A peerless bricoleur, Sarah Sze gleans objects and images from worlds both physical and digital, assembling them into complex multimedia installations that prompt microscopic observation while evoking a macroscopic perspective on the infinite. In recent years she has returned to painting—the medium in which she first trained—producing works that translate her processes of sculptural accumulation into the making of collaged paintings that are detailed, dynamic, and highly textural.
Created in response to the covid-19 pandemic, the Artist Spotlight series highlights individual artists, one week at a time, whose exhibitions have been affected by the health crisis. A single artwork by the artist is made available with pricing information for forty-eight hours only.
The work by Sze will be unveiled below on Friday, April 10, at 6am edt. For updates, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: courtesy MacArthur Foundation
Sarah Sze: Anything Times Zero Is Zero
Hear Sarah Sze speak about her most recent work, including the panel painting Picture Perfect (Times Zero) and the multimedia installation Plein Air (Times Zero) (both 2020). Discussing the relationship between painting and sculpture in her practice, she explains how she creates structure and its inverse, instability, in her layering of images, putting the viewer in the position of active discovery.
Five Films: Sarah Sze
Sarah Sze writes about five films that live as richly evocative images in her visual memory.
Sarah Sze: Infinite Generation
Louise Neri talks with Sarah Sze about the new primacy of the image in her explorations between and across mediums. They spoke on the occasion of an exhibition of Sze’s work at Gagosian, Rome, comprising collaged panel paintings, a large-scale video installation, and an outdoor sculpture fashioned from a natural boulder.
Sarah Sze: Art That Explores Time and Memory
Join Sarah Sze as she talks about the questions that drive her work. She describes creating immersive experiences that blur the lines between time, memory, and space—and between art and life.
Work in Progress
Sarah Sze: In the Studio
Join Sarah Sze in her studio as she prepares for an exhibition of new work in Rome.
Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2020
The Summer 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Joan Jonas’s Mirror Piece 1 (1969) on its cover.
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Sarah Sze has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy, founded in 1780, is both an honorary society that recognizes and celebrates the excellence of its members and an independent research center convening leaders from across disciplines, professions, and perspectives to explore challenges facing society, identify solutions, and promote nonpartisan recommendations that advance the public good.
Sarah Sze, Ripple (Times Zero), 2020 © Sarah Sze
LaGuardia Airport, New York
Sarah Sze has been commissioned by the Public Art Fund to create a site-specific permanent installation at LaGuardia Airport, New York. As part of the airport’s ongoing transformation, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a partnership between the Public Art Fund and LaGuardia Gateway Partners to commission permanent site-specific installations by leading contemporary artists, including Sze. These large-scale artworks, to be unveiled later this year, will be integrated throughout the Arrivals and Departures Hall of the new Terminal B, helping to reimagine this gateway to the city.
Sarah Sze in her studio, New York, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:30–8pm
Amphithéâtre d’Honneur, École des Beaux-Arts de Paris
In the interest of public health, this event has been canceled.
Sarah Sze will speak about her practice at the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris on the occasion of her exhibition opening at Gagosian, Paris, on March 18. The talk will be introduced by art critic Anaïd Demir. The event is free and open to the public.
Sarah Sze, Plein Air (Times Zero), 2020 (detail) © Sarah Sze
October 9, 2020–March 21, 2021
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
A site-specific installation of works created by Sarah Sze engages with the Guggenheim Museum’s unique architecture, culminating with the New York premiere of Timekeeper (2016), from the museum’s collection, at the apex of Frank Lloyd Wright’s renowned building. Bringing together diverse elements that embody Sze’s meditation on our experience of the passage of time, the presentation attests to the artist’s unprecedented approach to materials and space.
Sarah Sze, sketch for exhibition installation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2020
Images in Debris
February 6–May 13, 2020
Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto
Sarah Sze’s Images in Debris is the first installment in The City Is a Collection, an exhibition series organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto, that presents privately owned contemporary artworks from throughout the local community. Constellatory, monumental, intimate, and immersive, this work is one in a series of sculptures by the artist where light, movement, images, and architecture coalesce into a single, precarious equilibrium.
Sarah Sze, Images in Debris, 2018 (detail) © Sarah Sze
Sarah Sze in
Surrounds: 11 Installations
October 21, 2019–January 4, 2020
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Surrounds presents eleven watershed installations by living artists from the past two decades, conceived out of different circumstances but united in the scale of their ambition. Work by Sarah Sze is included.
Sarah Sze, Triple Point (Pendulum), 2013 © Sarah Sze