Pools-Fountainbleu (Miami), 2002

Photo: Courtesy of the artist | Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Household gloss on canvas
289 x 289 x 5 cm

Sarah Morris's series of paintings, collectively entitled Pools, acknowledge the swimming pool as the ultimate emblem of Miami, encapsulating its particular lifestyle and ideology. The artist also locates the city's position in the production of the American dream in relation to the contradictions of US foreign policy, hinting at Miami's problematic relationship with Cuba, ninety miles to the south and its role in the history of the Cold War. As such, Miami is not just a portrait of a city, but continues Morris' study of artifice, surface and the covert.

*1967 in Sevenoaks, United Kingdom | Living and working in New York, USA