Sarah Anne Johnson's monumental 6-channel video installation The Kitchen has joined the Hirshhorn Museum of Art's permanent collection. The work is inspired by the life of Johnson’s grandmother, who, suffering from post-partum depression, was subject to forced brainwashing experiments conducted by the Canadian government in the 1950s. The Kitchen follows the artist, dressed in 1950s-style clothing, performing domestic tasks facing backwards, a representation of the difficulties her grandmother faced following her treatment.
Works by Sarah Anne Johnson were on view in On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT from September 10, 2021 - January 9, 2022. Honoring the 50th anniversary of coeducation at Yale and the 150th anniversary of the first enrollment of women students in the university’s fine arts program, On the Basis of Art was comprised of artworks by women from the Art Gallery’s collection. Other featured artists included Jennifer Bartlett, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Eva Hesse and Maya Lin. For more information, please visit the Yale University website.
Yossi Milo Gallery presented works by Sarah Anne Johnson and John Gill in the ADAA's The Art Show 2021 at Park Avenue Armory from November 3-7, 2021. Though disparate in painterly approaches, both artists enhance the basic forms of their disciplines through color. Gill’s ceramics emphasize tension between the stability of the vessel and the variation of geometric pattern and color. Johnson hand-applies paint, ink, glitter, and stickers to photographs of forest scenes, creating a visual representation of what is both seen and unseen in nature. Together, these artists bring refreshed perspectives on the effects of color across different media. For more information, please visit the ADAA website.
Sarah Anne Johnson's Woodland exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery was reviewed in the quarterly “painting” issue of Border Crossings Magazine, released in May 2021. Benjamin Klein writes, “Confronting the works in person provides a different experience from seeing them digitally … In the gallery space, the works in the show generate an encompassing physically felt sensation—of being in the landscape and of having the invisible-made-seen." For more information, please visit the Border Crossings website.
Sarah Anne Johnson’s Explosions was featured in the Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver, Canada, from March 22 – May 15, 2021. Explosion is part of Johnson’s Arctic Wonderland series, which she developed in 2009 while participating in the Arctic Circle residency. The painted photographic work, presented at the festival as a pubic installation billboard, explores Johnson’s subjective experience of climate change in the Arctic landscape. For more information, please visit the festival website.
Frieze Magazine reviews Sarah Anne Johnson's Woodland, with Joseph R. Wolin writing how "the artist’s interventions…transform the woods into magical glades, each of slightly differing character.” To read the full review, please visit the magazine’s website .
Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce a multi-media online presentation featuring new work by Sarah Anne Johnson, including images of large-scale, photo-based landscapes and video from the artist’s studio. Powered by the Art Dealers Association of America, in collaboration with Artlogic. To visit our viewing room, please click here.
Sarah Anne Johnson in ArtNet News
Work from Sarah Anne Johnson's Woodlands series was featured in Artnet News on November 16, 2021. In conversation with gallerists at Paris Photo, writer Anna Sansom explores the shift in photography as popularity surges towards the realm of unique photographs, such as Sarah Anne Johnson’s featured STPYP2. Sarah Anne Johnson's natural scenes are made unique through embellishment; using paint, glitter, and holographic tape among other materials. Through this use of mixed media, Johnson blurs the lines between sensory immersion and photographic representation, generating a sense of awe and reverence to the natural world. For more information, please visit the Artnet News website.