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, 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
Sarah Sze has been commissioned by Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York, to create Fallen Sky, a site-specific work comprised of a deliberately incomplete and increasingly delicate spherical cavity 36 feet in diameter, sheathed in mirrored stainless steel. The work engages with themes shared by many other works within Storm King’s collection—truth to materials, a grand scale, and a union with nature—while also moving in a new and specific direction: toward ethereality and a deep responsiveness to subtle environmental change. Fallen Sky pays tribute to communal and ancient sites around the world while also remaining tied to the history of abstraction in art.
Rendering of Fallen Sky by Sarah Sze © Sarah Sze. Photo: Sarah Sze/Storm King Art Center