Sarah Morris

Born 1967
Hometown United Kingdom
Lives and Works New York, NY and London, England
BA, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1989
Jesus College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, 1988

Sarah Morris Gallery Art

Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
White Cube, London, England

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Berardo Collection, Sintra, Portugal
British Council, London, England
Celebrity Cruises GTS Millenium
Centre d'Art Contemporain, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
Essl Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy
Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain de Bourgogne, France
Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, Poitou-Charentes, France
F.R.A.C. Bourgone, France
F.R.A.C. Poitou-Charentes, France
Galerie fur Zeitgenossiche Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
Government Art Collection, London, England
Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany
La Colección Jumex, Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico
Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Mora Foundation, London, England
Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Paine Webber Collection, New York, NY
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Saatchi Collection, London, England
Sammlung DaimlerChrysler, Berlin, Germany
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin, Germany
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tate Modern, London, England
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Sarah Morris is a painter and filmmaker who finds inspiration from architectural landscapes of the world's major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Beijing. An observer of the vibrations and dynamism unique to each urban center, Morris' work is highly concerned with exploring the relationship between conceptual signs and physical signifiers.

After receiving a degree in Philosophy and Semiotics from Brown University in 1989, she started her career in creating graphic paintings that evoke the format and language of newspapers and popular advertisements. In the mid 1990s, she began to explore urban architectural imagery in her paintings and films, a subject matter that remains her present interest.Through a bold usage of color and blunt geometric forms, Morris' best-known paintings recall the stained glass windows of Gothic cathedrals, or the iconoclastic patterns of Islamic mosques. They are complex images that speak to the increasingly disorienting experience of modern urban existence.

Her films focus on deconstructing the major architectural elements of a city with the intention of revealing its true character. For example, in Beijing (2008), Morris explores the city's reinvention and renewal through close examination of the construction and implementation of the Olympic complex. Additionally, she has created numerous site specific works in the United States and abroad including a commission for the Public Art Fund entitled Robert Towne, which expands 20,000-square-feet across the ceiling of the Lever House building in Manhattan.

Click here to read about "Bye Bye Brazil," Sarah Morris' show about Rio de Janeiro at White Cube London.

Works Available for Purchase



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