Sara VanDerBeek

Born 1976
Hometown Baltimore, MD
Lives and Works New York, NY
BFA, Cooper Union School of Art and Science, New York, NY, 1998

Metro Pictures, New York, NY
Altman Siegel, New York, NY

Sara VanDerBeek, who graduated from Cooper Union with a BFA in 1998, co-ran Guild & Greyshkul, a gallery in SoHo, from 2003 to 2009 while also developing her own practice of collecting and creating objects and images.  Her choice of materials and images is never random, and her allusions to politics and history are carefully considered.  For her first one-person exhibition at Metro Pictures, VanDerBeek presents new photographs and sculptures that explore the phenomenon of experience and the translation of memory into image and form. Continuing her inquiry into the synthesis of place, time and culture, VanDerBeek travelled to Paris, Rome and Naples where she explored archeological sites and museum collections of classical and neoclassical sculpture. During this period of research, she focused on ancient female figures as they exist within evolving visual culture. The exhibition translates and materializes the museum tableaux and sense of scale, space, and time VanDerBeek experienced while visiting these collections.

VanDerBeek has had one-person exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Fondazione Memmo, Rome. Her work has been in group shows at institutions incudling the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; CCS Bard, Annandale-on-the-Hudson, New York; SculptureCenter, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Aspen Art Museum; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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