Born 1969
Hometown Boston, MA
Lives and Works New York, NY
MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 1997
BA, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1991

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany

Victoria Miro, London, UK

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY

Sarah Sze’s mesmerizing site-specific installations transform everyday objects into interconnected galaxies of logic-defying instruments of disorientation. Metal rods, colored string, and other linear materials propel the work’s swirling dynamism while simultaneously linking each disparate element to the grander composition. Sze explains, “My hope is that the work is constantly shifting, so you read it as one thing, and then it gets lost and you read it as something else, and then that gets lost, so it’s never a set system. The work is expansive rather than conclusive…”

Using a range of diverse materials, including cotton buds, tea bags, water bottles, ladders, light bulbs, electric fans, and ticket stubs, Sze's work reflects a Futurism-tinged fascination with conveying movement in static objects and a crafty ability to manipulate scale. In her work, the miniature and the colossal harmoniously cohabitate, responding to and radically altering a given space. 

Representing the United States at the 2013 Venice Biennale, Sze created an installation, Triple Point, that alludes to various scientific and natural processes, transforming the American Pavilion into a form of playful laboratory. Sze’s work has been featured in numerous prestigious cultural institutions, including the Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Sao Paulo Biennial, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Asia Society Museum in New York, and the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.


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