New York-based artist Sarah Oppenheimer is known for her spectacular architectural interventions with which she surprises the visitors of galleries, museums and art fairs. D-33 is Sarah Oppenheimer’smost recent piece. It transforms the exhibition space of the gallery P.P.O.W. in New York City by using aluminum, glass, light, and the existing architecture. Oppenheimer’s installation links the six discreet rooms of the gallery, playing with the visual and physical distance experienced by the viewer. This video provides you with an exhibition walk-through on the opening night, and Sarah Oppenheimer explains the concept of the work.
On September 28, 2012, there’s a panel at P.P.O.W. in conjunction with D-33 by Sarah Oppenheimer. The panel, which will explore the potential of a typology of architectural absence is called Typology of Void. The panelists are Nana Last, David Reinfurt, and Sarah Oppenheimer. It will be moderated by Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss.
In late November 2012 another architectural intervention of Sarah Oppenheimer will open at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Upcoming exhibits include solo shows at the Wall House in the Netherlands; Duve Berlin, Germany, and Site Sante Fe, New Mexico.
Sarah Oppenheimer: D-33 at P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York. Opening reception and interview, September 1, 2012. For more videos about Sarah Oppenheimer go to Sarah Oppenheimer at VernissageTV.
For her exhibition at von Bartha Garage in Basel, Switzerland, New York-based artist Sarah Oppenheimer created a new site-specific work. Last year, Sarah Oppenheimer presented a huge installation for Art Unlimited. This year, she conceived a work specifically for the gallery’s unique Garage space, a former 700 sqm car repair shop.
Sarah Oppenheimer received a B.A. from Brown University in 1995 and an M.F.A. in painting from Yale University in 1999. Her work has been exhibited at such venues as the Drawing Center, the Sculpture Center, the Queens Museum, Skulpturens Hus (Stockholm), the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Mattress Factory among others. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship 2007, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art 2007, and a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Fellowship 2003.
Sarah Oppenheimer, von Bartha Garage gallery, Basel / Switzerland. Opening reception, June 5, 2010.
Sarah Oppenheimer’s VP-41 is a periscope embedded within a particular architecture. The periscope itself is constructed out of bent plywood and two mirrors. From the exterior of the structure, the viewer gazes through a double aperture. The lower aperture reflects into an interior elevated room, the upper aperture extends the line of sight through the booth and into the adjacent booths. On the opposite side, other visitors return the viewer’s gaze.
In this video, Sarah Oppenheimer explains how the piece works, and the gallerists Stefan von Bartha and Alexander Duve talk about the challenges to produce art works for the Unlimited sector of Art Basel.
For more information on Sarah Oppenheimer’s work see also VernissageTV’s documentation of her Artist Talk at the American Academy in Berlin on October 30, 2008, and the coverage of the opening of her exhibition at Duve Berlin on October 31, 2009.
Sarah Oppenheimer: VP-41 / Art Unlimited, Art 40 Basel 2009 art fair. June 10. 2009.
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Art Basel’s Art Unlimited exhibition is the art fair’s sector for large sculptures, and installation and video art. In the first part of our exhibition walkthrough we had a look at works by Elisabetta Benassi, Yoshitomo Nara, Beat Zoderer, Sislej Xhafa, Ayse Erkmen, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Fabrice Gygi, Surdashan Shetty, Farhad Moshiri, Jesús Fafael Soto, Sterling Ruby, Laurence Weiner, Franz Erhard Walter, Steven Shearer, Nedko Solakov, :Mentalklinik, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Stephan Balkenhol, and Matthew Day Jackson. In this part, there’s the works of Gabriele di Matteo, Li Dafang, Willem Boshoff, David Shrigley, Marcel van Eeden, Mel Bochner, Anthony McCall, Sigmar Polke, Steven Shearer, Lawrence Weiner, Goran Petercol, Aernout Mik, Stephan Balkenhol, Tatjana Doll, Chen Zhen, Natalie Djurberg, Sarah Oppenheimer, Bharti Kher, Falke Pisano, Clegg & Guttmann, Banks Violette, and Hans op de Beeck.
The Public Art Projects feature works by Mark Handforth, Jeppe Hein, Valentin Carron, General Idea, John McCracken, Mathieu Mercier, and Ken Price. Art 40 Basel, Art Unlimited sector. Impressions from the preview. Basel, June 8, 2009.