Biennale

Venice Biennale Artist Sarah Sze’s Career Highlights (PHOTOS)

Artist Sarah Sze debuts an ambitious installation at the Venice Biennale this week. See her career highlights.

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Suki Dhanda

The 55th Venice Biennale, which kicks off this week and is open to the public from June 1 to November 24, brings together artistic talent from around the world. Representing the United States this year is the 44-year-old dynamo Sarah Sze, who debuts Triple Point, a site-specific installation that brings the neo-Palladian Delano & Aldrich building to life. Inside the building’s rotunda, she has created several labyrinthine structures—including makeshift models and mobiles—which transform the space into her own, strange laboratory. Triple Point refers to the law of thermodynamics in which all three phases of a substance—gas, liquid, and solid—can exist in perfect equilibrium, and she illustrates the idea using everything from large rocks to quotidian items such as water bottles and lamps. To that effect, Sze’s work is a commentary on equilibrium and the inherently fragile nature of it. From her Biennale work to Corner Plot (2006), in which she re-created an apartment in 785 Fifth Avenue visible through a tiny window in an outdoor sculpture, see highlights of Sze's career.

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Triple Point (Pendulum) (2013)

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Triple Point (Gleaner) (2013)

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Triple Point (Eclipse) (2013)

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Triple Point (Scale) (2013)

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Triple Point (Observatory) (2013)

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Triple Point (Planetarium) (2013)

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Sarah Sze

Sarah Sze

Still Life With Landscape (Model for a Habitat) (2011)

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The Untouchables (Encyclopedia) (2010)

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Just Now Dangled Still (2008)

Keizo Kioku

Untitled (Tokyo) (2008)

Helene Toresdotter

Tilting Planet (2006)

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Corner Plot (2006)