Late Nights at the Whitney
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"Putting Memories to New Use"
--The New York Times
Sara VanDerBeek's quiet semi-abstract photographs are based predominantly on sculptural forms created by the artist. In the past, she has collected pictures from various sources, including art history books, archives, magazines, and newspapers, incorporating them into sculptures that are made only to be photographed in the artist's studio. (After being photographed, the sculptures are immediately dismantled, and VanDerBeek's pictures provide the only remaining evidence of the temporary structure.) In her work on view in this exhibition, VanDerBeek continues this practice, yet she couples it with ventures outside the studio as she meditates on the nature of time as both a personal and collective condition.
Sara VanDerBeek is organized by senior curatorial assistant Tina Kukielski.