February 3, 1979|
Albany, New York, U.S.
San Francisco Art Institute|
University of California, Berkeley
Cain was born in Albany, New York , and studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute where she received her BFA in 2001. She went on to study at the University of California, Berkeley receiving her MFA in studio art and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2006. In Tara McDowell's 2006 essay accompanying Cain's SECA Award, the SFMOMA curator wrote, "For Cain, abstraction has the singular capability to convey meaning outside of words: a feeling, a state of mind, a relationship to something or someone."
The paintings and installations of Sarah Cain employ a variety of materials including traditional canvas, stretcher bars, and paint, but also introducing unusual and poetic artifacts: from musical notations to leaves and branches, expanding outside of the two-dimensional plane of the canvas and into the surrounding environment, creating many site-specific installations. Critic Quinn Latimer in describing Cain's work writes "They court seemingly bad ideas — drawings sport feathers and doilies; installations feature eggs and hippy art teacher-like fabric swatches — and then transform them so deftly into serious painting that it can take a minute to understand what you’re looking at." In 2011, Cain collaborated with noted Beat-era artist George Herms at the Orange County Museum of Art, where the curator Sarah Bancroft wrote for the accompanying catalog that the two artists share "an interest in language and a frustration over its limits in describing abstract work"
- 2016 Dark Matter at Galerie Lelong, New York, NY
- 2015 Sarah Cain: The Imaginary Architecture of Love at Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, Raleigh, NC
- 2015 Sarah Cain: blue in your body, red when it hits the air at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
- 2015 Sarah Cain Bow Down at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA5
- 2014 Sarah Cain: Burning Bush at Galerie Lelong, New York, New York
- 2012 Freedom is A Prime Number, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
- 2012 Gold, group exhibition curated by Thomas Zaunschirm, Imperial Belvedere Palace Museum, Vienna
- 2011 Forget Me Not LAND: Los Angeles Nomadic Division, Marfa, TX
- 2011 Sarah Cain: Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum Bloom Projects, Santa Barbara, CA
- 2010 California does psychic, Sara Meltzer Gallery/Projects, New York, NY
- 2010 little by little, CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX
- 2009 Midnight Mission, off site installation for the California Biennial, Five Thirty Three Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
- 2009 Double Future, Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
- 2009 As if only as Atmosphere, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
- 2006 Busan Biennale, curated by Doryun Chong, Busan, Korea
- 2006 I Believe We Are Believers, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
- 2005 A River of If's, Queens Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA
- 2013 MOCAtv "Sarah Cain- Artists's Studio'
- 2013 art ltd sarah cain: "Loud Object"
- 2013 Flash Art "ten Questions... about painting"
- 2013 Art Forum "Sarah Cain: Honor Fraser"
- 2012 Art Slant "Freedom is a Prime Number"
- 2012 Juxtapoz In L.A.: Sarah Cain "Freedom is a Prime Number"
- 2012 Flash Art "Interview with Sarah Cain"
- 2012 Modern Painters "Coloring Outside the Lines"
- 2012 CA Home + Design "The Top 10 CA Artists You Should Know"
- 2015 Mayer, Bernadette, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, and Julian Myers. Sarah Cain The Imaginary Architecture of Love, CAM Raleigh; North Carolina, DAP
- 2014 HyperAllergic.com review
- 2013 Christopher Knight review in the LA Times
- 2012 Monograph
- 2012 Bancroft, Sarah, Two Schools of Cool, Orange County Museum of Art, Prestel.
- 2011 Nelson, Steffie. "Space Invader." The New York Times Magazine, October 2
- 2010 Latimer, Quinn. "Sarah Cain: Double Future," February 2010
- 2009 Morgenthaler, Daniel. "Spiegel und Ei". Tagesanzeiger, September 24–30.
- 2009 Cornell, Lauren, Massimiliano Gioni and Laura Hoptman, eds. Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory, New Museum & Phaidon Press: 72.
- 2008 "In conversation with Jens Hoffmann." 2008 California Biennial. Ed. Karen Jacobson. Newport Beach: Orange County Museum of Art. 64-67.
- 2008 Rosenberg, Karen. "Landscapes for Frankenstein." The New York Times, Art in Review, August 1.
- 2007 McDowell,Tara. "Sarah Cain." 2006 Seca Art Award. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2007.
- 2006 "A Tale of Two Cities: Busan-Seoul/Seoul-Busan. Busan Biennale", 2006: 156-157.
- 2006 Cash, Stephanie. "Report From San Francisco II; New and Now." Art in America, January.
- 2005 Schaefer, Carey Ann. "The Work of Sarah Cain," Open Space Catalog, 2005.
- 2003 Westbrook, Lindsey. "Sarah Cain: New Work." SF Bay Guardian, 5 February: 79.
- McDowell, Tara and Janet C Bishop. 2006 SECA Art Award : Sarah Cain, Kota Ezawa, Amy Franceschini, Mitzi Pederson, Leslie Shows San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2007.
- Garza, Evan J "Q&A: A Conversation with Sarah Cain," New American Painting, November 2010.
- Latimer, Quinn. SEILER + MOSSERI-MARLIO GALERIE, ZURICH "Sarah Cain: Double Future."
- Bancroft, Sarah, Two Schools of Cool, Orange County Museum of Art and Prestel Publishing, 2012.