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Sara VanDerBeek

American, b. 1976

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Sara VanDerBeek

American, b. 1976

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Sara VanDerBeek’s photographs are based primarily on abstract sculptural forms that incorporate diverse sources such as art history books, personal images, magazines, and newspapers. Creating the sculptures in her studio, VanDerBeek photographs and often dismantles them, destroying all evidence of their existence save for the images. "I am fascinated by the transformative quality of photography," she says. "Photographs can affect your sense of time, place, memory, and scale and thus are attuned to the central aspects of our existence." Recently, VanDerBeek has taken to preserving and displaying her sculptural forms alongside her photographs, further complicating the relationship between object, image of the object, and the idea of the image as an object itself.

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Whitney Museum of American Art, and 1 more
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Group show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 2 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 1 more
Biography

Sara VanDerBeek’s photographs are based primarily on abstract sculptural forms that incorporate diverse sources such as art history books, personal images, magazines, and newspapers. Creating the sculptures in her studio, VanDerBeek photographs and often dismantles them, destroying all evidence of their existence save for the images. "I am fascinated by the transformative quality of photography," she says. "Photographs can affect your sense of time, place, memory, and scale and thus are attuned to the central aspects of our existence." Recently, VanDerBeek has taken to preserving and displaying her sculptural forms alongside her photographs, further complicating the relationship between object, image of the object, and the idea of the image as an object itself.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Sara VanDerBeek
MoMA and Guggenheim Take Stock of Photography in 2015
Nov 9th, 2015
MoMA and Guggenheim Take Stock of Photography in 2015
Francesca Gavin on her First Online Exhibition
Mar 26th, 2014
Francesca Gavin on her First Online Exhibition
Decline and Fall
Mar 26th, 2014
Decline and Fall
The Female Eye: Women Photographers at The Art Show
Feb 26th, 2014
The Female Eye: Women Photographers at The Art Show
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