Milton Alum to Represent United States at 2013 Venice Biennale
Sarah Sze's infamous statue in Student Center
On February 23rd, Sarah Sze (Class of ’87) was chosen to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, a biannual art festival held in Venice, Italy that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and artist representatives from over 70 countries.
Largely regarded as one of the premier art festivals in the world, the Venice Biennale, set to take place during the latter half of 2013, awards the Golden Lion statuette to the artist who composes the best pavilion (art display) at the show that year. The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs choses the winner.
In 2013, Ms. Sze, probably best known to Milton students as the artist who created the whimsical sculpture that hangs over our heads in the Student Center, will represent the United States and contend for the coveted honor.
The New York Times describes Ms. Sze, a graduate of Yale College (Class of ’91) and the School of Visual Arts, New York (Class of ’97), as, (“the installation artist known for creating site-specific environments out of everyday objects, like toothpicks, sponges, light bulbs and plastic bottles”. Her work is currently on display at the Asia Society in New York and in a variety of parks throughout the city. Carey Lovelace, a critic and curator who recommended Ms. Sze represent the US at the international event, complimented the artist by deigning her art “sensitive to its surroundings.” Ms. Sze describes her own work as “a mix of stuff collected over time and all over the place,” giving the medium a message and story that becomes just as significant as the art itself.
Ms. Sze already has plans for the sculpture she will be creating for the Venice Biennale. She calls the piece planned installation “Triple Point.” Ms. Sze states that the work will be about “orientation and disorientation,” a piece of art that will attempt to bring “the inside out,” inspired, in part, by the city of Venice. Ms. Sze says she hopes to arrive a few months early to begin work and utilize local materials, craftsmen, and university students to create her installation. The project will be documented online as it develops via live web streaming on a website accessible through the Bronx Museum, the commissioning institution for the project.
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