About

The act of making a painting requires a leap of faith into the abyss. It is terrifying, and I never know where it will land, but the acceptance of the unknown and my inability to maintain ultimate control over the outcome is, for me, the only viable space in which to work. I attempt to maintain a dialogue with the world on the canvas. Each painting is similar to giving birth; I have given life to this thing, and I have the power to influence and shape it to some extent, yet ultimately must learn to listen and help it become what it needs to be. With each new mark I make, I am asking the painting to tell me where it wants to go.

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Sarah Sagarin is a New York City based painter. She approaches her work from a formal aspect, with process and problems of composition being the emphasis, and avoiding “concept” for as long as possible. However despite this approach, the content of her paintings is rich and far reaching, expanding well beyond the boundaries of formalistic concerns. Sarah’s paintings tell stories. The narrative and subject matter of each remains somewhat allusive, yet she pushes the door open just enough to give the viewer space to walk through. Though each painting is it’s own world, and the subject matter varies from the geo-political to the deeply personal, they are unified by Sarah’s self imposed structures of process and palette, and thus create a cohesive body of work. In each painting she is striving to find the tension between composition, concept, and context.

 

Sarah received her BFA from the University of Montana in 2000 with a dual emphasis is painting and ceramics, and her MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2003. Sarah’s paintings have been exhibited extensively in New York City, nationally, and internationally. Her work has been included in art fairs in  NYC and Japan and her paintings are housed in several private and public collections, including the University of Montana’s permanent collection and the Copelouzos Art Museum in Athens, Greece. She has taught painting, drawing, and composition classes in a variety of settings, including as a Post Graduate Teaching Fellow for NYAA’s MFA program. Sarah was a recipient of the Bronx Museum of the Arts 2017 AIM Fellowship, and she is the Director and a founding member of the South Bronx Independent Artists Coalition which hosts the annual South Bronx Open Studio Tour. Sarah was born in New York City in 1976.

 

Education

MFA New York Academy of Art 2003 Emphasis in Painting

BFA University of Montana 2000 Dual emphasis in Painting and Ceramics

Lorenzo de Medici Art Institute, Florence, Italy 1998 Painting and Art History

 

Director of the South Bronx Independent Artists Coalition,

a not for profit organization which works towards broadening and connecting our community. We unite, support, and promote South Bronx Artists with events and programming throughout the year.

www.southbronxartists.org

 

Recent Awards and Residencies

2021 Casa Lu, AIR, Mexico City, MX

2020 Copelouzos Family Art Museum 35 x 35 Project, Athens, Greece

2018 Chashama, ChaNorth, Summer Residency, Pine Plains, NY

2017 Con Artist Collective, AIR, Lower East Side, NYC 

2016 Joya: Arte + Ecología AIR, Vélez Blanco, Spain

2016 AIM Fellowship, Bronx Museum of the Arts

 

Solo Exhibitions

2022 RL Fine Arts, NYC (Upcoming) 

2021 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times, Clamp Light Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2017 Happenstance has changed my plans Governor's Island Art Fair/ 4heads Governors Island, NY

2015 Inherently Flawed; Disasters in the Making La Casa Gallery, Harlem, NYC

 

2-5 Person Exhibitions

2021 Cod Liver Oil and Orange Juice, Casa Lu, Mexico City, Mexico

2020 Realism, Reality, and Surreality, BronxArtSpace, Bronx NY

2018 Angst & Contempt; New Painting Pen & Brush, NYC

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022  Failings, Ejecta Projects, Carlisle, PA

2020 35x35 Project, Copelouzos Art museum, Athens Greece

          Postcards from the Pandemic, Beard and Weil Galleries at Wheaton College, Norton, MA

2019 Wheaton Biennial: Brush Coat Cover, Beard and Weil Galleries at Wheaton College, Norton, MA

          South Bronx Artists, Hellgate Arts, Bronx NY

          Feels Like a New Beginning, Chashama, One Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn NY

2018 Winter Residency Show Con Artists Collective, NYC

          South Bronx Artists 37 Bruckner, Bronx NY 

2017 HPGRP Gallery, Osaka, Japan

          Bronx Calling: AIM Biennial Bronx Museum of the Arts 

2016 Flesh & Bone II, Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC

          Osaka Art Fair, Osaka Japan (In partnership with HPGRP NYC)

          T.O.A.S.T One Art Space, TriBeCa, NYC

2015  XM Gallery, Crossmedia, Chelsea, NYC

          Black and White; Art Imagined in High Contrast, One Art Space, TriBeCa, NYC

          Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, TriBeCa, NYC

2014 Summer Salon, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Think Inside the Box, 58 Lispenard Gallery, TriBeCa, NYC 

2011 TriBeCa Ball, New York Academy of Art, TriBeCa, NYC 

2008 Salon de Refuses, Freddy's Bar, Brooklyn, NY

2007 Everyday Objects in Art; Works from the Permanent Collection, Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Missoula, MT

          Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

          Footprints, Grand Space, Brooklyn, NY

 

Panel Discussions and Artist Talks

2021  Open X-Files, Casa Lu, Mexico City, MX

2020  Realism, Reality, and Surreality, BronxArtSpace, Bronx NY

2018  Angst & Contempt; New Painting, Pen & Brush, Moderated by Rahsaan Gandy,

 

Reviews and Press

Artnet

Editors’ Picks: 13 Things to See in New York This Week

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/editors-picks-april-2-1247603

The Feminist Art Project

Exhibition - "Angst and Contempt: New Painting"\

https://feministartproject.rutgers.edu/calendar/view/6680/?return=event_id%3D2299%26action%3Dview%26end_date%3D2018-05-31%26start_date%3D2018-05-01

Mott Haven Herald

First South Bronx Open Studio tour shows off local talent

http://www.motthavenherald.com/2018/06/02/18406/

 

Washington Post

In the galleries: Bodies that are more than flesh and bone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/in-the-galleries-bodies-that-are-more-than-flesh-and-bone/2016/07/21/d2ef376a-4d1b-11e6-aa14-e0c1087f7583_story.html

 

Inherently Flawed; Disasters in the Making

Review by Julie Condon

http://www.lacasadearte.org/reviews/

 

The New York Times 

An Exhibition Notable for What’s Not There By Paul Berger 

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/18/nyregion/thecity/18cens.html

 

The New York Observer 

Atlantic Yards Without the Controversy By Matthew Scherman

http://observer.com/2007/02/atlantic-yards-without-the-controversy/

 

NY Arts Magazine 

Imagined Interiors Review by Jennifer Wroblewski

http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/?p=3545

 

The Brooklyn Paper 

Images the Brooklyn Public Library Doesn’t Want You to See

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/30/7/30_07librarycensorship.html