Sarah Morris: All Systems Fail


A grand retrospective of the artist’s extensive oeuvre


ISBN: 9783775754729 Category:


The Psycho-Geography of Our Urban Existence

Since the 1990s, artist and filmmaker Sarah Morris has created a body of work that has been inspired by her interest in the psychology of urban environments. Her complex abstractions, which derive their vivid colors from each city’s unique vocabulary and palette, trace the social and bureaucratic topologies of contemporary cities to reveal the architecturally encoded politics. In her films-a parallel practice intimately intertwined with her painting-Morris further explores the psycho-geography and the dynamic nature of cities in flux through multi-layered and fragmented narratives. She purposely leaves her work open for interpretation, conveying a heightened sense to the viewer of both our complicity in a larger system and an increasingly disorienting experience of modern urban existence. Featuring more than 60 paintings, including impressions of the 15 films to date, drawings, as well as an in-depth interview with the artist and two major essays, the catalogue offers the first comprehensive overview of Morris’s oeuvre.

Additional information

Weight 2216 g
Dimensions 25 x 29.6 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 22 September 2023
Number of pages 320
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Bettina Funcke, Asad Raza, and Christopher Bollen
Dimensions 25 x 29.6 cm
Weight 2216 g


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New York-based artist SARAH MORRIS (*1967, Sevenoaks/UK) is internationally known for her geometric abstractions and non-narrative films. Influenced by her degree in Philosophy and Semiotics at Brown University in 1989, she started to create paintings using bold text inspired by newspapers and advertisements. In the mid 1990s, she began to deconstruct architectural landscapes in order to explore concealed structures of power.