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Nancy Graves: Abstract Paintings Incorporating Sculptural Elements at David Richard Gallery

October 27, 2018

2018 October 26

Feature Vol. 3, No. 20

 

 

Nancy Graves 
Villain of Situation, 1989 
Oil, gold and silver leaf on canvas with anodized aluminum attachment  
64 x 62 x 18"

© Nancy Graves Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

 

 

 

These paintings from 1989 have the addition of painted anodized aluminum sculptural elements attached to and protruding from the paintings. They demonstrate how Graves moved effortlessly between sculpture and the two-dimensional picture plane, combining the two art forms by painting her sculptures and attaching armatures and three-dimensional elements to her paintings. The sculptural elements make the paintings more literal, pulling the strokes and imagery off the canvas and into three-dimensional space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Graves 
Insatiable Wanting, 1989 
Oil and gold leaf on canvas with anodized aluminum attachment  
46 x 64 x 34"

© Nancy Graves Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

 

 

 

Nancy Graves, a New York-based artist, worked in sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, theatre and film, and explored nearly every medium, method of production and form of presentation. Her art was rooted in natural history, evolution and science, inspired by data and technology as she enthusiastically imagined the future. Graves’ artwork is dynamic and complex, combining the past with the future, using layers of actual data and technical information, presenting a kaleidoscope of colors and array of representational and abstract imagery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Graves 
These Vaporings, 1989  
Oil, gold and silver leaf on canvas with anodized aluminum attachment 
64 x 42 x 18"

© Nancy Graves Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Graves 
Permanent Tension, 1989  
Oil on canvas and anodized aluminum 
40 x 46 x 29"

© Nancy Graves Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

 

 

 

About Nancy Graves:

 

Nancy Graves was born in 1939 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She studied at Vassar, graduating in 1961, then received her MFA in 1964 from Yale. Notable classmates included Chuck Close, Robert Mangold, Janet Fish and Brice Marden. Early in her career, she exhibited with the Graham Gallery in New York. In 1969, Graves had a solo exhibition of her iconic camel sculptures at the Whiney Museum of Art, at that time she was the youngest and the fifth woman to have a solo show at the Whiney.  Graves then exhibited with André Emmerich Gallery and Knoedler & Co., in New York, and Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago, then later with Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art and now Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York as well as David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe. Graves died very young at age 54 from cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Graves 
Everyone Scurries, 1989  
Oil on canvas with gold leaf and anodized aluminum element 
46 x 40 x 17.5"

© Nancy Graves Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

 

 

 

Graves’ artworks are included in the permanent collections of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, New Museum, New York, NY, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT among others.

 

 

Please contact the gallery for additional information, high resolution images and prices.

 

 

Please check out Nancy Grave’s artworks

offered at special prices at the Gallery Shop:

 

https://www.davidrichardgallery.com/Artwork-Shop.cfm?ArtistsID=1235

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Graves 
Radix, 1987 
Etching, aquatint and embossing on Fabriano Artistico paper  
Edition of 36 plus 6 AP 
35.375 x 44

© Nancy Graves Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

 

 


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