Sarah Morris
2018.3.24 - 2018.6.17
Great Hall
  • About

Sarah Morris works in the parallel mediums of painting and film, using both to explore what she has called “urban, social, and bureaucratic typologies.” Her paintings, allover geometric compositions executed in household gloss paint, refer to motifs, palettes, and rhythms of global cities; her fourteen films in turn offer non-narrative portraits of cities that emerge through rigorous editing of their architectures, protagonists, and processes. This exhibition offers the first complete presentation of Morris’s filmic output anywhere in the world, shown here in a sequence of custom-built spaces arrayed throughout the former factory chamber of UCCA’s Great Hall and framed by a cycle of monumental new wall paintings. It is presented exactly twenty years after she shot her first film, Midtown (1998) in her home city of New York, and ten years after she filmed Beijing, with the exclusive permission of the International Olympic Committee, during the 2008 Games. Taken together, the films, which focus on cities from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles, from Paris to Hamburg, and from Rio de Janeiro to Abu Dhabi, capture and comment on the massive economic and geopolitical transformations that have unfolded during the first two decades of the twenty-first century.

About the Artist

Sarah Morris (b. 1967, England, lives and works in New York) has presented solo exhibitions at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (Finland, 2017); Kunsthalle Wien (2016); Kunsthalle Bremen (2013); M-Museum Leuven (2015); Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio, 2012); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Dusseldorf, 2010); Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt, 2009); Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (2009); Lenbachhaus (Munich, 2008); Fondation Beyeler (Basel, 2008); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2006); Kestner Gesellschaft (Hannover, 2005); Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2005); Moderna Museet (Stockholm, 2005); Kunstforeningen (Copenhagen, 2004); Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, 2001); Kunsthalle Zürich (2000); and Modern Art Oxford (1999). Her work has also been included in the São Paulo Biennial (2002) and the Tate Triennial (2003), and has been collected by museums including Centre Pompidou; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; MoMA; Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt); Neue Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin); Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Tate Modern.