Sarah Sze at the 55th Venice Biennale

by Chantal

Sarah Sze, 360 (Portable Planetarium), 2010. Collection National Gallery of Canada.

Visiting Frieze this year there were few works that really captured my imagination. However one that did in particular was a small work (unusually so for this artist who tends to work on a large scale) by Sarah Sze. I was delighted to hear yesterday that Sze has been selected to represent the US at the next Venice Biennale – an excellent choice in my opinion!

Sze creates fantastical installations of minute detail that transform the spaces they inhabit. Many of the materials in these other worldly creations are throw away products, generally considered mundane – coffee cups, electrical components, toothpicks – and yet the end product is monumental, captivating and extraordinary.

Sarah Sze, Ripe Fruit Falling (North) 1997

Sarah Sze was born in Boston in 1969. She received a BA from Yale University in 1991 and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1997 and is currently represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York.

Sarah Sze, Untitled (Studio) 1996

 

Sarah Sze, Tilting Planet (detail), 2009