Sarah Morris Biography

American (1967)

In recent years, the American shooting star Sarah Morris has made a name for herself with her films and her constructivist, geometric paintings. Morris' paintings are related to or emerge from her films. She composes colorful, linear grids, often with steep perspectival elements, into an abstract matrix to evoke not only the energy and geometry of the urban landscape, but its psycho-social forces as well. Pools - Cocowalk (Miami), 2003, is part of a recent series centered on the high-rise architecture and swimming pools of Miami, Florida. Morris made a film of the city in 2002 (with a soundtrack by Liam Gillick, a contemporary artist also represented in the Gallery's permanent collection) followed by a series of paintings she collectively titled Pools. By using swimming pools as her focus, the paintings in this series become emblematic of a particular lifestyle and ideology associated with the culture of south Florida. The pools intersect and reflect the urban infrastructure and the myriad social forces that make up the city of Miami. Morris transforms them through her unique use of color and intricate web-like grid patterns, resulting in what one critic has called "â?¦a new ultra-vision of a place."

SELECTED MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS - Albright-Knox Art Gallery - American Express - Berardo Collection, Sintra - British Council, London - Celebrity Cruises GTS Millenium - Centre d'Art Contemporain, Le Consortium, Dijon - Fondazione Prada, Milan - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain de Bourgogne - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, Poitou-Charentes - Galerie fur Zeitgenossiche Kunst, Leipzig - Government Art Collection, London - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York - Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin - Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg - Le Consortium, Dijon - Mora Foundation, London - Museum der Moderne, Salzburg - Museum of Modern Art, New York - Paine Webber Collection, New York - Saatchi Collection, London - Sammlung DaimlerChrysler, Berlin - Sammlung Goetz, Munich - Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam - Tate Modern, London - Yale Center for British Art, New Haven