Sarah Sze, ‘Cyan Stone’, 2013-2015, Phillips
Sarah Sze, ‘Cyan Stone’, 2013-2015, Phillips

Canvas: 64 x 46 in. (162.6 x 116.8 cm.)
Total dimensions variable, approximately 84 x 51 x 49 in. (213.4 x 129.5 x 124.5 cm.)

From the Catalogue:
Sarah Sze’s Cyan Rock belongs to the artist’s Stone Series, begun in 2013 when the works were first exhibited at the Venice Biennale that year as a part of her multi-room installation, Triple Point. Each of the Stone Series works is composed of real stones found in nature alongside beautifully fashioned aluminum structures covered in photographs of the stones, placed in front of a canvas depicting these photographs printed on Tyvek and rendered with silkscreen in vibrant colors. In Venice, Sze chose to place some of the rock structures outside the Biennale pavilion, in restaurants and shops around the city of Venice. By confronting the viewer with these objects placed in unsuspecting locations, Sze challenges humans’ tendency to overlook everyday objects and their place in the spaces they inhabit. The Stone Series works were later exhibited at her solo exhibition at Victoria Miro Gallery in London in 2015, in which the present lot was included.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed "Sze" on the overlap; further signed and dated "Sze 2015" and variously numbered on the underside of the rocks

Philadelphia, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, December 13, 2013 - April 6, 2014, pp. 21-22, 30 (illustrated)
London, Victoria Miro Gallery, Sarah Sze, January 30 - March 28, 2015

Okwui Enwezor, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh and Laura Hoptman, Sarah Sze, London, 2016, p. 74 (illustrated)

Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2015

About Sarah Sze

Sarah Sze said that she perpetually collects little things everywhere she goes, so her works can be thought of as autobiographical records of where she’s been. Her materials include quotidian and even mundane objects, like office supplies, electric lights, fans, water systems, houseplants, birthday candles, Q-Tips, and Asprin. Sze is best known for creating sprawling installations and sculptures that stretch suspended from floor to ceiling. The arrangements are closely packed compositions that variously reference both landscape and architecture; yet in spite of being three-dimensional, the sculptures emphasize delicate lines. Themes in her work include ecology, interconnectivity, and labor. Richard Serra, an admirer of her work, has commended Sze for “changing the potential of sculpture.”

American, b. 1969, Boston, Massachusetts, based in New York, New York