Sarah Braman

In Spite of Ourselves

November 17 – December 22, 2017

Sarah Braman widely recognized for her large-scale sculptures that serve as monuments to everyday life, is interested in the interplay between sensory experience and emotional resonance. In creating her precariously balanced sculptures, Braman combines elements from scrap-yard vehicles, old buildings, or antique furniture with translucent volumes of color and light. The artist’s distinctive color palette of, rich pinks, blues, and purples permeates the space, from spray paint on found objects and hand-dyed fabric to the expansive nature of the glass forms. In their formal construction, her works relate to the legacies of minimalism and color-field painting. Defying a narrow modernist definition, Braman’s works suggest themes of home, family, and nature, with their joyful immersion in lived experience and emotional life.

Sarah Braman was born in 1970 in Tonawanda, New York. She currently lives and works between New York and Amherst, Massachusetts. Braman received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Solo exhibitions include You Are Everything, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY (2016); Sarah Braman: Alive, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (2013-14); and Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, Italy (2011). Braman has also participated in group exhibitions at Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland (2016); The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (2015) and The Saatchi Gallery, London (2010).
Braman is one of the founders of artist-run gallery Canada in New York.
In 2013, she was the recipient of the Maud Morgan Prize from MFA, Boston.


1970 born in Tonawanda, NY, USA
1992 BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
1998 MFA, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  lives and works in Amherst, MA, USA

Public Collections

Lumber Room, Portland, USA
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Zabludowicz Collection, London, Großbritannien

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2018 True Blue Mirror, with Ellen Berkenblit, Mc Evoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2017 In Spite of Ourselves, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Germany
Here, Malborough Contemporary, London, UK
2016 You Are Everything, Mitchell-Ines & Nash, NY
2014 Sarah Braman: Alive, in conjunction with the Maud Prize 2013, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2013 Sarah Braman and Wallace Whitney, American Contemporary, New York, NY
2012 Sarah Braman, China Art Objects, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Yours, Mitchell-Ines & Nash, New York, NY
Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, Italy
2010 April Trip, Museum 52, New York, NY
Indian Summer, Le Confort Moderne, Institute d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
Sarah Braman & Peter Alexander, Franklin Parrasch, New York, NY
2009 Armory Fair, New York, NY
2008 Love Songs, Museum 52, New York, NY
Sarah Braman & Joel Shapiro, Andrea Rosen, New York, NY
2007 Sarah Braman with Joe Bradley, Dicksmith Gallery, London, England
2003 Touching Fantasy Through Color, Sarah Braman and Brian Belott, CANADA, New York
2002 Sarah Braman, CANADA, New York, NY
2000 Crystal Show, CANADA, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibtions

2019 The Autotopographers, John Michael Kohler Arts Centre, Sheboygan, WI
2018 Housewarming, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY
Light in the Age of Darkness, Depart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Cross Town Contemporary Art, Amherst, MA
Scar / Face, Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris, France
CASS Projects: The SleepingProcession, Cass Sculpture Foundation, West Sussex, GB
Noon – One, curated by RJ Messineo, CANADA, New York, NY
2017 The Surface of the East coast from Nice to New York, Ceysson & Bénétière, Nice, France
Non Atomic, 215 Orleans Project Space, Houston, TX
Observatories, The Center, Jackson, WY
Summer Sun, The Journal Gallery, New York, NY
The Firts Ever & Only East Hampton Biennial, East Hampton, NY
In The Abstract, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, MA
Animal Farm, brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT
Drawing Island, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Attics of my life, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY
2016 What’s Up 2.0, Curated by Lawrence van Hagen, London, UK
Fort Greene, curated by Adrianne Rubenstein, VENUS over Los Angeles, Los Angeles
The Zabludowicz Collection, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland
Julia Benjamin, Sarah Braman & Nicole Cherubini, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY
6s and 7s, Malborough Gallery Breezeway, New York, NY
2015 Another Minimalism, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Feed the Meter, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Wandhaff, Luxembourg
Piece by Piece: Building a Vollection, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MI
Dérive(s), curated by Romain Dauriac, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York
Zabriskie Point, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York
2014 Broadway Morey Boogie, curated by Marlborough Chelsea, in colloboration with The Broadway Mall Association and The New York City Parks Department, New York
Picture/Painting/Object, Albert Baronian, Brussels
Paint New York, Kunstforeningen GI Strand, Copenhagen
Another, Once Again, Many Times More, Matros Gallery, East Marion, NY
Home Again, Again II, The Journal Gallery, New York, NY
LIFE, The Journal Gallery at Venus over Manhattan, NY
2013 Another Culmination: Braman, Hafif, McCracken, Nauman, Price, Turner, Franklin Parrasch Gallery
Garage Show, Rachel Uffner Gallery, NY
Pure Smoke Things, Anthony Greaney, Boston, MA
PAINT THINGS: beyond the stretcher, deCordova Scuplture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Xstraction, The Hole, New York, NY
2012 Eleven Rivington, New York, NY
Shapeshift, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
Abstract Everyday – Everyday Abstract, Curated by Matthew Higgs, James Cohan Gallery, New York
Zublodovich Collection Inaugural Installation, Sarvisalo, Finland
2011 Copper Kettle, The Journal Gallery at ReMap§, Athens, Greece
Johann König Gallery, Berlin, Germany
One Dozen Paintings, The Journal Gallery, New York, NY
Memories Are Made of This, Museum 52, New York, NY
The Shape We’re In, The Zabludowicz Collection, New York, NY
ON AND ON AND ON, Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, Germany
V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tide Pool, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Spontaneous Generation, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY
In There, Out Here, Leo Koenig Inc. Pr, New York, NY
Lisbon Biennial, Lisbon, Portugal
The Shape of Things to Come: New Scupture, Saatchi Gallery, London, Uk
Works from the Collection, De la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, FL
2009 Float, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
The New Yorkers, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
To The Left oft he Rising Sun, Small A Projects, Greenwich, NY
Oculus Imaginationo, Sunday Gallery, New York, NY
Seperate Entities, Museum 52, New York, NY
2008 Formal Play, Brown, London, UK
Color Climax, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY
2007 ab strac tion, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Circumventing the City, D’amelio Terras New York, NY
Quotidian, Buia Gallery, New York, NY
With Teeth, Priska Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY
2006 CANARICO, Counter Gallery, London, UK
History Lessons: Part Three, Gavin Brown’s Passerby, New York, NY
CANADA, Counter Galerry, London, UK
Frisky Flaming Hot, Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, Denmark
Blender, curated by Cordy Ryman, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Greater New York 2005, PS1, Long Island City, NY
Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
Seven Thousand Years of War, CANADA, New York, NY
Forts and Panchos, Allston Skirt, Boston, MA
2004 Majority Whip, White Box, New York, NY
Split Dreams, New York, NY
2002 Glow Show, Archive, Toronto, Canada
2001 New Art From New York, BACCA, Berkley, CA
2000 Rec Room, Pekao Gallery, Toronto, ON
1999 Leo Koenig Project, John Webber Gallery, New York, NY
US Exchange, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Canada
Sticker Shock, ICA, Philadelphia, PA
1998 Just for the Night, Hollywood Premier, Los Angeles, CA
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