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Sarah Sze (/ˈz/; born 1969) is a contemporary artist known for sculpture and installation works that employ everyday objects to create multimedia landscapes.[1] Sze lives and works in New York City[2] and is a professor of visual arts at Columbia University.[3]

Sarah Sze
Sarah Sze 360 (Portable Planetarium) 2010.jpg
360 (Portable Planetarium) 2010
Born1969 (age 49–50)
Known forSculpture
AwardsMacArthur Fellow (2003–2008)
US Representative for the Venice Biennale (2013)


Early life and educationEdit

Sze was born in Boston in 1969. She received a BA from Yale University in 1991 and an MFA from New York's School of Visual Arts in 1997.[1]


Sze draws from Modernist traditions of the found object, to build large scale installations.[4] She uses everyday items like string, Q-tips, photographs, and wire to create complex constellations whose forms change with the viewer's interaction.[5] The effect of this is to "challenge the very material of sculpture, the very constitution of sculpture, as a solid form that has to do with finite geometric constitutions, shapes, and content."[6]

Sze represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2013, and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003. She has exhibited in museums worldwide, and her works are held in the permanent collections of prominent institutions, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Fondation Cartier, Paris; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles. Sze's work has been featured in The Whitney Biennial (2000), the Carnegie International (1999) and several international biennials, including Berlin (1998), Guangzhou (2015), Liverpool (2008), Lyon (2009), São Paulo (2002), and Venice (1999, 2013, and 2015). Sze has also created public works for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the High Line in New York. Sze was born in Boston, Massachusetts and lives and works in New York.[7]

"Blueprint for a Landscape" by Sarah Sze at the 96th Street subway station

On January 1, 2017, a permanent installation commissioned by MTA Arts & Design of drawings by Sze on ceramic tiles opened in the 96th Street subway station on the new Second Avenue Subway line in New York City.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Art marketEdit

Sze is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York[14] and Victoria Miro Gallery in London.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Sze lives in New York City with her husband, Siddhartha Mukherjee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies who teaches medicine at Columbia, and their two daughters.[16]

Notable exhibitionsEdit

  • 2019 – Split Stone (Northwest), Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA (permanent installation)
  • 2016 – "Sarah Sze," The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  • 2015 – "Sarah Sze," Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2015 – "All The Worlds Futures", 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, curated by Okwui Enwezor
  • 2015 – "Sarah Sze", Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
  • 2014 – "Sarah Sze: Triple Point (Planetarium)," Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
  • 2013 – "Sarah Sze," The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2002 – Grow or Die, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (permanent installation)
  • 2013 – Triple Point, American Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
  • 2012 – "Sarah Sze", MUDAM Museum, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • 2011–2012 - Sarah Sze: Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat),[1] High Line, between West 20th and West 21st Streets , New York City, NY
  • 2011 – Sarah Sze: Infinite Line, Asia Society, New York, NY
  • 2009 – Tilting Planet, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK[17]
  • 2008 – "Sarah Sze", Maison Hermès 8F Le Forum, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2007 – "Sarah Sze", Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
  • 2006 – "Sarah Sze", Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden
  • 2006 – Corner Plot, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, New York, NY
  • 2006 – Model for Corner Plot, Agassiz House, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA
  • 2005 – "Sarah Sze", Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2005 – An Equal and Opposite Reaction, the Seattle Opera, Seattle, WA, (permanent installation)
  • 2004 – Blue Poles, Sidney-Pacific Graduate Dormitory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (permanent installation)
  • 2004 – "Sarah Sze: The Triple Point of Water", Fondazione Davide Halevim, Milan, Italy
  • 2003 – "Sarah Sze: The Triple Point of Water", The Whitney Museum, New York, NY
  • 2002 – "Sarah Sze", Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  • 2001 – "Sarah Sze", Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, NY
  • 2001 – Drawn, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
  • 2000 – "Sarah Sze", Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1999 – "Sarah Sze", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 1999 – "Sarah Sze: Still Life with Flowers", Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
  • 1999 – "Sarah Sze", Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France
  • 1998 – "Sarah Sze", Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
  • 1997 – Migrateurs, Musee d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
  • 1997 – White Room, White Columns, New York, NY

Museum collectionsEdit

Awards and grantsEdit

  • 2017 – Honoree, National Academy Museum and School, New York
  • 2016 – Louise Blouin Foundation Award
  • 2014 – Amherst Honorary Degree, Doctor of the Arts, Honoris Causa
  • 2014 – School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Medal Award
  • 2013 – US Representative for the Venice Biennale
  • 2013 – Inducted into the National Academy
  • 2012 – American Federation of the Arts Cultural Leadership Award
  • 2012 – Laurie M. Tisch Award for civic responsibility and action and significant leadership in education, arts, culture, civic affairs and/or health
  • 2012 – AICA Award for Best Project in a Public Space, Sarah Sze, Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat), The High Line, New York, NY
  • 2005 – Radcliffe Institute Fellow
  • 2003 – MacArthur Fellow
  • 2003 – Lotos Club Foundation Prize in the Arts
  • 2002 – Atelier Calder Residency, Sache`, France
  • 1999 – Louis Comfort Tiffany Award
  • 1997 – The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio Residency, New York
  • 1997 – Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award
  • 1997 – Paula Rhodes Memorial Award
  • 1996 – School of Visual Arts Graduate Fellowship


  • 1998 – Visiting Lecturer, Yale University, Intersections of Art and Architecture
  • 1999–2002 – Lecturer, School of Visual Art, Master of Fine Arts Program
  • 2002–2004 – Lecturer, Columbia University, School of the Arts
  • 2005–2008 – Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, School of the Arts
  • 2009–Present – Professor, Columbia University, School of the Arts


  1. ^ Official website
  2. ^ "Sarah Sze". Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Sarah Sze — Art21". Art21. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  4. ^ "Meet the Most Brilliant Couple in Town". Vogue. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  5. ^ "Sarah Sze on Why She Had to Invent a New Way of Making Sculpture". Artspace. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  6. ^ "Sarah Sze". Victoria Miro. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  7. ^ Oh, Inae (14 May 2012). "Second Avenue Subway Public Art Project Commissions Chuck Close, Sarah Sze, Jean Shin". Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  8. ^ Ben Yakas (2014-01-22). "Here's What The Second Avenue Subway Will Look Like When It's Filled With Art". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  9. ^ Halperin, Julia (June 2, 2012). "A Preview of the MTA's Ultra-Contemporary Public Art for New York's Second Avenue Subway Line". Blouin Art Info. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  10. ^ "Subway Art on the Future Second Avenue Subway Line Revealed". Untapped Cities. 2014-04-28. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
  11. ^ Lynch, Marley (2014-01-23). "The future Second Avenue subway line will have cool art (slide show)". Retrieved 2014-05-15.
  12. ^ Kennedy, Randy (2016-12-19). "Art Underground: A First Look at the Second Avenue Subway". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  13. ^ "tanya bonakdar gallery :: artists". Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  14. ^ "Sarah Sze – Artists – Victoria Miro". Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  15. ^ Kazanjian, Dodie (2016-05-11). "Meet the Most Brilliant Couple in Town". Vogue.
  16. ^ Sarah Sze: Tilting Planet from Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, accessed on 12 November 2016.

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