Sarah Cain

Los Angeles, California

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Sarah Cain

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Sarah Cain moves beyond the traditional notion of painting, redefining abstraction in feminist terms as an architecture for transformative, embodied, emotive experience. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2021); Momentary (2021); The Tang Teaching Museum ( 2021); The Aspen Art Museum (2017); Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (2017); Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh (2015); and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2015). Her work has been featured in The New York Times, ELLE, Town & Country, Los Angeles Times, Artforum, Architectural Digest, and Art in America. Her work is held in public collections, including Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Perez Art Museum Miami, and The Blanton Museum. Cain lives and works in Los Angeles.

Program Participation

Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2020

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My exuberant abstractions often extend beyond the canvas into installations, site-specific painting, stained glass, and furniture works that play with and meld references from visual art, music, and our culture at large. The muscular, mostly gestural paintings embrace a pleasure-oriented, strategically intuitive power that both undermines and expands our expectations of serious abstract painting.”