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Sarah Crowner
Sarah Crowner
Sun, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
78 x 60 inches
(198.12 x 152.4 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Sun, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
78 x 60 inches
(198.12 x 152.4 cm)

Sarah Crowner explores the spaces where geometry abuts gesture, materiality merges with composition, and the graphic confronts the handmade. Incorporating two- and three-dimensional works across a variety of media (painting, sculpture, installation, and set design), Crowner’s work points to an expanded field of painting, investigating the relationship between the element and the whole, and how parts build an entirety. Her sewn canvases initially appear pristine in their geometry; however closer inspection reveals the various slippages, imprints, and nuances of hand-painted surfaces constructed from separate yet related elements. Evident in Crowner’s paintings is her deep knowledge and involvement with tile: much like mosaics are created from the interplay of several tiles, her abstract canvases are constructed with individual pieces of canvas, which fused together make a whole that is far more tactile and active than may be apparent in their initial cool, elegant appearance.

Architecture and space are as significant to Crowner’s practice as is painting. Her tiled platforms, stone sculptures, and site-specific wall pieces transform spaces into three-dimensional experiences in which the viewer processes the environment as one autonomous artwork. Her patterns, drawn equally from the natural world and historic sources, create an entryway between the art object and the context, enabling the viewer to literally step inside her work. Crowner has also created set designs for dance and theatrical performance, which further underscore her desire and ability to envelop the viewer in her vision, and blur distinctions between various media and scales.

Sarah Crowner
Underwater Moonlight, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
70 x 79 inches
(177.8 x 200.7 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Underwater Moonlight, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
70 x 79 inches
(177.8 x 200.7 cm)

Sarah Crowner was born in Philadelphia in 1974. She earned a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1996 and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York in 2002. In 2016, Crowner was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA; a major monograph was produced on the occasion of that exhibition. Crowner’s work has also been featured in a number of group exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial 2010, New York; Abstract Generation: Now in Print, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); Excursus IV: Primary Information, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2013); Painter Painter, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2013); Conversation Piece, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2014); and the Carnegie International Exhibition, 57th Edition (2018). Upcoming solo exhibitions in 2022 include the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX and the Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico. Her work is in the collection of major international institutions including Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; The Contemporary Austin, TX; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; and Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN.

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Sarah Crowner
Reclining Forms, Open and Closed, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
90 x 70 inches
(228.6 x 177.8 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Reclining Forms, Open and Closed, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
90 x 70 inches
(228.6 x 177.8 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Another Green World, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
78 x 72 inches
(198.1 x 182.9 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Another Green World, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
78 x 72 inches
(198.1 x 182.9 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Lovers Up and Down, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
2 panels, Each: 80 x 30 inches (203.2 x 76.2 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Lovers Up and Down, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
2 panels, Each: 80 x 30 inches (203.2 x 76.2 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Scene from Garden Blue, 2018
American Ballet Theater, New York
Sets and costumes by Sarah Crowner, choreographed by Jessica Lang
Photo by Rosalie O'Connor; Courtesy of American Ballet Theatre.

Sarah Crowner
Scene from Garden Blue, 2018
American Ballet Theater, New York
Sets and costumes by Sarah Crowner, choreographed by Jessica Lang
Photo by Rosalie O'Connor; Courtesy of American Ballet Theatre.

Sarah Crowner
Lovers Up and Down, Blues, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
80 x 84 inches
(203.2 x 213.4 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Lovers Up and Down, Blues, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
80 x 84 inches
(203.2 x 213.4 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Spring, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
86 x 92 inches
(218.4 x 233.7 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Spring, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
86 x 92 inches
(218.4 x 233.7 cm)

Sarah Crowner
An Ocean Between the Waves, 2021
Acylic on canvas, sewn
114 x 76 inches
(289.6 x 193 cm)

Sarah Crowner
An Ocean Between the Waves, 2021
Acylic on canvas, sewn
114 x 76 inches
(289.6 x 193 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Ceiling (Stretched Pentagons), 2022
Glazed terracotta tiles, plywood, aluminum, mortar, grout
Dimensions variable
Valhalla at Punta Mita, Mexico
Architecture by Tatiana Bilbao Studio
Photography by Luis Gallardo / LGM Studio Mexico City

Sarah Crowner
Ceiling (Stretched Pentagons), 2022
Glazed terracotta tiles, plywood, aluminum, mortar, grout
Dimensions variable
Valhalla at Punta Mita, Mexico
Architecture by Tatiana Bilbao Studio
Photography by Luis Gallardo / LGM Studio Mexico City

Sarah Crowner
Sliced Dusk (Lilacs, Greens), 2018
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
84 x 70 inches
(213.4 x 177.8 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Sliced Dusk (Lilacs, Greens), 2018
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
84 x 70 inches
(213.4 x 177.8 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Split Tiger (after PR), 2019
Paint and silkscreen on paper
39 x 30 inches
(99.1 x 76.2 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Split Tiger (after PR), 2019
Paint and silkscreen on paper
39 x 30 inches
(99.1 x 76.2 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Night Painting with Verticals, 2020
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
72 x 208 inches
(182.9 x 528.32 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Night Painting with Verticals, 2020
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
72 x 208 inches
(182.9 x 528.32 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Wall (Wavy Arrow Terracotta), 2018
Glazed terracotta tiles, plywood, aluminum, mortar, grout
Dimensions variable

Sarah Crowner
Wall (Wavy Arrow Terracotta), 2018
Glazed terracotta tiles, plywood, aluminum, mortar, grout
Dimensions variable

Sarah Crowner
Night Blooming, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
65 x 98 inches
(165 x 249 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Night Blooming, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
65 x 98 inches
(165 x 249 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Wall (Hot Blue Terracotta), 2014-16
Glazed terracotta tiles, plywood, aluminum, mortar, grout
120 x 240 inches
(304.8 x 609.6 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Wall (Hot Blue Terracotta), 2014-16
Glazed terracotta tiles, plywood, aluminum, mortar, grout
120 x 240 inches
(304.8 x 609.6 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Falling Black Shapes, Yellow and Lilac, 2019
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
84 x 60 inches
(213.4 x 152.4 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Falling Black Shapes, Yellow and Lilac, 2019
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
84 x 60 inches
(213.4 x 152.4 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Balancing Shapes (Lilac, Green, Black), 2019
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
86 x 72 inches
(218.4 x 182.9 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Balancing Shapes (Lilac, Green, Black), 2019
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
86 x 72 inches
(218.4 x 182.9 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Untitled (Swimming Pool), 2018
Mixed tiles
Dimensions variable
Courtesy Funcacion Proal, Veracruz, Mexico
Photo: Alex Barrios

Sarah Crowner
Untitled (Swimming Pool), 2018
Mixed tiles
Dimensions variable
Courtesy Funcacion Proal, Veracruz, Mexico
Photo: Alex Barrios

Sarah Crowner
Sun, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
78 x 60 inches
(198.12 x 152.4 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Sun, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
78 x 60 inches
(198.12 x 152.4 cm)

Sarah Crowner
Reclining Forms, Open and Closed, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
90 x 70 inches
(228.6 x 177.8 cm)
Sarah Crowner
Another Green World, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
78 x 72 inches
(198.1 x 182.9 cm)
Sarah Crowner
Lovers Up and Down, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
2 panels, Each: 80 x 30 inches (203.2 x 76.2 cm)
Sarah Crowner
Scene from Garden Blue, 2018
American Ballet Theater, New York
Sets and costumes by Sarah Crowner, choreographed by Jessica Lang
Photo by Rosalie O'Connor; Courtesy of American Ballet Theatre.
Sarah Crowner
Lovers Up and Down, Blues, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
80 x 84 inches
(203.2 x 213.4 cm)
Sarah Crowner
Spring, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
86 x 92 inches
(218.4 x 233.7 cm)
Sarah Crowner
An Ocean Between the Waves, 2021
Acylic on canvas, sewn
114 x 76 inches
(289.6 x 193 cm)
Sarah Crowner
Ceiling (Stretched Pentagons), 2022
Glazed terracotta tiles, plywood, aluminum, mortar, grout
Dimensions variable
Valhalla at Punta Mita, Mexico
Architecture by Tatiana Bilbao Studio
Photography by Luis Gallardo / LGM Studio Mexico City
Sarah Crowner
Sliced Dusk (Lilacs, Greens), 2018
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
84 x 70 inches
(213.4 x 177.8 cm)
Sarah Crowner
Split Tiger (after PR), 2019
Paint and silkscreen on paper
39 x 30 inches
(99.1 x 76.2 cm)
Sarah Crowner
Night Painting with Verticals, 2020
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
72 x 208 inches
(182.9 x 528.32 cm)
Sarah Crowner
Wall (Wavy Arrow Terracotta), 2018
Glazed terracotta tiles, plywood, aluminum, mortar, grout
Dimensions variable
Sarah Crowner
Night Blooming, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
65 x 98 inches
(165 x 249 cm)
Sarah Crowner
Wall (Hot Blue Terracotta), 2014-16
Glazed terracotta tiles, plywood, aluminum, mortar, grout
120 x 240 inches
(304.8 x 609.6 cm)
Sarah Crowner
Falling Black Shapes, Yellow and Lilac, 2019
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
84 x 60 inches
(213.4 x 152.4 cm)
Sarah Crowner
Balancing Shapes (Lilac, Green, Black), 2019
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
86 x 72 inches
(218.4 x 182.9 cm)
Sarah Crowner
Untitled (Swimming Pool), 2018
Mixed tiles
Dimensions variable
Courtesy Funcacion Proal, Veracruz, Mexico
Photo: Alex Barrios
Sarah Crowner
Sun, 2021
Acrylic on canvas, sewn
78 x 60 inches
(198.12 x 152.4 cm)

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