Sara VanDerBeek was born in Baltimore in 1976 and graduated from Cooper Union in 1998. Her practice, which includes photography, sculpture, assemblage, and interdisciplinary works, approaches the breadth of civilization with an intimate immediacy. Whether created in her studio or in her travels to urban areas that have undergone dramatic transformation, her compositions frame the contemporary world within the continuum of history.
VanDerBeek has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; The Baltimore Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Fondazione Memmo, Rome; and Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. Her work has been included in group shows at the Kunsthalle Berlin; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Morgan Library and Museum, New York; Saatchi Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2016, Hatje Cantz will publish an extensive monograph on VanDerBeek’s practice.