Born 1967 in Sevenoaks, UK
Lives and works in New York and London
Since the 1990s, Sarah Morris has received international acclaim for her films and paintings that explore contemporary urban topologies and their underlying psychologies. In her films, Morris presents expressionistic portraits of cities such as Paris, Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles and Beijing, and investigates their inherent codes and power structures. Morris constructs narratives in differing but always insightful and surprising ways, depicting the cities’ psychologies through specific urban scenes, sites, or viewpoints.
Her paintings, which she considers as parallels to her films, take a different vantage point to resemble abstracted geometric works painted in gloss paint on canvas. They make reference to architectural motifs and are rendered in vivid colours inspired by city landscapes. Morris’ paintings are smooth and precise and her visual language dramatic and emotive. Alongside this practice, she has also created site-specific architectural works for numerous institutions and public spaces, including the 39th Avenue MTA Station in Long Island City, New York (2019); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Kunsthalle Bremen (2013); and Lever House, New York (2006).
In 2021, Morris will have a major retrospective at the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg. She has exhibited extensively worldwide, including at the Sao Paulo Museum of Art (2020); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2018); Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland (2017); M Museum, Leuven, Belgium (2015); Kunsthalle Bremen (2013); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2012); Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2008); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2006); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2001) and many more. Her work is included in many public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Pompidou and Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Tate Modern and Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Miami Art Museum, among others.