Sarah Sze (b. 1969)
Surprise Ending
triptych–oil, acrylic, acrylic polymers, ink, aluminum, diabond, and wood
overall: 80 x 100 x 3 in. (203.2 x 254 x 7.6 cm.)
Executed in 2020.
Donated by the artist

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Lot Essay

With a medley of intricately collaged forms and a kaleidoscopic understanding of color, internationally acclaimed artist Sarah Sze demonstrates a mastery of technique and materials in the mesmerizing new painting Surprise Ending. In a vigorous return to painting in recent years, Sze has used the medium to pursue a narrative related to
the shattering of time in contemporary experience. Her singular vision, which amalgamates everyday source imagery with highly refined aesthetic means, results in map like landscapes that mix the aleatory with the systematic, dislocating the viewer from any specific time or place while immersing them in a multitude of sensations.  Among her countless accolades, Sze was a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2005 and represented the U.S. in the 2013 Venice Biennale.
During 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, she installed the spectacular large-scale permanent sculptural commission Shorter Than the Day in the new Terminal 2 at La Guardia airport in New York.

To benefit Hopeland, a New York City nonprofit organization working to help vulnerable children without families. Sze is donating 100% of the proceeds of the sale of this work.  25 million children globally are growing up without a family, and 385 million more are at risk of separation. Hopeland works both domestically and internationally to keep vulnerable children front and center on the Global Agenda, from providing access for vulnerable young people to the technology that is mandatory for their success to focusing on the deleterious impact of the global pandemic with regard to exploitation, gender-based violence, financial hardship, and social exclusion and separation from caregivers.

"Understanding that the predicament of vulnerable or abandoned children is further impacted by the global pandemic must prompt us to take action. Sarah, who is a extraordinary artist and a dear friend of myself and Hugh, has supported Hopeland since its inception in the hope that vulnerable children can look forward to a life where they can feel safe and loved and where they can thrive creatively. I love the intersection of art and philanthropy whereby we can make the world a better place.”
– Deborra-lee Furness, Co-Founder of Hopeland

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