Sarah Morris

American, b. 1967


Since the mid-1990s, artist Sarah Morris has produced a large body of work using both painting and film, which create a new language of place and politics.

Morris’ paintings and films contain elements that complement and connect to one another, generating a constant back-and-forth play between the two. In her paintings, she uses colors and geometries that she associates with a city’s unique aesthetic vocabulary and palette, as well as its character and multiple histories. Within the framework, Morris’ work plays with social and bureaucratic typologies to implicate obstructive systems of control. In her films President Bill Clinton, Chase Bank, Philip Johnson, Robert Towne, the film industry, poster design, the Olympics, the banking system, Oscar Niemeyer, J.G. Ballard, perfume, lunar cycles, pharmaceutical packaging, birdcages and even fruit are all fair game.

In writer Bettina Funcke’s words: “She wants to be both author and protagonist, and to her that means using compromised personalities and places as portals into entanglements of power, generating a sense of dizzying simultaneity that she translates into motives and resources for her paintings and a flow of images for her films, all of which add up to topologies of a moment in the life of power and style.”

— Submitted by the artist’s studio

Career Highlights
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Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Solo show at a major institution
UCCA, and 3 more
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Included in a major biennial
Bienal de Sao Paulo, and 3 more
Shows Featuring Sarah Morris
Articles Featuring Sarah Morris
The Art World’s New Pre-Hong Kong Destination
Mar 24th, 2018
Tracing Frank Stella’s Disproportionate Influence on Contemporary Art
Oct 30th, 2015
The Top 10 Film/Video Artists on Artsy
Oct 13th, 2013
Sarah Morris Says Bye Bye to Brazil (But Hello to Rio)
Aug 30th, 2013
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