Katy Grannan  (American, 1969) 

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Katy Grannan (American, b.1969) is a photographer from Arlington, MA ,who contributed to the world of portrait photography. In 1991, she received a BA from the University of Philadelphia. She also studied at Yale University, where she graduated with an MFA in 1999. That same year, she won the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, which gave her the necessary funds to continue her work. Grannan uses her images to capture the personality of her subjects.

Many of Grannan’s pieces show the subject in an everyday situation with the photographer focusing on background elements that create a story. Kathleen shows a housewife standing in her kitchen; this work was part of a series of photographs for New York Times Magazine, which also included the pieces Keli and Jeff Stackhouse. Grannan often finds her subjects through newspaper ads, which she places in smaller towns and rural communities across the country. Her pieces show the vulnerable side of her subjects, such as Keli, which highlights a young mother coming home from war. The piece led to a series of photographs on female veterans who served in Iraq. The series of photographs ran in the New York Times Magazine in 2007.

Grannan displayed her work at several notable institutions during the 1990s and 2000s, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in Lake Worth, FL, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She is the author of Model America, which Aperture released in 2005. The Westerns, an exhibition catalog released in 2008, is sold at several galleries run by the photographer. Artforum, The New York Times, Visionaire, and The Village Voice are among the publications that have shown her work in the past. Salon 94 and the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery in New York and the San Francisco-based Fraenkel Gallery represent the artist. Grannan lives in San Francisco, where she continues to work for notable magazines and publications.

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Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Modesto, CA

 

Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Modesto, CA
2013

Fraenkel Gallery
Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Modesto, CA

 

Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Modesto, CA
2013-2014

Fraenkel Gallery
Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Modesto, CA

 

Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Modesto, CA
2013-2014

Fraenkel Gallery
Katy Grannan, Deb Soaking Wet, Tuolumne River, Modesto, CA

 

Katy Grannan
Deb Soaking Wet, Tuolumne River, Modesto, CA
2013-2014

Fraenkel Gallery
Katy Grannan, Inessa Waits Near South 9th Street, Modesto, CA

 

Katy Grannan
Inessa Waits Near South 9th Street, Modesto, CA
2012-2014

Fraenkel Gallery
Katy Grannan, Kings County, Central Valley, CA

 

Katy Grannan
Kings County, Central Valley, CA
2013-2014

Fraenkel Gallery
Katy Grannan, Michele, b. 1977

 

Katy Grannan
Michele, b. 1977
2004

Fraenkel Gallery
Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Modesto, CA

 

Katy Grannan
Anonymous, Modesto, CA
2013

Fraenkel Gallery
Katy Grannan, Brian, b. 1976

 

Katy Grannan
Brian, b. 1976
2004

Fraenkel Gallery
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Katy Grannan, Couple, Catskill, NY

 

Katy Grannan
Couple, Catskill, NY, 1999
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Katy Grannan, Kathy, Bird Sanctuary (Gravesite), Chatham NY

 

Katy Grannan
Kathy, Bird Sanctuary (Gravesite), Chatham NY, 2003
chromogenic color print, mntd

 

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Katy Grannan, Untitled (from the Poughkeepsie Journal)

 

Katy Grannan
Untitled (from the Poughkeepsie Journal), 1999
C-print, mntd on Sintra

 

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1969   Born in Arlington, MA
1991   B.A., University of Pennsylvania, PA
1999   M.F.A., Yale University, New Haven, CT
  Lives and works in Berkeley, CA
2014   The 99, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2011 - 2014   More American Photographs, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, traveling to Museum of Contemporary Art; Wexner Center for the Arts; California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside
2012   The Sun and Other Stars: Katy Grannan and Charlie White, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2011   Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Boulevard (solo)
2010 - 2011   2010 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
2008 - 2009   Portraiture Now: Feature Photography, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
2008   Lady Into Fox, Salon 94, New York, NY (solo)
2008   Another Woman Who Died In Her Sleep, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2008   Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2006   Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures XVIII, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006   Tina b.: The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
2006   Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY, Mystic Lake (solo)
2006   Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Mystic Lake
2005   Greenberg Van Doren, St. Louis, MO, Pictures
2005   Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium, Mystic Lake
2005   Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, Sugar Camp Road / Morning Call
2004   Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, March 11 - May 30, 2004.
2004   Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, April 16 - August 15, 2004
2004   Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
2004   Arles, France, Arles Photography Festival, July - August
2003   Guided by Heroes, curated by Raf Simons, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium
2003   Imperfect Innocence: The Debra & Dennis Scholl Collection, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, FL
2003   Girls Night Out, The Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2003   51 Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium, Sugar Camp Road / Morning Call
2003   Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY, Sugar Camp Road
2003   Salon 94, New York, NY, Morning Call
2003   Moving Pictures, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, October 7 – May, 2004
2003   Frankenstein, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
2002   True Blue, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2002   The Norman Dubrow Bienial, Kagan Martos Gallery, New York
2002   Women by Women, Cook Fine Art, New York
2001   51 Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium
2001   Dream America, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpes, Belgium
2001   Tell It Like It Is, Diehl Vorderwuelbecke, Berlin, Germany
2001   Dreaming in Print: Visionaire 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
2001   Smile, Here, New York
2001   Boomerang: Collector’s Choice II, Exit Art, New York, curated by Meredith Verona
2001   Casino 2001, Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuel Kunst Gent, Belgium
2001   Installed Collections / Collections Installed, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
2001   Legitimate Theater, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, curated by Howard Fox
2000   Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art New York
2000   Bluer, Carrie Secrist Gallery Chicago, IL
2000   Kohn Turner Gallery Los Angeles, CA
2000   Reflections Through A Glass Eye, International Center for Photography, New York
1999   Another Girl, Another Planet, curated by Gregory Crewdson and Jeanne Greenberg, Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art New York
1999   Female, curated by Vince Aletti, Wessel + O'connor Gallery New York
1999   P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center Long Island City, NY
1999   Thesis Exhibition, , Yale University New Haven, CT
1998   DFN Gallery New York
1998   A&A Gallery New Haven, CT
1998   ArtSpace New Haven, CT