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Cat's Tongue (Rio)
signed Sarah Morris, titled and dated 2013 (on the overlap)
household gloss paint on canvas
60 by 60 in.
152.5 by 152.5 cm.
Executed in 2013.
This work is in very good condition overall. There is a pinpoint accretion in the field of white in the lower left corner, visible upon very close inspection. Under ultraviolet inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. Unframed.
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White Cube, Hong Kong
Acquired from the above by the present owner
"For me, the paintings are not depictions of space, although you could possibly view them as that. They become some other form of space. They’re not virtual space, because a painting is a built thing, obviously. I subscribe to that Frank Stella notion that what you see is what you see." — Sarah Morris, quoted in Taylor Dafoe, "Sarah Morris Explains Why Nothing Is Off Limits in Her New Paintings and Films," Artnet News, 23 May 2019, online
Morris began her career making graphic paintings that adapted the dramatic, emotive language used in newspaper and advertising taglines. Since the mid-1990s, she has been making abstract paintings and films to investigate what she describes as “urban, social and bureaucratic typologies.” Her works, inspired by different cities, are derived from close inspection of architectural details combined with a critical sensitivity to the psychology of places and their key protagonists.
Cat’s Tongue (Rio) is from a recent series about Rio de Janeiro that depicts the multifarious and complex layers of this most contradictory of cities, from its highly orchestrated and eroticised surface image, to its vast urban sprawl. In the Rio paintings, executed between 2012 and 2013, Morris both expands and distills her abstract compositions, and in the complementary film, images of the city's beaches, fruit stands, hospitals, iconic modernist architecture, football stadiums, factories and favelas are combined with images from the office of Oscar Niemeyer, the mayor of Rio and the parades of the city's famous Carnival.
In Cat’s Tongue (Rio), Morris deploys her traditional hard-edge painting technique using household gloss paint on square canvases. Jagged, puzzle-like forms are rendered in bright colors reminiscent of the Brazilian flag to create a vivid tableau evoking the dynamism of the lively city. Through references to architectural motifs or urbans vistas, Sarah Morris cultivates a unique and emotive visual language that captivates her audience.