Sarah Sze

1969 -

“Each piece acts like a site of evidence of some behavior—some effort to make meaning, find knowledge, or create intimacy through the physical world … It’s a model that is constantly shifting and changing, such that a site feels like a live event.” October 2010 

A New York based visual artist, Sarah Sze has emerged as one of the more innovative and important artists of her generation.  She has received international attention for her prints and drawings and for her mixed-media installations. 

Sze attended Yale University in Boston in 1991, where she studied sculpture and developed an interest in conceptualism (art resides in the idea rather than the work).  She then spent a year in Japan, where she learned ikebana – the Japanese art of flower arranging - while working at a TV station, followed by four years in Boston, working in a public-school art-education program. Sze went on to receive her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 1997, majoring in architecture and painting. 

Since the late 1990s, her intricate, often site-specific works, such as 360 Portable Planetarium, 2010, which combine found, everyday objects, have been included in several international exhibitions, from the 49th International Exhibition of Contemporary Art at the Venice Biennale,1999 to The Malmö Konsthall in Sweden 2006.  She has also created a number of permanent installations (the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall of the Seattle Opera), and her pieces are featured in prominent international art collections such as the Guggenheim Museum, NY. She was the recipient of the MacArthur Fellows Program “genius grant” in 2003 and has been chosen to represent the United States at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

Sarah Sze
Photography: Sarah Sze Studio

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Sarah Sze


Born États-Unis: Massachusetts, Boston, 1969




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