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Opening reception: Friday, November 19, 6-8 pm

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce a one-person exhibition of new work by Sarah Morris.

Morris's new paintings continue her recent interest in the way we de-code and therefore begin to understand the built world around us. She is interested in our intuitive relationship to the architectural statements that surround us every day.

Images of buildings, electronic signage and constructed facades are translated into paintings. Each work highlights a fragment of these structures towards the creation of a new abstract language thoroughly in tune with our constantly changing attitude to the way our cities are put together.

The paintings are precise and designed yet leave space for glamour, tension, power and ambiguity. Morris pulls in her sources, reworks and translates them into a self-sustaining series of parallel architectures. Those moments, when we get a glimpse of a place in its most extreme form, are captured, locked and re-worked on canvas leaving us with an open matrix of ideas, images and expressions of ideology normally repressed in straight documentation of our surroundings.

Sarah Morris is currently working on major solo exhibition projects for the Galerie für Zeitgenoessiche Kunst in Leipzig and the Kunsthalle Zurich for 2000. She has also recently completed her second short film titled "am/pm" which was shot on location in Las Vegas.

The film "am pm" will be premiered at a special screening on Tuesday, November 23 at 7pm. For further information, please contact the gallery at, or call (212) 680-9467.