Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris (born 1967 in Sevenoaks ) is a British artist and filmmaker who was known for her large-scale and color raster images. She lives and works in New York and London.

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Morris attended from 1985 to 1989, the Brown University in Providence (USA), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. From 1989 to 1990 she took in New York on " Independent Study Program " at the Whitney Museum of American Art in part. She was from 1999 to 2000 as " Philip Morris scholarship " guest of the American Academy in Berlin and worked in a studio at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. The artist is well known as a painter of luminous images in raster often geometric forms, as well as a filmmaker artistic- documentary film biographies of cities. She is married to the British artist Liam Gillick. Her studio is located in a former warehouse in Chelsea ( Manhattan), to practice in the many artists their activities. Sarah Morris received several awards, including the 2001 " Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting Award", presented in prestigious galleries and museums, such as the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA ), and divides his time between London and New York City.


Art of Painting

Sarah Morris picturesque works are diverse. It began with glittering monochrome panels on which strikingly individual words were seen, for example, " Girls". For the British Vogue magazine in 2000, she designed the cover with the Star Model Kate Moss. Known are now their monumental painting in bright colors and abstract structures. Thematically, it deals primarily with American cities whose urban biography to approach in this way. This work was preceded by careful research; she visits the respective cities with camera and video camera, talking to people and weaves their impressions and experiences geometrically reduced into the pictures. On the computer she authored the theoretically thoughtful grid of their images; The glossy pop colors of household paint are applied with the help of assistants. Sometimes the paintings are reminiscent of late representations of Piet Mondrian. The titles refer to well-known buildings or places of the city. " Sarah Morris observations are aesthetic in almost decadent way they compress the modern life in pure forms they monumentalizes with cool fascination. Irony there is not, but about significant borrowings from the advertising, fashion and design -. , The world in which the heirs of Pop Art move today carefree "

Morris current pictures dealing with the theme of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. On them one above the other and intertwined circles can be seen. The inspiration for this design gave the annularly constructed around the Chinese capital freeway maze. Contrasting she was influenced, among others, their impressions, which causes the ubiquitous air pollution there.

Cinematic art

Since 1998, Morris makes films. They are world city biographies in which it captures the atmosphere of political, economic and everyday life in a special way. In some films, she shows the entertainment world, such as in Los Angeles contemporary Hollywood culture of spectacle. For their film project Capital their access to government premises was granted. From the political center of the nation's capital Washington 's film was, for example, from unusual perspectives press conferences and government limousines or Bill Clinton drinking coffee with his Cabinet. Joggers and pedestrians binds them sensitively into the silhouette of urban glass backdrop. The film does not tell a continuous story, the viewer receives only a "visual gratification ". The artist flies " as it passed over her subjects and across them. It scans like a scanner from near and far. Because the position of the invisible artists eye is therefore hardly make out, the viewer is sent to an irritating placelessness. "

Your first performed in 2008, seventh film in 1972 refers to the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich with the attack on the Israeli team. On display are beautiful shots of the current Olympic terrain and its surroundings, is incorporated in the police archive footage of those events. She sees her project as preparation for the film she is shooting for the Olympics in Beijing. In both cases they will pursue the question of power and responsibility and the uncontrollability of the whole. The focus of her 1972 film is an interview with Georg Sieber, chief psychologist of the former Security Service, the tragedy of the kidnapping of Munich and the ratio of predictions and plans and thereby possible errors. Sieber was commissioned to design theoretical risk constellations. Of the more than 60 created possible scenarios met a fact, but you took the time Sieber not serious and he retired after the Games. Morris says about her film: "For me, were and are the Olympia architecture of Behnisch and appearance, the Otl Aicher was the games, absolutely fantastic. It was an attempt to create something optimistic, which was then unfortunately shattered by reality " in the program" Conclusion " of Germany Kultur Wilhelm Warning judges 1972 ." No documentary with the will to objectivity. But a work of art. And yet the question of how it is doing to the truth remains. For curator Matthias Mühling that accompanies the film with a very concentrated and wise little book, which is one of the most complex levels of this work of art. "

Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2009: Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2008: Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
  • 2007: Kunstmuseum Bonn
  • 2006: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
  • 2006: Centraal Museum, Utrecht
  • 2006: Musée d' Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
  • 2005: K21 Art Collection North Rhine -Westphalia, Dusseldorf
  • 2005: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
  • 2005: Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
  • 2005: Moderna Museet, Stockholm
  • 2004: Hamburger Kunsthalle
  • 2003: Frankfurter Kunstverein
  • 2002: Museum of Modern Art (MOMA ), New York
  • 2000: Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Works in public collections

Works by Sarah Morris are among others at London's Tate Gallery of Modern Art, the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas (USA), the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA ) in Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig, the Berlin Hamburger Bahnhof / museum of the present, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, the Museum of Modern Art (MMK ), Frankfurt am Main, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York as well as art collection Nordrhein- Westfalen Dusseldorf.


  • 2012: Rio ( Music: Liam Gillick, 90 min. )
  • 2011: Chicago ( 68 min. )
  • 2010: Points on a Line ( music: Liam Gillick, 36 min. )
  • 2009: Beijing ( Music: Liam Gillick, 86 min. )
  • 2008: 1972 ( 38 min. )
  • 2002: Robert Towne (35 min. )
  • 2004: Los Angeles ( 26 min. )
  • 2002: Miami ( 28 min. )
  • 2001: Capital ( Washington, D.C. ) ( 18 min. )
  • 1999: AM / PM (Las Vegas ) ( 13 min. )
  • 1998: Midtown (New York) ( 9 min. )


" Art is an exploration process, I make pictures and movies, because I want to find out something. For me, art means constantly while conducting many interviews, film is one of the ways to do this. My works contain coordinates that identify a specific position that I have taken in relation to space and time. "