Sarah Charlesworth  (American, 1947-2013) 

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Sarah Charlesworth (American, 1947–2013) was an American Conceptual artist and photographer. She is considered part of The Pictures Generation, a group of artists working in New York in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Charlesworth was born in East Orange, NJ. She received her BA from Barnard College in 1969. Prior to that, she studied under Douglas Huebler (American, 1924–1997) at Bradford College. After completing her studies, she also studied briefly under the photographer Lisette Model (American, 1901–1983) at The New School. After college, she worked as a freelance photographer and became active in the New York City art scene.

In 1975, Charlesworth and fellow Conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth founded The Fox, a magazine dedicated to art theory. Then, in 1981, she co-founded BOMB magazine. In the 1970s, Charlesworth photographed the front pages of different newspapers, often focusing on the political and social issues of the day. It wasn’t until the 1990s that Charlesworth began to photograph actual objects.

Throughout her career, Charlesworth held various teaching positions at New York University, New York, NY; the School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, NY; and Hartford University, Hartford, CT.

Charlesworth's work was the subject of more than 40 solo exhibitions at institutions around the world, including the Centre d'art contemporain, Geneva (1977) and the Queens Museum of Art, New York (1992). Her work was also featured in the Whitney Biennial (1985) and the Venice Biennale (1986).

Charlesworth's work is included in the collections of many international museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; among others. Charlesworth received several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1976, 1980, and 1983) as well as from the New York State Creative Artists Public Service (1977), and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship Award for Visual Art (1995).

Charlesworth lived and worked in New York City and in Falls Village, CT. She died of a brain aneurysm on June 25, 2013 at the age of 66.

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Sarah Charlesworth, Tartan (set of 3 works)

 

Sarah Charlesworth
Tartan (set of 3 works)
1986

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Sarah Charlesworth, Available Light (Magical Room)

 

Sarah Charlesworth
Available Light (Magical Room)
2012

Baldwin Gallery
Sarah Charlesworth, Available Light (Studio Wall)

 

Sarah Charlesworth
Available Light (Studio Wall)
2012

Baldwin Gallery
Sarah Charlesworth, Available Light (Hourglass)

 

Sarah Charlesworth
Available Light (Hourglass)
2012

Baldwin Gallery
Sarah Charlesworth, Available Light (Half Bowl)

 

Sarah Charlesworth
Available Light (Half Bowl)
Baldwin Gallery
Sarah Charlesworth, Available Light (Half Ball)

 

Sarah Charlesworth
Available Light (Half Ball)
2012

Baldwin Gallery
Sarah Charlesworth, Available Light (Crystals)

 

Sarah Charlesworth
Available Light (Crystals)
2012

Baldwin Gallery
Sarah Charlesworth, Available Light (Carnival Ball)

 

Sarah Charlesworth
Available Light (Carnival Ball)
2012

Baldwin Gallery
Sarah Charlesworth, Available Light (Candle)

 

Sarah Charlesworth
Available Light (Candle)
2012

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Sarah Charlesworth, Red bowls

 

Sarah Charlesworth
Red bowls, 2005
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Sarah Charlesworth, Trial by fire

 

Sarah Charlesworth
Trial by fire, 1993
laminated cibachrome print

 

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Sarah Charlesworth, Work

 

Sarah Charlesworth
Work, 1987
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1947   Born East Orange, NJ
1969   Bachelor of Arts, Barnard College, New York, NY
2013   Died in Falls Village, CT
2006   Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; “Belief and Doubt” (4 August – 1 October) (solo)
2006   Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY; “The Other Side” (5 May – 30 June) (solo)
2006   Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; “Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Photography” (4 April- 15 October)
2006   Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; “75 Years of Collecting American Photography” (28 April – 31 July)
2006   Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY (10 January - 1 April)
2006   The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (27 May – 3 September)
2006   “The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974 -1984”, curated by Carlo McCormick in consultation with Lynne Gumpert and Marvin J. Taylor (cat.)
2006   Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Concrete Color (28 October – 25 November) (solo)
2005   Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Simple Text (Nov-Dec) (solo)
2005   Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY; “The Photograph in Question” (9 June – 29 July)
2005   Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ; “For Presentation and Display: Some Art of the 80s” curated by Johanna Burton and Hal Foster; (19 March – 12 June)
2005   Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland; “Covering the Real” (01 May- 21 August) (cat.)
2003   Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO; 0 + 1 (11 Feb. – 10 March) (solo)
2002   Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York; Neverland (22 Nov. – 22 Dec) (solo)
2000   Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NY; 0 + 1 (solo)
2000   Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; 0 + 1 (solo)
1997 - 1999   Site, Santa Fe, NM; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Sarah Charlesworth, A Retrospective, curated by Louis Grachos and Susan Fisher Sterling (cat.) (solo)
1998   Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Doubleworld (solo)
1998   Camera Obscura, S. Casciano dei Bagni, Italy (solo)
1996   Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Doubleworld (solo)