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Sarah Sze

Notepad
2008

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Date
2008

Classification
Prints

Medium
Offset lithograph on laser-cut paper and board

Dimensions
Overall: 22 1/2 × 11 × 8in. (57.2 × 27.9 × 20.3 cm)

Accession number
2008.299

Edition
24/40

Publication
Printed and published by LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies

Credit line
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Print Committee

Rights and reproductions
© Sarah Sze

In her objects and installations, Sarah Sze has incorporated, (among hundreds of other items), toothpicks, aspirin tablets, plastic utensils, candy, and matchsticks. She transforms these most pedestrian of materials into complex, imaginative, three-dimensional arrangements both large and small. This sculpture is formed out of what looks to be an ordinary legal notepad tacked to the wall. Several of its pages are unfurled, spooling upward and outward, and dozens of rows of rectangular apertures have been meticulously incised and cut out of it. Notepad is a self-contained structure, but it also evokes other devices and constructions: its upper region resembles an abacus, while the lower configuration looks like a building surrounded by catwalks and fire escapes. The sculpture succinctly embodies the paradox at the heart of Sze’s works: they are intimately linked to the real world—and yet are also distinct, self-sufficient environments unto themselves.  



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