Sarah Sze (b. 1969, Boston) creates sprawling, chaotic sculptures and site-specific installations from quotidian objects and ephemeral materials. Her large, rhizomatic structures are whimsical, but also call to mind themes of interconnectivity and ecologic sustainability. Sze was the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2003 and was the United States representative in the American Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2013.
Sze graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1991 and received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1997. She has exhibited internationally at the MUDAM Luxembourg; the Musee d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris, France; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; Liverpool Biennial; Maison Hermés, Tokyo; the Malmö Konsthall, Sweden; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and Fondation Cartier, Paris, among many other venues. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the New Museum, all New York; the Walker Art Center, Minnesota; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among many other collections. Permanent installations are on view at the High Line, New York; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Seattle Opera House.
Sze is currently working on a permanent installation for the 96th Street and Second Avenue subway station in New York to open in 2016 and is also a Professor in the School of the Arts at Columbia University. She lives and works in New York.