Sara Cwynar (CA)
Image: Sara Cwynar, Louis Vuitton Jeff Koons Rubens bag (detail), 2020. Courtesy of Sara Cwynar, Cooper Cole, Toronto, and Foxy Production, New York.
Sara Cwynar (b. 1985, Vancouver, Canada) is interested in the way that images accumulate, endure, and change in value over time. Her conceptual photographs and films involve constant archiving and re-presentation of collected visual materials, layering diverse imagery with references to art theory. The works intricately recall advertisements, retail catalogues, and old art history textbooks. Her visual assemblages meditate on how vernacular images shape collective world views, and how those ideals can change through time and contextual manipulation. Cwynar received her Bachelor of Design from York University, Toronto, Canada in 2010 and her MFA from Yale University, New Haven, USA in 2016. She has exhibited at international museums including the Museum of Modern Art (2019), the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2019), Milwaukee Art Museum (2019), Oakville Galleries (2018), Minneapolis Institute of Art (2018), Museum für Moderne Kunst (2017), and the Fondazione Prada (2016), and international galleries including Foxy Production, Andrea Rosen, M+B Gallery, Cooper Cole, and Eleven Rivington. In 2014, Cwynar was awarded the Printed Matter Emerging Artists Publication Series and published her first monograph, entitled Kitsch Encyclopedia, with Blonde Art Books. Her work is in the permanent collections museums including the Guggenheim Museum (New York), SFMoMA (San Francisco), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas), Minneapolis Insitute of Art (Minneapolis), Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Cwynar currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.