Sarah Sze with Adam D. Weinberg
Monday 05 November, 2012
945 Madison Avenue, Lower Gallery
The annual Annenberg Lecture is given in honor of the late Walter H. Annenberg, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and former ambassador. Admission is free but registration is required. Please visit whitney.org to register for seats, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Since the late 1990s, Sarah Sze has created remarkable sculptural installations, wall reliefs, and works on paper. She is perhaps best known for her immense, intricate, site-specific installations that penetrate walls, hang from ceilings, and burrow into the ground. Sze's practice exists at the intersection of sculpture, painting, and architecture. Her signature sculptural aesthetic involves transforming our perception of ordinary things, including Q-tips, pushpins, disposable razors, plastic flowers, real plants, straws, tea bags, ladders, electric fans, and matchsticks; she assembles these mundane items into works of astonishing movement, balance, poise, and beauty. By playing with scale and illusion, and through the accretion of innumerable small objects, she creates works that seem to defy gravity and form new universes. The Whitney has exhibited and supported Sze’s work since early in her career (she was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and had a solo presentation in 2003 entitled The Triple Point of Water) and the Museum remains committed to her vision of what an artwork can be.