press release

Over the course of a 40-year career, American artist Sarah Charlesworth (1947–2013) investigated pivotal questions about the role of images in our culture. Her influential body of work deconstructed the conventions of photography and illuminated the medium's importance in mediating our perception of the world. The exhibition at the New Museum will bring together a selection of over 50 works from the scope of Charlesworth's career, including her series "Modern History" (1977–79), which pioneered photographic appropriation; the poignant series "Stills" (1980), 14 large-scale works that depict people falling or jumping off buildings, which will be shown in its entirety in New York for the first time; the alluring and exacting "Objects of Desire" (1983–88); "Doubleworld" (1995), which probes the fetishism of vision in premodern art; and her radiant last series, "Available Light" (2012). This will be the first major museum survey in New York of the artist's work, encompassing an innovative career that has taken on shifting significance with time as it continues to inspire contemporary artists drawing from our increasingly image-saturated culture. The exhibition is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director, and Margot Norton, Associate Curator. The "Stills" series is presented in association with the Art Institute of Chicago.