Basel Obsession 4: Sarah Morris

So, it may seem like a complete contradiction that I am able to love neutral, black and white art just as much as I love bright, boldly-colored art. But I do, and artist Sarah Morris falls into the second category. The painter and filmmaker is known for her complex abstractions, which play with architecture and the psychology of urban environments. Morris executes her city-based paintings in household gloss on square canvases, employing rigorous, all-over grids in vivid colours that reference architectural motifs, signs or urban vistas. Morris associates these colors and geometries with a city’s unique vocabulary and palette, and, most importantly, its dynamic.

It was hard to miss her works featured by numerous galleries – including Petzel Gallery and White Cube – at Miami Art Basel, as the eye-catching pieces were often displayed on the exterior booth walls. And it’s no wonder – the artist has participated in many important exhibitions including 4th Site Santa Fe Biennial (2001), 25th São Paolo Biennial (2002) and ‘Days Like These’, Tate Triennial (2003), and has head numerous solo and group shows around the world. They may cost tens of thousands of dollars… but she has an amazing print selling right now on Artspace.com for just $750 with proceeds benefiting Lincoln Center. Get shopping!

@art basel miami beach

Spotted @ Art Basel Miami beach

@ Art Basel Miami Beach

Spotted @ Art Basel Miami Beach (and clearly photographed by me)

Total Lunar Eclipse, 2012; 19.69" x 19.69"; edition of 108; available @ Artspace.com

Total Lunar Eclipse, 2012; 19.69″ x 19.69″; edition of 108; available @ Artspace.com

Potomac Parkway [Capital], 2001; gloss household paint on canvas; 84.25 x 84.25 in

Potomac Parkway [Capital], 2001; gloss household paint on canvas; 84.25 x 84.25 in

Doublesheet Bend [Knots] , 2009; Household gloss paint on canvas;84.25 x 84.25 in

Doublesheet Bend [Knots] , 2009; Household gloss paint on canvas;
84.25 x 84.25 in. @ Petzel Gallery

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