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Sarah Crowner’s diverse art practice ranges from paintings and ceramics to sculptures and theater curtains.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1996 and a Masters of Fine Arts from Hunter College, City University of New York in 2002. She also attended École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France.

Crowner creates paintings by sewing together angular pieces of already painted canvas and linen, revealing the painting’s composition and construction simultaneously. The stitched seams are visible, reflecting an interest in production and reproduction. These seams and the forms they create are reminiscent of hard-edge paintings of the 1960s. In an interview with the New York Observer, Crowner states, “sewing made sense at first because it was a way of cutting up, collaging, reorganizing and re-constructing in a practical way.”

In recent years, Crowner has exhibited her paintings in conjunction with ceramic tile murals and floor installations. Each individual stitched and painted fragment of canvas and each hand-crafted tile is a unique element, contributing to a greater whole. Her work draws attention to the surrounding context, from the painted walls, brick patterns, concrete floor or plate glass windows. These dynamic three-dimensional abstractions seductively speak of connection, opposition, separation, hierarchy, transition and assimilation. Witty, playful and optimistic, Sarah Crowner’s investment in materials and use of color as form deliberately seduce the viewer, evoking desire and reflecting her interest in how painting can engage the body and mind.  

Crowner was awarded the 2019-2020 Rome Prize in the visual art category by the American Academy in Rome. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Born 1974, Philadelphia, PA.  Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION

2002                        
MFA, Hunter College City University of New York, New York                    
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, France

1996                         
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2020
Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, Italy

2019
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva, FL

2007/2008          
Artist in Residence, Ceramics Department, Hunter College City University of New York, NY

2008                       
Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos, Greece

1999                         
ARCO: Centro de Art Communication Visual, Lisbon, Portugal

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Post Jacaranda, Galerie Nordenhake, Mexico City, Mexico
Paintings for the Stage, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
Three Concrete Sculptures, Los Angeles, CA 

2018                         
Weeds, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY

2016                         
Sarah Crowner/ Tutsi Baskets, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Plastic Memory, Simon Lee Gallery, London
Beetle in the Leaves, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

2015                         
Everywhere the Line is Looser, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY (cat.)

2014                         
Interiores, Travesia Cuatro, Guadalajara, Mexico
Motifs, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels
The Wave, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY

2012                         
Geometric Park, SAKS Galerie, Geneva, Switzerland
Rehearsal, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden

2011                         
Acrobat, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY
Ballet Plastique, Catherine Bastide, Brussels
Zig Zags and Curves, Helena Papadopoulos, Athens, Greece

2009                       
Paintings and Pots, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY

2008                       
Handbuilt Vessels, Nice + Fit Gallery, Berlin, Germany (cat.)

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2014                         
Sunday in the Park, organized with Sari Carel and Exile Books, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

2013                         
Larry Bell and Sarah Crowner Meet Marlow Moss, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2008                        
Ceramics and Other Things, with Paulina Olowska, DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020
To Be Determined, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Sculpture, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA
Painting, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA

2019
Abstract, Representational, and so forth, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA 
Notebook, 56 Henry, New York, NY

2018                         
Carnegie International 57th Edition, 2018, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Hinge Picture, Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), New Orleans, LA
Clay Bodies: Moving Through Ceramics, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC), Louisville, KY
Painting/Object: Sarah Crowner, N. Dash, Sam Moyer, Julia Rommel, Erin Shirreff, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Hog’s Curve, Halsey McKay, New York, NY
Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

2017                         
5KV / 5 Years of Art and Design in Kvalitář Gallery, Kvalitář Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Für Barbara, Hall Art Foundation, Derneburg, Germany
Mauvaises Herbes: Sarah Crowner, Caitlin Keogh, Paulina Olowska, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
You Should Be An Artist, Catherine Bastide, Brussels
The Centre Cannot Hold, Near East, Istanbul, Turkey
Salon Hang, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, Netherlands
99 Cents or Less, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

2016                         
If Only Bella Abzug Were Here, Marc Straus, New York, NY
We Are Not Things, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York, NY       

2015                         
Surface Tension, The Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY
Faux Amis, Simon Lee, London, United Kingdom
Space Between, The Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY
Repetition and Difference, Jewish Museum, New York, NY

2014                         
Conversation Piece, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
From Pre-History to Post-Everything, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

2013                         
Painter Painter, Walker Art Center, curated by Eric Crosby and Bartholomew Ryan, Minneapolis, MN
Pathfinder: And to End, -1, curated by Arlène Berceliot Courtin, Paris, France
Work, Organized by Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY
DNA: Strands of Abstraction, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, NY
Experienz #2, WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels
Edge, Order, Rupture: Geometric Abstraction, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
Questioning the canvas, Geukens & De Vil, Knokke, Belgium
Excursus IV: Primary Information, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Splendor Tkaniny, Zacheta National Museum of Art, Warsaw, Poland
Abstract Generation: Now in Print, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Beyond the Object, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

2012                         
a gathering, Athens Festival, Athens, Greece
Surface in Volume, Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy
Material Occupation, University Art Museum, University at Albany, Albany, NY (cat.)

2011                          
WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THERE IS CURRENTLY NO SPACE OR PLACE FOR ABSTRACT PAINTING, Martos Gallery, New York, NY
New Shadow Old Legs, Eleven Rivington, New York, NY
Paying A Visit to Mary Part 2, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2010                        
Peter Saville’s ‘Accessory to an Artwork,’ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY
Creeds, Colors and Combinations, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY
Owl Stretching Time, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany

2010                        
Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, curated by Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari, New York, NY (cat.)

2009                       
Looking Back: The White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York, NY
For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there, curated by Anthony Huberman, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; ICA, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; de Appel, Amsterdam; Culturgest, Lisbon
Cave Painting: Installment #1, curated by Bob Nickas, Gresham’s Ghost, New York, NY
Sarah Crowner and Yiannis Moralis: Conversations Part I, Nice + Fit Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2008                       
Opportunity as Community: Artists Select Artists, Part Two; Dieu Donne, New York, NY

SPECIAL PROJECTS

2018                         
American Ballet Theatre, New York, NY

2017                         
Commission, The Wright restaurant, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

2011/2014             
VIDAS PERFECTAS, The Irondale Center, Brooklyn, NY; The Serpentine Gallery, London; Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Carnegie Museums, Pittsburgh, PA
The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA