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Sarah Morris - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Sarah Morris was born in 1967 in London and now lives and works in New York. Since the mid-1990s she has reinvigorated painting with her abstracted geometric snapshots of urban environments. Often working in distinctive series that are created in conjunction with a film, she has explored the psychological typologies of Midtown Manhattan, Las Vegas, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Abu Dhabi, and Osaka among others.

Morris studied at Brown University and Cambridge University, and was a participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program. She received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting Award in 2001 and in 1999-2000 was an American Academy Award Berlin Prize Fellow.

In 2023 the Deichtorhallen Hamburg opened All Systems Fail, a major retrospective of her work. The exhibition traveled to the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany and plans to be shown at the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart in 2024. Other major exhibitions of Morris's work have taken place at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Fondation Beyeler, Basel; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin among others. Her work is included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Istanbul Museum of Modern Art; Jumex Collection, Mexico City; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Tate Modern, London; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London among others.

What’s the dynamic between the films and the paintings? All I can tell you is it’s always all going on at the same time. I don’t know if you can make a linear, causal connection, but there is obviously a link. There are linguistic connections between the titles. There are connections in terms of color and composition. And rhythm too—all of the films have this sort of relentless quality to them that’s slightly hypnotic. You can even look at the films as a study. On the other hand, sometimes we’ll do research for paintings and compositions for paintings, and it will lead me to a very specific space. The conversation goes both ways.

Sarah Morris in conversation with Taylor Dafoe, artnet news, 2019

Career Highlights

Sarah Morris - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Installation view, Robert Towne, Lever House, 2006

1967 Born in the United Kingdom

1989 Graduates from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts

1989-1990 participates in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study program

1992 Morris has her first solo exhibition Citizens at Kunsthalle in New York

1998 First institutional show at Le Consortium in Dijon

Creates her first film Midtown

1999 Inaugural show with Petzel Gallery in New York

2000 Morris mounts major solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Zurich in Switzerland

2001 Awarded the Joan Mitchell Painting Award

2002 All of Morris’ films to date are shown at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC

2005 A solo exhibition is mounted of Morris’ Los Angeles series at Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover

2006 Morris installs the site-specific work Robert Towne at the Lever House in New York

Sarah Morris - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Installation view, The Odysseus Factor, UCCA, Beijing, 2018

2008  Morris installs the mural Black Beetle at the Fondation Beyler and exhibits paintings from her “Capital” and “Rings” series

2009  Museum fur Moderne Kunst hosts a comprehensive solo exhibition of Morris’ work titled Gemini Dressage. The exhibition included the debut of her film, Beijing, in Europe.

2012 Points on a Line debuts at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio

2013 Morris has three exhibitions premiering her “Rio” series at White Cube in London, Petzel Gallery in New York, and Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany.

2016 Museum Leuven hosts a major exhibition of Morris’ work in Belgium.

2018 Morris has her first institutional exhibition in China at the UCCA in Beijing.

2019 Debuts her 15th movie Sakura at the Nakanoshima Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan

2020 Awarded the Aurelie Nemours Prize

2023 Forthcoming institutional exhibitions at Deichtorhallen Hamburg and Nakanoshima Museum of Art in Osaka

2024 Solo exhibitions at museum include Kunstmuseum Bern and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart