Sarah Cain (b. 1979) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Cain received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2006 from The San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, CA. She then received a Masters of Fine Art degree in 2006 from the University of California at Berkeley, CA.
Cain is a recipient of the 2011 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; the 2008 Durfee Grant; the 2007 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; and the 2006 SECA Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Cain has had solo exhibitions at Adobe Books, San Francisco, CA; Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; a site-specific installation at Elk Camp, in collaboration with Aspen Art Museum, Aspen CO; Cardi Black Box, Milan, Italy; CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX; Five Thirty Three Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Galerie Lelong, New York, NY; Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA; Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; A LAND Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA; The LAB Annex, San Francisco, CA; Lucky Tackle Gallery, Oakland, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art Raleigh, Raleigh, NC; Museum of Contemporary Art San Deigo, La Jolla, CA; Queens Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA; San Francisco Art Commission, San Francisco, CA; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum Bloom Projects, Santa Barbara, CA; Sara Meltzer Gallery/Projects, New York, NY; Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland and Timothy Taylor, London, UK.
Recent group exhibitions include Take Up Space, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; Conceptual Feedback, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA; Platforms, Armory Art Fiar, New York, NY; Artwork for Bedrooms, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA; Surface Work, Victoria Miro, London, UK; Jump Ball, Dio Horos, Mykonos, Greece; Holdings: Selections From MCASD’S Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA, 2016; Contemporary Collection, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX, 2016; Surrogates, Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver, BC, 2016; Pure Paint for Now People, Shaw Gallery, Weber State University, Ogden, UT, 2015; Variations: Conversations In And Around Abstract Painting, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, 2015; Now-ism: Abstraction Today, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH, 2014; Drawings & Works on Paper, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY, 2014; I was a double, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, NY, 2014; and IN __ WE TRUST: Art and Money, Columbus Museum of Art, OH, 2014.
Selected public collections include Blanton Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; The Margulies Collection, Miami, FL; Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga, NY; UBS Art Collection; and the Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK.
In July, she will unveil a major public work of her own, a 150-foot-long series of 37 vividly colorful stained-glass windows, funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission, which she hopes will inspire passers-by in an equally unlikely setting: the new AirTrain terminal at the city’s international airport. The completed work will incorporate panes of glass in over 270 colors, framed in soldered zinc, which Cain has painstakingly arranged so that no two adjoining fragments are the same shade. “If a work is going to span that much space, you want the viewer to keep discovering things,” she says.
Honor Fraser is pleased to present The Sun Will Not Wait, a solo exhibition of new works by Sarah Cain. The exhibition will be on view from 12 January through 9 March 2019. For The Sun Will Not Wait, the artist will create a new floor painting onsite prior to the opening along with a body of new canvases concluding with an upward view through a skylight work inspired by a major commission by the San Francisco Arts Commission for a stained-glass wall at the San Francisco International Airport to be unveiled in June 2019.
In the paintings of Sarah Cain, spatial constraints and material pieties fall away with fearless colors, easily expanding out from canvases into installations which have in the past included furniture, clothing, jewelry, and found objects. A spirited post-minimalist, Cain crafts an abstraction intertwined with life.
Sarah Cain will be included in Take Up Space at Pizzuti Collection, 8 September 2018 - 20 January 2019.
Take Up Space presents abstraction as it travels across floors, hangs on walls, and is suspended above stairwells. Abstraction runs throughout this space, exploring and becoming territory. The works - mostly paintings - are results of artsits' projects that consider the relevance and power of abstractions' possibilities. The works in these galleries respond: to architecture, to history, to color, to taste, to edges, to time, and to our sociopolitical climate. They are explorations of form. They require us to notice their experimentation. They charge us to take the color, shapes, and scale of their structures into account.
The Culver Center of the Arts is pleased to present the group exhibition, Painting Architecture, with works by Sarah Cain. The exhibition will be on view from 1 September - 29 December 2018. Painting Architecture invites viewers to contemplate the distinctions between architecture and painting. The artists featured in the exhibition explore elements of architecture including volume, facade, public and private spaces, and utility. The artists consider the differences of presence and examine the tension between architecture's ties to function and paintings' rejection of practical usefulness.
Cutting, collaging, and expanding paintings beyond their boundaries, Sarah Cain redefines the nature of painting. Though the scale of her work is at times architectural, Cain incorporates small found objects amid drawn and painted gestures, sometimes including domestic furniture such as a vanity or dresser.
Sarah Cain will be included in Artwork for Bedrooms at The Wattis Institute, 15 March - 12 May 2018.
Artwork for Bedrooms tells the story of eight artists living in San Francisco 2000–08, a period that until now has been framed by the Mission School, artists known for sprawling assemblages that took inspiration from graffiti culture. Artwork for Bedrooms draws a parallel narrative from the same moment of young artists who were similarly invested in “poor” materials, but who put them to work in more abstract, fragile, or conceptual ways. Featuring works by Tauba Auerbach, Sarah Cain, Ajit Chauhan, Veronica DeJesus, Colter Jacobsen, Sahar Khoury, Alicia McCarthy, and Will Rogan.
Artwork for Bedrooms is curated by CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2018 Maddie Klett, Zhaoyu Lin, MK Meador, Cristiane Ulson Quercia, Rosa Tyhurst, and Qinyue Xu.
Los Angeles–based painter Sarah Cain creates immersive, abstract installations with a bold use of color, material, and improvisation. Within her lyrical, energetic compositions, she pushes the boundaries of what painting can be and the place where painting and sculpture meet. For the 2017–18 ski season, Cain will create a site-responsive work at Elk Camp on Snowmass Mountain, working with and against the space’s architecture.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, has a new space in downtown Los Angeles. As part of the inaugural exhibitions, Sarah Cain has created a dynamic wall installation for the ICA LA courtyard titled "now i'm going to tell you everything," 2017. Working in a patchwork of different materials and gestures, Cain's signature abstract style manipulates the perception of the painted canvas.
Galerie Lelong is pleased to present Dark Matter, a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Sarah Cain. Advancing her constant search into new territories of abstraction and the possibilities of painting, Cain will transform the gallery with her first monumental floor painting that will cover and activate the entire 2,500 square foot exhibition space. By inviting viewers to step on top of the site-specific work, Cain further explores the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and installation. A dozen new paintings that recontextualize the conventional limits of the medium will also be on view.
Sarah Cain is included in Surrogates at Griffin Art Projects. The exhibition presents a selection of recent works from local private collections featuring some of Vancouver’s most prominent artists as well as significant international figures. The artworks are characterized by various kinds of surrogates, both literal and metaphoric.
ARTBOOK invites you to celebrate the publication of Sarah Cain: The Imaginary Architecture of Love published by CAM Raleigh.
Saturday, February 13
5:00 to 6:00 pm
LA ART BOOK FAIR
CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum)is pleased to present The Imaginary Architecture of Love by Sarah Cain. Cain will create a monumental painting directly on the walls and floor of the 4,000 square foot museum. As is typical of her practice, Cain will embed objects found insitu and layer paintings made on traditional stretched canvases within the work.
Honor Fraser is pleased to present Sarah Cain: Bow Down, a solo exhibition of new works by Sarah Cain.
29 May - 11 July 2015
Sarah Cain is included in Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting. This exhibition presents 30 artists whose work reflects the language and style of abstraction: Markus Amm, Mark Bradford, A.K. Burns, Sarah Cain, Aaron Curry, Theaster Gates, Mark Grotjahn, Iva Gueorguieva, Sergei Jensen, Rashid Johnson, Jennie C. Jones, Rachel Lachowicz, Dashiell Manley, Julie Mehretu, Dianna Molzan, Albert Oehlen, Alexandra Olson, Laura Owens, Anthony Pearson, Howardena Pindell, Gerhard Richter, Sterling Ruby, Analia Saban, Maaike Schoorel, Amy Sillman, Diana Thater, Lesley Vance, Mary Weatherford, Lisa Williamson, and Christopher Wool.
24 August 2014 – 22 March 2015
Sarah Cain's newest site-specific work at LAND HQ is now on view at on Highland and Santa Monica in Hollywood, CA.
6775 Santa Monica Blvd., #2A
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Sarah Cain is included in 'I was a double,' a multilayered exhibition/composition interweaving music and art. On view 5 July 2014 - 4 January 2015 at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.
5 July 2014 - 4 January 2015
Sarah Cain will be included in the group show Outside The Lines at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
October 31, 2013 – March 23, 2014
LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) will present Painting in Place, a group exhibition of contemporary painting in the historic Farmers and Merchants Bank in Downtown Los Angeles.
Artists include Rita Ackermann, Kevin Appel, Jennifer Boysen, Sarah Cain, N. Dash, Matias Faldbakken, Kim Fisher, Barnaby Furnas, Alexandra Grant, Matt Greene, Mark Hagen, David Hendren, Julian Hoeber, Rashid Johnson, Jacob Kassay, Olga Koumoundouros, Jim Lee, Nate Lowman, Allison Miller, Sam Moyer, Amanda Ross-Ho, Analia Saban, Kate Shepherd, Gary Simmons, Vincent Szarek, Britton Tolliver, Kon Trubkovich, Monique van Genderen, and Bobbi Woods.
401 South Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
22 May - 31 July, 2013.
Sarah Cain will be included in PAINT THINGS: beyond the stretcher, a group exhibition at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.
Sarah Cain will be included in Wall, a group exhibitionat at the Columbus College of Art & Design.
21 February - 4 April 2013
Sarah Cain will be included in For the Martian Chronicles, a group exhibition at L&M Arts. For the Martian Chronicles pays homage to the late writer Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), who in the 1940’s lived in a home located on the current L&M Arts property. Here, in what was then a small white clapboard house, Bradbury wrote much of what would become his celebrated book, The Martian Chronicles
The exhibition will be on view 8 November 2012 - 5 January 2013
Sarah Cain will be included in Treating Shadows as Real Things, a special project as a part of ARTISSIMA Lido in Turin, Italy. The exhibition will be held in the Church of The Holy Shroud where artists: Lucas Blalock, Sarah Cain, Giorgio de Chirico, Samara Golden, Mark Hagen, Anthony Lepore, Andrea Longacre-White, Carlo Mollino and Ry Rocklen address the flexibility of perception, the nature of belief and the space and possibility of the metaphysical.
Sarah Cain's first monograph, published by LAND, is scheduled for release on 11 July 2012. The book details the artist's work from 2002 to the present, and features texts by Andrew Berardini, Sarah Cain, Tara McDowell, Shamim M. Momin and Franklin Sirmans.
Sarah Cain has been chosen to participate in Bold Tendencies 6, London, UK. Bold Tendencies is a non-profit summertime sculpture project dedicated to showcasing new art by international artists.
Sarah Cain has been selected to participate in Made in L.A. 2012, the first Los Angeles Biennial organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LAXART. The exhibition is scheduled for 2 June - 2 September 2012 at the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, and LAXART, Los Angeles.