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Contemporary Art Society Virtual Talk and Annual Meeting: Inside the Stories—A Painting Is a Sculpture

Thursday, May 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

Join Emily Liebert, curator of contemporary art, as she discusses works featured in her story from storage. In particular, Liebert explains how artist Sarah Sze (b. 1969) has redefined the possibilities of sculpture and installation by integrating into these media elements of painting, photography, film, and language. A Q&A with Sze will follow.

Sarah Sze’s immersive works challenge the static nature of art. Her work questions the value society places on images and objects and how they both ascribe meaning to the places and times we inhabit. Widely recognized for expanding the boundaries between painting, sculpture, video, and installation, Sze’s work ranges from intimate paintings that collapse time and space to expansive installations that create complex constellations of materials and public works that scale walls and colonize architectures.

Sze was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003 and a Radcliffe Fellowship in 2005. In 2013, she represented the United States at the Venice Biennale. Her work is exhibited in museums worldwide and held in the permanent collections of prominent institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Tate Modern. Sze has created many public works, including pieces for the Seattle Opera House and New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and LaGuardia Airport. In 2021, Sze will unveil a new permanent commission for the Storm King Art Center, New York. 

All Contemporary Art Society members are invited to join the virtual annual meeting following the talk. 

Contemporary Art Society and Column & Stripe members will receive a digital invitation. This event will be hosted on Zoom; the event link and instructions will be provided to those who RSVP.

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