UNITED STATES PAVILION
VENICE BIENNALE 2013
HOLLY BLOCK and
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, will present the work of Sarah Sze at the U.S. Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, the 55th International Art Exhibition.
Internationally acclaimed artist Sarah Sze will transform the U.S. Pavilion at the 2013
Venice Biennale with her signature site-specific installations. Engaging architecture and
space in new ways, Sze's works feature the accumulation of everyday materials to create
gravity-defying sculptural environments.
A MacArthur Fellow and Louis Comfort Tiffany Award-winner, Sze has captivated viewers with her large-scale, virtuosic constructions. Her recent achievements include the "Infinite Line" exhibition at the Asia Society and her award-winning New York City High Line commission. She has created ambitious, large-scale installations for the Cartier Foundation, the Carnegie International, the 1999 Venice Biennale, and the São Paulo Biennial.
The U.S. Pavilion is presented by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, which supports official U.S. participation at selected international exhibitions. The Pavilion co-commissioners are Holly Block, Executive Director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Carey Lovelace, noted critic and independent curator. The Bronx Museum of the Arts is the commissioning institution.
Since the late 1990s, the artist Sarah Sze has composed ephemeral installations that penetrate walls, hang from ceilings, and burrow into the ground. Whether installed in a gallery, a domestic interior, or on a street corner, Sze's immense yet intricate site-specific works both respond to and transform their surroundings.
Born in Boston in 1969, Sze has been the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2003, a Radcliffe Fellowship in 2005, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 1999. Most recently, the Asia Society in New York presented a solo show of her work, "Sarah Sze: Infinite Line" (December 2011-March 2012). Her installation for the High Line in Manhattan, Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat), is an elaborate "metropolis" of perspectival architectural models bisected by the High Line's path itself. The piece won a 2012 International Association of Art Critics award for "Best Project in a Public Space."
Sze's practice exists at the intersection of sculpture, painting, and architecture. It demonstrates the artist's formal interest in light, air, and movement, as well as an intuitive understanding of color and texture. Sze utilizes a myriad of everyday objects in her installations, ranging from cotton buds and tea bags to water bottles and ladders, light bulbs and electric fans. Presented as leftovers or traces of human behavior, these items, when released from their commonplace duty, possess a vitality and ambition within the work. Sze's careful consideration of every shift in scale between the humble and the monumental, the throwaway and the precious, the incidental and the essential, solicits a new experience of space, disorienting and reorienting the viewer at every turn.
Since 2006, Holly Block has been Executive Director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts where she previously served as a curator from 1985 to 1988. Before her tenure as Executive Director of the Bronx Museum, Holly authored Art Cuba: The New Generation and served as Executive Director of Art in General, a leading nonprofit arts organization in lower Manhattan. Holly served as co-commissioner for the Department of State for the 2003 Cairo Biennial.
Former Co-President of the International Association of Art Critics, U.S. Chapter, Lovelace recently co-curated "Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary" at The Drawing Center, an exhibition that traveled to the Centre Canadien d'Architecture in Montreal, The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Holland Festival, and the Berlin Akademie der Künst. She was a 2010 Andrew and Marilyn Heiskell Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.
SARAH SZE: Triple Point
United States Pavilion
55th Venice Biennale,
International Art Exhibition
Organizers: THE BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS.
Co-Commissioners: Holly Block, Executive Director, Bronx Museum of the Arts; Carey Lovelace, Critic and Independent Curator.
Schedule: U.S. Pavilion, the Giardini, Venice, Italy
June 1 – November 24, 2013
Presented by: The pavilion exhibition is presented by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, which supports the official U.S. participation at selected international exhibitions, and through support from individual donors.
Sarah Sze: Triple Point
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