Sarah Sze Wants Her Art to Be Like Jazz

Still from 'Sarah Sze: Improvisation,' 2010. (Courtesy Art21)

When artist Sarah Sze recreated her installation The Unaccountables (Encyclopedia) in 2010 at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, France, she incorporated into her work things she was eating and things she found in the hotel. “Improvisation is crucial,” she says in a video just published by Art21 as she is shown clamping a piece of string to a table on which there’s a small potted cactus. “I want the work to be sort of an experience of something live. To have this feeling that it was improvised, that you can see decisions happening on site the way you see a live sports event, the way you hear jazz.” Read More


Sarah Sze Profiled in ‘New Yorker’

The artist. (Courtesy Columbia University)

This week’s issue of The New Yorker features a profile of the artist Sarah Sze, by Andrea K. Scott. Ms. Sze, you may remember, was recently selected to represent the United States in the 2013 Venice Biennale, so you may want to read up on her dense work to better grasp its place in art Read More


Sarah Sze and More in Tonight’s Premiere of ‘Art in the 21st Century’ Season 6

Still from 'Art in the 21st Century' (Courtesy PBS)

Tonight, Art in the 21st Century, the Peabody Award-winning television series which profiles 13 artists in four hour-long episodes, premieres on PBS at 9:00 p.m. EST. This season, the show—grouped into the episodes “Change,” “Balance,” “History” and “Boundaries”—will feature performance artist Marina Abramovic, art collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus, known for its carnivalesque installations (like the one it created for a 2008 exhibition at Deitch Projects), abstract artist Lynda Benglis, whose brightly-colored sculptures in poured latex and foam were exhibited at the New Museum last year, outspoken artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei and Sarah Sze who will represent the United States at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Read More


Ai Weiwei, Sarah Sze, ‘The Clock’ Honored in Art Critics’ Association Awards

Sarah Sze's installation on the High Line, 'Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat).' (Photo by schmuela/Flickr)

The International Association of Art Critics’ United States chapter announced yesterday the 24 winners of its 2011 awards. The New York Times first reported the news. Voted on by the 400 members of the organization, the citations are made for first and second place in 12 different categories, with three categories specially addressing New York, which were decided as follows: Read More

Art Fairs

Preview the ADAA Art Show

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Cindy Sherman, Murder Mystery, #4, 1976/2000

The Art Show, which opens Wednesday at the Park Avenue Armory, is the longest-running art fair in the nation. In its 24th year, the fair, which is organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), presents both contemporary work from artists like Yoshitomo Nara as well as works from the 19th and 20th centuries, such as paintings by Otto Dix. Read More

Venice Biennale 2013

Sarah Sze Will Represent U.S. at 2013 Venice Biennale

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Sarah Sze.

Sarah Sze has been selected to represent the United States at the 2013 Venice Biennale, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, which is commissioning the work, announced today. The selection was made by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The co-commissioners of the pavilion are Bronx Museum executive director Holly Block and the independent curator and critic Carey Lovelance. Read More


Old Men and the Sze: Sarah Sze Opens at Asia Society

Guggenheim as a Ruin by Sarah Sze, (2009) (Ink, string, collage on paper, image courtesy of Asia Society)

Sarah Sze’s new exhibition at Asia Society has many attractions, among them a room devoted to the physical representation of two-dimensional image creation, works that force the distillation of perception and no fewer than the 12 formative moments in the life of Sotheby’s auctioneer Tobias Meyer. Read More