Poetry & the Creative Mind
Thursday, April 29, 2021, 7:30pm EDT
Each year during National Poetry Month in April, the Academy of American Poets presents Poetry & the Creative Mind, featuring leading and legendary actors, dancers, musicians, public figures, and artists, including Sarah Sze, sharing their favorite poems. The annual celebration, typically held in person in New York City, will be presented virtually for the first time ever, making it available to poetry lovers everywhere. To attend the event, register at eventbrite.com.
Photo: Deborah Feingold
with Anselm Kiefer and Emanuele Coccia
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 2pm edt
Sarah Sze will discuss her recent exhibition catalogue De nuit en jour/Night into Day—featuring contributions by Bruno Latour, Jean Nouvel, and Leanne Sacramone—with Anselm Kiefer and philosopher Emanuele Coccia, as part of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain’s Art Book Series. Sze will join from her studio in New York, while Kiefer and Coccia will speak from inside the exhibition Night into Day at Foundation Cartier. The trio will talk about Twice Twilight and Tracing Fallen Sky (both 2020), two works Sze created specifically for the Paris exhibition, and about Kiefer’s recently installed work at the Panthéon in Paris. To attend the online event, visit www.fondationcartier.com.
Sarah Sze, Tracing Fallen Sky, 2020 (detail), installation view, Sarah Sze: Night into Day, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris © Sarah Sze
Friend of a Friend
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 12–6pm EDT
Choreographer Trajal Harrell will stage a livestreamed performance in conjunction with the exhibition Sarah Sze: Night into Day at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, copresented with Performa as part of the institution’s Nomadic Nights series. The performance is a testimony to Harrell’s long friendship with Sze, dating as far back as their college days. Harrell and eight dancers will revisit his repertoire and create a site-specific performance lasting six hours, uninterrupted, within Sze’s immersive installation. To watch the performance, visit www.fondationcartier.com.
Trajal Harrell, Used, Abused, and Hung Out to Dry, 2013. Photo: Miana Jun
Artist Plate Project
Coalition for the Homeless
November 16–December 14, 2020
Gagosian is pleased to support the Coalition for the Homeless’s Artist Plate Project fundraiser. Artwork by fifty artists, including Cecily Brown, Katharina Grosse, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Sarah Sze, Andy Warhol, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool, is featured on limited-edition dinner plates produced by Prospect and made available through Artware Editions to support the Coalition’s lifesaving programs. All of the funds raised by the sale of the plates will provide food, crisis services, housing, and other critical aid to thousands of people experiencing homelessness and instability. The purchase of one plate can feed seventy-five homeless and hungry New Yorkers.
Katharina Grosse, Shake Before Using, 2020 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2020
Night into Day
Monday, October 19, 2020, 1pm EDT
On the occasion of Sarah Sze’s exhibition Night into Day, which opens at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, on October 24, Sze and French philosopher Bruno Latour will lead a livestream walkthrough of the exhibition, inviting the public to discover the artist’s immersive installations. To watch the live event, visit Fondation Cartier’s Instagram.
Sarah Sze and Bruno Latour in the exhibition Sarah Sze: Night into Day at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris. Artwork © Sarah Sze. Photo © Édouard Caupeil
Artists for Biden
October 2–8, 2020
Artists for Biden is an online-only sale of works by leading contemporary artists to support the Biden Victory Fund—a joint fundraising committee authorized by Biden for President, the Democratic National Committee, and forty-seven state Democratic parties. All proceeds from the sale will provide resources needed to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and support other Democratic candidates across the country in the lead up to Election Day. Work by Cecily Brown, Michael Heizer, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Sarah Sze, Stanley Whitney, and Christopher Wool will be available. To register for early access on October 1, visit secure.joebiden.com.
Sarah Sze, Afterimage, Silver, 2018 © Sarah Sze
Night Into Day
Sarah Sze’s exhibition Night Into Day opened at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, during the COVID-19 pandemic but was later closed due to lockdown restrictions in France. Produced on the occasion of the Fondation’s reopening, this video explores the various programming conceived to allow viewers to experience the exhibition while it was closed to the public, including a conversation between Sze, Anselm Kiefer, and philosopher Emanuele Coccia; a walk-through of the exhibition with the artist and philosopher Bruno Latour; and a livestreamed performance staged within the installation by Sze’s longtime friend, choreographer and dancer Trajal Harrell.
Still from “Sarah Sze: Night Into Day”
Virtual Studio Visits
Klaus Biesenbach in Conversation with Sarah Sze
In the Virtual Studio Visits series from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, director Klaus Biesenbach digitally connects with artists around the world. Here, he speaks with Sarah Sze in her studio in New York. The pair discuss the development of Sze’s career as an artist, her commitment to public works projects, and her exhibition Night into Day at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, which is on view through May 30, 2021.
Still from “Virtual Studio Visits: Klaus Biesenbach in Conversation with Sarah Sze”
Night Vision 20/20
Sarah Sze has created Night Vision 20/20, an immersive mobile app that uses augmented reality to take users, wherever they may be, into a nocturnal dream world. It was developed by the digital agency Cher Ami in conjunction with the artist’s exhibition Night into Day at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris. The visual elements, composed of videos drawn from Sze’s installations, transform the users’ perception of reality through their smartphone screen. Night Vision 20/20 also features a sound piece created by Sze, bringing the user into the artist’s universe and opening the door to a personal and playful exploration of her art. To download the free app, visit the App Store or Google Play Store.
View with Sarah Sze’s augmented reality app Night Vision 20/20
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Sarah Sze was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020. Founded in 1780, the academy 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, Shorter Than the Day, 2020, installation view, LaGuardia Airport, New York © Sarah Sze. Photo: Nicholas Knight
at Crypta Balbi
November 21, 2018–January 27, 2019
Museo Nazionale Romano, Crypta Balbi, Rome
Sarah Sze’s Split Stone (7:34) (2018) appears amidst the historic ruins of Crypta Balbi. Opened like a geode, each half of the natural boulder reveals a sunset sky embedded in its flat surface, alluding to gongshi (scholar’s rocks) and the heavenly firmaments of Renaissance paintings. While her current exhibition at Gagosian Rome underscores and amplifies the materiality of digital images, in Split Stone (7:34), Sze takes a reverse approach by imbuing a granite boulder with a pixelated ephemerality.
Sarah Sze, Split Stone (7:34), 2018, installation view, Museo Nazionale Romano, Crypta Balbi, Rome © Sarah Sze. Photo: Matteo D’Eletto, M3 Studio
Through October 2021
Tate Modern, London
Sarah Sze’s work Seamless (1999) is on display in a room on the fourth floor of the Boiler House at Tate Modern, paired with a work by Piet Mondrian.
Sarah Sze, Seamless, 1999 (detail) © Sarah Sze
Through November 8, 2021
Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York
To accompany Fallen Sky (2021), Sarah Sze’s new permanent outdoor sculptural commission at Storm King, the artist has created an immersive installation that spans fifty feet in length, creating a portal through the gallery that houses it. The work, Fifth Season (2021), considers landscape as a timeless preoccupation of artists but refuses the impulse to present the natural world as comforting or coherent, instead depicting it as fragile and in flux.
Sarah Sze, Fifth Season, 2021, installation view, Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York © Sarah Sze
Sarah Sze in
Through January 9, 2022
ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
This exhibition invites visitors to engage with the critical situation of the earth in a novel and diverse way and to explore new modes of coexistence between all forms of life. In order to remedy the generally prevailing disorientation and dissension in society, politics, and ecology with regard to the changing state of the planet, the exhibition project sets up an imaginary cartography, considering the earth as a network of “critical zones.” Work by Sarah Sze is included.
Sarah Sze, Flash Point (Timekeeper), 2018 © Sarah Sze. Photo: Matteo D’Eletto, M3 Studio
Sarah Sze in
On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale
Through January 9, 2022
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
On the Basis of Art celebrates the achievements of women artists who have graduated from Yale University. Presented on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of coeducation at Yale College and the 150th anniversary of the first women students at the University, who came to study at the Yale School of the Fine Arts when it opened in 1869—the exhibition features works drawn entirely from the Yale University Art Gallery’s collection. The exhibition title refers to a phrase in Title IX, the landmark 1972 US federal law declaring that no one in an education program receiving federal financial assistance could be discriminated against “on the basis of sex.” Work by Sarah Sze is included.
Sarah Sze, Mirror with Landscape Leaning (Fragment Series), 2015, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut © Sarah Sze
Sarah Sze in
Off the Wall
March 7–Fall 2021
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Off the Wall features photography-based installations by five artists, including Sarah Sze, who have challenged the established notions of how a photograph should be displayed. Employing inventive approaches that stretch the boundaries of the medium, the exhibited works engage visitors in unconventional ways. Sze’s Images in Translation (2019) is an intricate installation of still and moving images that blurs the line between art and life, the virtual and the real.
Sarah Sze, Images in Translation, 2019 © Sarah Sze
Night into Day
October 24, 2020–May 30, 2021
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Sarah Sze presents two immersive installations in the gallery spaces of Jean Nouvel’s iconic building. Commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, her new works explore how the proliferation of images—printed in magazines, gleaned from the Web, intercepted from outer space—fundamentally changes our relation to physical objects, memories, and time. The works will also engage with the materiality and history of Nouvel’s structure and its surrounding garden. Enveloping the architecture, these sculptures will alter the visitor’s sense of gravity, scale, and time, confusing the boundaries between inside and outside, mirage and reality, past and present.
Sarah Sze, Twice Twilight, 2020, installation view, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris © Sarah Sze. Photo: © Luc Boegly
Images in Debris
February 6–October 4, 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