Selected works by Sara VanDerBeek

Sara VanDerBeek
A Different Kind Of Idol


Digital c-print

50.8 x 40.6 cm

Sara VanDerBeek is the first to acknowledge the influence of an artistic family: Stan VanDerBeek, her experimental, surrealist-inspired film-maker father, and Johannes VanDerBeek, her sculptor brother. All seem to share a lively curiosity, a spirit of inventiveness and idealism. So it is not surprising that VanDerBeek lists her concerns as “memory, experience, inspiration and influence”, resulting in assemblages of found images and objects which she photographs in her studio and presents in final form as framed photographic prints.

Sara VanDerBeek
Mrs. Washington’s Bedroom


Digital C-print

50.8 x 61 cm
Sara VanDerBeek
The Field-Glass


Digital c-print

40.6 x 50.8 cm
Sara VanDerBeek
Calder And Julia


Digital c-print

50.8 x 40.6 cm
Sara VanDerBeek


Digital c-print

40.6 x 50.8 cm

The assemblages themselves may include magazine pages, family snapshots, bits of fabric, string, rods, plaster casts, and so on. Calder and Brancusi make their spirits felt, while the sense of suspended animation and randomness echo the films of her father. The fragile constructions seem to be no more than momentary constellations – at any second they might blow away like leaves in the autumn wind. Neither Mrs Washington’s Bedroom nor The Field-Glass has any more solidity than a dream. Despite photography’s desperate attempt to nail them down, these will always be works in progress.

Sara VanDerBeek
The Principle Of Superimposition 2


Digital c-print

164 x 113 cm
Sara VanDerBeek
Four Photographers


Digital c-print

6 parts each 46 x 53 cm

Text by William A Ewing

Sara VanDerBeek's Biography

Born in 1976, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Lives and works in New York, NY


Sara VanDerBeek, Foundazione Memmo, Rome, Italy
The Approach, London, UK

Sara VanDerBeek, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA

Of Ruins and Light, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Sara VanDerBeek: To Think of Time, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, USA

The Principle of Superimposition, The approach E2, London

Mirror in the Sky D'Amelio Terras, New York


Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and Now, de Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, USA
Out of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
New York: Directions, Points of Interest, Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy

From the Recent Past: New Acquisitions, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

That Place: Selections from the Collection, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Haute Romantics, curated by Art Fag City, Verge Gallery, Sacramento, USA
Image Transfer, Curated by Sara Krajewski, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA
At Home-Not At Home: The Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg Collection, CCS Bard, Annandale-on-the-Hudson, New York, USA
Knight’s Move, Curated by Fionn Meade, SculptureCenter, Long Island Ciy, New York, USA
Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Curated by Jennifer Blessing and Nat Trotman, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; Guggenheim Museum, Bilboa (2010-2011) [cat.]
In a Paperweight, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago, USA
The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, Curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Projectspace 176 at the Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

The Reach of Realism, curated by Ruba Katrib, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, USA
See: Abstraction (disambiguation), Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
New Photography, Curated by Eva Respini, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Amazement Park: Stan, Sara and Johannes VanDerBeek, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, USA
1992009, D’Amelio Terras, New York, USA
On From Here, Guild & Greyshkul, New York, USA
Bivouac, Curated by Fionn Meade, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, USA
Phot(o)bjects, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, curated by Bob Nickas
Weird Beauty, International Center of Photography, New York, USA

Signs of the Times, Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Untitled (Vicarious): Photographing the Constructed Object, Gagosian Gallery New York, USA
Defining A Moment: 25 New York Artists, The House of Campari, New York, USA
Currents: Recent Acquisitions, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA
Past Forward, The Zabludowicz Collection, Project Space 176, London, UK
A New High in Getting Low, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA

I Am Eyebeam, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, curated by Melanie Schiff and Lorelei Stewart, Chicago, Illinois
A New High in Getting Low, Art Forum Berlin, curated by John Connelly, Berlin, Germany
The Line of Time and the Plane of Now, Harris Lieberman and Wallspace, New York

Museum 52, London
Strange Magic, Luhring Augustine, New York

Radiant City, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles

Curacion Geometrica, The Reliance, London

Galerie Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, Denmark

Blood Meridian, curated by David Hunt, Michael Janssen Galerie, Berlin
To Build A Fire, curated by Yuri Masnyj, Rivington Arms, New York

Cosmologies, James Cohan Gallery, New York

Dice Thrown (Will Never Annul Chance), Bellwether, New York

Thin Walls, curated by Sara Greenberger, Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

History Lesson 3, curated by Monica Moran, Gavin Brown's Passerby, New York

Psychic Reality, Bellwhether Gallery, New York

The General's Ja`mboree, Guild & Greyshkul, New York

Guild & Greyshkul at Placemaker Gallery, Miami, Florida

Downtown for Democracy, Phillips, New York
Central Park: An Exclusive Photography Exhibition and Event, curated by Vanina Holasek, The Central Park Arsenal, New York
The Vice Photography Show, Seize Sur Vingt, New York

Benefit Show and Auction, Gale Gates Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Show, Xcin, Los Angeles, California
Last Night, Last Weekend, Rivington Arms Gallery, New York

An Exhibition of Young Artists, Sotheby's, New York
Move Eight, Chance Operations Gallery, Denver, Colorado

NATO Arts, New York