installations and sculptures from everyday materials, including found objects, plants, photographs, wiring, and food detritus. Sze constructs her work by hand, building intricate and often gravity-defying towers that fill their exhibition space. The organic and transitional state of her work suggests something in process of growth and decay. Born in Boston, MA, Sze completed her MA in architecture and painting at Yale University, and later her MFA at the School of Visual Arts. She currently lives and works in New York, where she is a professor of art at Columbia University. Sze is the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2003 MacArthur Fellowship and representing the United States at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Her work is collected in the Guggenheim New York, Museum of Modern Art in New York, The New Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. Recent important solo exhibitions include Tanya Bonakdar in 2015, Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2014, and the Asia Society in 2011. In 2016, her mural Blueprint for a Lanscape was completed for the 96th Street 2nd avenue subway platform in New York.

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