Sarah Sze is an artist who uses humble materials to create strikingly original sculptures and astonishingly intricate site-specific installations. Her works, each of which she constructs by hand, transform everyday objects into gravity-defying works in horizontal and tower-like formations that zig-zag into the heights of the rooms that try to contain them. The pieces often seem to teeter on the brink of existence, built just at the edge of their ability to sustain themselves structurally. This seeming ephemerality conveys a sense of the fleeting existence of objects, situations and places. This book is the first monograph to include works that span the course of her career and includes images of both her sculptures, installations as well as her drawings.
Sarah Sze has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1996. Recent solo exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work has been included in group show venues such as the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the Venice Biennale. She is a 2003 MacArthur Fellow and was granted a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award in 1999. Sze received her bachelor's from Yale College in 1991 and her master of fine arts from the School of Visual Arts in 1997. She is currently an officer at the School of Arts at Columbia University and a fellow at the Radcliff Institute. Linda Norden, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Fogg Art Museum since 1998, also teaches in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Prior to moving to Boston, Norden was instrumental in the development of the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies in Art and Contemporary Culture, where she also taught art history and criticism.