Beginning with vintage slides, Greenfield-Sanders breaks down photographic images, and rebuilds them as her own. Putting the image through various incarnations, she grids and paints small fragments, reconstituting the “details” to a whole in a manner similar to memory’s construction. The vague familiarity of her anonymous landscapes re-enforces her exploration of remembrance as manifested through a complex working method. The original photographs, by definition, are someone else’s memories, leading the artist to question the nature of recollection and the truthfulness of photography. The medium’s relationship to reality and the role it plays in our own memories become integral to her multiple studies, watercolors and paintings of a single image. The multiple outputs become about repeatedly working with form itself. As the artist stresses: “My work is not personal, the memories are found, and the emotions imbued are universal.” Translating elements from unknown family snapshots into paintings with more universal, contemporary concerns, Greenfield-Sanders adds a complexity to her works belied by the beauty inherent in their aesthetic appearance.*

Isca Greenfield-Sanders was born in 1978 in New York City's East Village, where she currently lives and works. She graduated from Brown University in 2000 with a double major in Fine Arts and Mathematics.  In 2001 she was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.

Public collections include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen; and The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio.

Solo Exhibitions include Haunch of Venison, New York and London (2011, 2012) John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco (2005, 2007, 2010, 2014) Galerie Klüser, Munich (2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013) Baldwin Gallery, Aspen (2002, 2005, 2009, 2015) Goff + Rosenthal, New York (2006, 2008) Lombard Freid Fine Arts, New York (2002) and Galeria In Arco, Torino (2000, 2001.) In 2010 her work was the subject of a solo exhibition titled "Light Leaks" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.  Her work was the subject of a two-person exhibition at the Museum Morsbroich in Leverkusen, Germany (2006) and in 2003 she created a project room at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center.

* Excerpt from “Isca Greenfield-Sanders: Painting the Shifting Sands of Memory,” by Stacey Goergen.


Solo Shows
2017 Keep Them Still AMERINGER MCENERY YOHE New York, NY [upcoming]
2016 Balance Point REYNOLDS GALLERY Richmond, VA
2016 All Roads in My Mind WETTERLING GALLERY Stockholm, Sweden
2015 Those Few Hours BALDWIN GALLERY Aspen, CO
2015 I'll Be Your Mirror DUBNER MODERNE Lausanne, Switzerland
2014 Somewhere Else, Somewhere Good BERGGRUEN GALLERY San Francisco, CA
2013 Marines GALERIE KLUESER Munich, Germany
2012 Second State HAUNCH OF VENISON London, England
2011 The Ocean Between HAUNCH OF VENISON, New York, NY
2011 Film Edges WETTERLING GALLERY Stockholm, Sweden
2010 Field at Hollow Road BERGGRUEN GALLERY San Francisco, CA
2010 Light Leaks MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DENVER Denver, CO
2009 A Beautiful Place to Get Lost GALERIE KLUESER Munich, Germany
2009 Light Leak BALDWIN GALLERY Aspen, CO
2008 Against The Fall GOFF AND ROSENTHAL New York, NY
2007 Red Boat Beaches BERGGRUEN GALLERY San Francisco, CA
2006 Isca Greenfield-Sanders MUSEUM MORSBROICH Leverkusen, Germany
2006 Viridian Isle GALERIE KLUESER Munich Germany
2006 Pinelawn Pools GOFF AND ROSENTHAL New York, NY
2006 Swimming Pool Paintings WETTERLING GALLERY Stockholm, Sweden
2005 Sky of Blue, Sea of Green BERGGRUEN GALLERY San Francisco, CA
2005 Paintings for Harley BALDWIN GALLERY Aspen, CO
2004 Silver Cove GALERIE KLUESER Munich, Germany
2003 Rose Point PS1 CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER Long Island City, NY
2003 Windswept Fields GALERIE KLUESER Munich, Germany
2002 Beachwood Park LOMBARD FREID FINE ARTS New York, NY
2002 New Work BALDWIN GALLERY Aspen, Colorado
2001 Three Project Rooms GALLERIA IN ARCO Turin, Italy
2000 Memories GALLERIA IN ARCO Turin, Italy

Group Shows
2017 Isca Greenfield-Sanders in Conversation with Julian Opie, GALERIE FLUEGEL-RONCAK, Germany
2016 Paulson Bott Press: Celebrating Twenty Years DE YOUNG San Francisco, CA
2016 Water | Bodies SOUTHAMPTON ART CENTER Southampton, NY
2014 Sargent's Daughters SARGENT’S DAUGHTERS New York, NY
2014 Domesticity JASON MCCOY New York, NY
2013 Missed Connection REYNOLDS GALLERY Richmond, VA
2013 Ten Years WALLSPACE New York, NY
2013 Playing with Process: Explorations in Experimental Printmaking MFA HOUSTON Houston, Texas
2013 The Distaff Side THE GRANARY Sharon, CT
2013 1XX Curated by Sam Trioli LAUNCH F18 New York, NY
2012 Radical Terrain RUBIN MUSEUM New York, NY
2012 Beached GALLERY VALENTINE Long Island, NY
2012 Boundaries Oscured HAUNCH OF VENISON New York, NY
2011 U.S. Department of State ART IN EMBASSIES PROGRAM Tel Aviv
2011 Out of Focus, After Gerhard Richter HAMBURGER KUNSTHALLE Hamburg, Germany
2011 The Art of Giving BERGGRUEN GALLERY San Francisco, CA
2010 Nothing Gold Can Stay ROBERT GOFF GALLERY New York, NY
2009 Extended Family: Contemporary Connections curated by Eugenie Tsai BROOKLYN MUSEUM Brooklyn, NY
2009 One Size Fits All ON STELLAR RAYS New York, NY
2009 In Their Own Right: Contemporary Women Printmakers MCNAY ART MUSEUM San Antonio, TX
2006 Summer Group Show CARL HAMMER GALLERY Chicago, IL
2005 Carla Mattii, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Silvia Zotti UNO SU NOVE Rome, Italy
2005 Convertible Fabric Pyramid curated by Demetrio Paproni Benevento, Italy
2005 The Dreamland Artist Club 2005 curated by CREATIVE TIME Coney Island, NY
2005 The General’s Jamboree: second annual watercolor show GUILD & GREYSHKUL New York, NY
2004 River Arts CASSOLA GALLERY Peekskill, NY
2003 After Matisse & Picasso PS1 CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER Queens, NY
2003 Frans von Lenbach and Art Today MUSEUM MORSBROICH Leverkusen, Germany
2003 Prague Biennale: Peripheries Become the Center Veletrizni Palac, Prague
2003 Photography as Model WALLSAPCE New York, NY
2003 All About Me SIPKE GALLERY New York, NY
2003 Sanders & Greenfield-Sanders SNITZER GALLERY Miami, FL
2003 Up and Coming ARCO ART FAIR Madrid, Spain
2003 25th Anniversary Show WETTERLING GALLERY Stockholm, Sweden
2002 Painting as Paradox ARTISTS SPACE New York, NY
2002 Gothic Mood PALAZZO DELLE STELLINE Milan, Italy
2002 Friends and Family LOMBARD FREID FINE ARTS New York, NY
2002 27 Emerging Artists SPIKE GALLERY New York, NY
2001 Vice Versa RARE GALLERY New York, NY
2001 Addition | Subtraction CARLIN SPACE New York, NY
2001 Collectors Choice EXIT ART New York, NY
2001 Nostalgia URBAN ETC. Brooklyn, NY
2000 Biblioteca Comunale TORRE DEL CASTELLO Turin, Italy
2000 SVA Digital Salon PALACIO DE SANTA CRUZA Valladolid, Spain
1999 SVA Digital Salon VISUAL ARTS MUSEUM New York, NY
1999 SVA Digital Salon CIRCULO DE BELLAS ARTES Madrid, Spain

Selected Bibliography
• Molly Osberg Isca Greenfield-Sanders Captures Summer Days and the Beauty of Nostalgia ARTSY, Feb. 2016
• Gill Saunders Prix De Print No. 5 Isca Greenfield-Sanders: Pikes Peak ART IN PRINT, May/June 2014
• Susan Tallman Isca Greenfield-Sanders ART IN PRINT Vol. 2, No 2, July/August 2012
• Leanne Goebel Isca Greenfield-Sanders and Marc Brandenburg THE HUFFINGTON POST, February 2, 2011
• Charlie Finch Where's The Ball ARTNET, October 2010
• Bio Pic MODERN PAINTERS, October 2010
• Meredith Mendelsohn Isca Greenfield-Sanders, ART NEWS, January 2009
• Charlie Finch Comfort and Joy ARTNET MAGAZINE, September 2008
• Emma Pearse Artist Isca Greenfield-Sanders Falls to Earth NY MAGAZINE, September 2008
• Donald Kuspit Isca Greenfield-Sanders ARTFORUM, November 2006, p. 300
• Thomas W. Kuhn Isca and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders ARTNEWS, November 2006, p. 202
• Goings on About Town THE NEW YORKER, October 2006, p. 71
• Charlie Finch Pools of Wonder ARTNET, September 2006
• Bridget L. Goodbody Review: Isca Greenfield-Sanders TIME OUT NY, September 2006
• A.M. Homes Striking Oil VANITY FAIR, September 2006
• Deborah Phillips Isca Greenfield-Sanders ARTNEWS, December 2005
• Randy Kennedy Flash, Dash and Now, Art NEW YORK TIMES, June 17, 2005
• Linda Yablonsky Painted Love TIME OUT NY, June 16 - 20, 2005 p. 31
• Carlo McCormick Crazy in Love, Valentines by our favorite artists PAPER MAGAZINE, February 2005, p. 45
• Amanda Coulson Isca Greenfield-Sanders ART NEWS, October 2003, p.152
• Lauri Firstenberg Beachwood Park TEMA CELESTE, July-August 2002
• Joyce Korotkin Isca Greenfield-Sanders NY ARTS MAGAZINE, June 2002
• Tiziana Conti Isca Greenfield-Sanders TEMA CELESTE, September 2000


Public & Corporate Collections
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
McNay Art Museum, Texas
Palm Springs Museum, California
Progressive Corporation, Ohio 
Estee Lauder Corporation, New York

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