Sarah Morris, Metropolis | 38 St Marks Edition Portfolio


Sarah Morris’s work engages with the possibilities that painting and film generate in dialogue with place, politics and the city. She uses collective, social and bureaucratic systems as material to implicate occluded systems of control. Also at play are allusions to film and popular culture, bold graphic forms, and a distinct color sensibility. With its title referencing Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece, Metropolis is composed of six rectangular blocks that emerge from a dark ground, each divided by rhythmically flickering interior rectangles, suggesting the urban space of the title. A crowd of perfect circles spills down to the work’s edge, growing larger as they bounce out.

Sarah Morris (b. 1967) lives and works in New York. She received a B.A. from Brown University in 1989 and studied in the Whitney Independent Study Program in 1989-90. Recent solo exhibitions include Fall Never Breaks at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2016); Mechanical Ballet at Musée National Fernand Léger, Biot (2012); Gemini Dressage at Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2009); and Black Beetle at Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2008). Currently, her work is featured in the group exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Sarah Morris
Silkscreen on Coventry Rag Paper
24 x 24 in.
Edition of 38
Signed and Numbered

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