Sarah Morris

Field of Practice:

Video / Film / New Media

City, Country:

New York, United States


2009, 2010, 2011

Born 1967 in the UK.

Sarah Morris lives and works in New York and London. Since the mid-1990s, she has been internationally recognized for her complex abstract paintings and films, which are derived from close observation of the architecture and psychology of urban environments.

In the paintings she uses colors and geometries that she associates with a city’s unique aesthetic vocabulary and palette, as well as its character and history.

Morris’ films operate in the realm of documentary, biography of a city and non-narrative fiction and focus on the importance of architecture, the role of the state, critique of power, and the aesthetic tension between the commercial and the political.

She attended Brown University, Cambridge University and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program.

Morris received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting Award in 2001, and in 1999-2000 was an American Academy Award, Berlin Prize Fellow.

Notable exhibitions include Lenbachhaus, Munich (2008); Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2008); The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2006); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2005); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005); Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2005); Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen (2004); Miami MOCA (2002); Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. (2002); and Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2001).