Nancy Graves  (American, 1939-1995) 


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Nancy Graves Biography
1940   Born December 23rd in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
1959   Awarded a scholarship to the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, CT
1961   B.A. in English Literature from Vassar College
1962   BFA from Yale School of Art and Architecture
1964   MFA from Yale School of Art and Architecture
1966   Moved to New York City
1968   First solo exhibition at the Graham Gallery
1970 - 1974   Produced five films
1995   Died October 21st
Selected Exhibitions
2013   Nancy Graves: Synecdoche, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo exhibition)
2012   Spring Garden - New Gallery on Old Bailey, Hong Kong, SAR
2011   Nancy Graves - The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
2009   Nancy Graves: Permanent Tension, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2008   The Point of Contact Gallery, Syracuse, NY: Tango: Installation & Performance
2008   Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY: Nancy Graves: Bronze Sculpture of the 1980s
2007   Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA: Nancy Graves/The Pilchuck Series: Selected Monotypes
2006   Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY: Nancy Graves 1970-1980
2005   Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA: Nancy Graves: The Shining, Elusive Element
1999   The Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1996   More than Minimal: Feminism and Abstraction in the Seventies, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.
1995   Nancy Graves: In Memoriam, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
1995   Nancy Graves: Contemporary Galleries Exhibition, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1994   Mapping, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1993   Lithographs Based on Geologic Maps of Lunar Orbiter and Apollo Landing Sites by Nancy Graves, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
1993   Grounds for Sculpture, Grounds for Sculpture, Johnson Atelier, Hamilton, NJ (group)
1991   Nancy Graves: Paradigm and Paradox, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1991   El Sueño de Egipto: La Influencia del Arte Egipcio en el Arte Contemporáneo, Centro Cultural/ Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico
1987   Nancy Graves: A Sculpture Retrospective, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (Organized by the Fort Worth Art Museum), traveled to: The Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1987   The Fort Worth Art Museum organized a sculpture retrospective, accompanied by a catalogue raisonné
1986   Vassar College Art Gallery (solo)
1984   “Primitivism” in Twentieth Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, The Museum of Modern Art, NY
1984   Prints from Tyler Graphics, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
1980   Nancy Graves: A Survey, 1969-1980, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, traveled to: Akron Art Institute, Akron, OH; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, TN; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.
1980   Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (solo)
1979   The Seventies: New American Painting, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1979   Recent Acquisitions, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1979   Recent Acquisitions, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
1977   Contemporary Issues: Works on Paper by Women, The Woman’s Building, Los Angeles, CA
1977   Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany
1973   New American Graphic Art, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1973   La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (solo)
1973   The National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa (solo)
1972   Institute of Contemporary Art of the University of Pennsylvania (solo)
1972   The New American Filmmakers Series, Part III: Films by Artists, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1972   Documenta V, Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany
1971   The National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa (solo)
1971   Neue Galerie der Stadt Aachen (solo)
1971   Museum of Modern Art, New York (solo)
1969   Nancy Graves: Camels, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
  First woman artist to have a solo retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art