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New Work By Sarah Sze To Be Presented In Whitney’s Sculpture Court This Summer As Part Of The Contemporary Series.

Known for her astonishingly intricate site-specific installations, Sarah Sze will create a fantastical urban garden this summer in the Whitney Museum's Sculpture Court. Presented as part of The Contemporary Series, the work, commissioned by the Whitney, will be on view from July 3 to October 9, 2003.

Mixing natural and artificial plant life with the miscellany of everyday life, the artist creates whimsical arrangements of thousands of objects, building imaginary miniature ecosystems that borrow from the visual vocabularies of archaeological sites, construction sites, and pastoral oases. At once architectural and organic, intimate and epic, her works convey a sense of wonder as plastic flowers bloom alongside forsythia, grassy knolls flourish with Astroturf, and replicas of street lamps grow out of concrete.

Sarah Sze was born in 1969. She received her BA from Yale in 1991 and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1997. She has had many one-artist exhibitions, including recent ones at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, and Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies. Her work has been seen in numerous group shows and was featured in the 2000 Whitney Biennial.

The Contemporary Series was launched in 2001. Organized by Debra Singer, the Whitney’s associate curator of contemporary art, the series reflects and forecasts shifting trends in contemporary American art and enhances the Whitney’s commitment to living artists. Recent projects have included a piece by Tom Burr that re-imagined Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc in purple plywood, and Listening Post, a multimedia installation by Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen.


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