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Nancy Grossman: A Birthday Celebration!

Online Exhibition


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Self Portrait, 1965 graphite on paper 17 x 13 3/4...

Self Portrait, 1965

graphite on paper

17 x 13 3/4 inches

43.2 x 34.9 cm

For David Smith, 1965 leather, metal, rubber, fabr...

For David Smith, 1965

leather, metal, rubber, fabric and paint assemblage on canvas mounted on plywood

85 x 85 x 6 3/4 inches

215.9 x 215.9 x 17.1 cm

signed

Potawatami, 1967 leather, rubber and metal assembl...

Potawatami, 1967

leather, rubber and metal assemblage on plywood

63 1/8 x 38 x 11 3/4 inches

160.3 x 96.5 x 29.8 cm

signed

Untitled, 1967 collage, watercolor, ink and polyme...

Untitled, 1967

collage, watercolor, ink and polymer glue on paper

14 3/4 x 10 inches

37.5 x 25.4 cm

signed

Untitled, 1968 leather, wood, epoxy and metal hard...

Untitled, 1968

leather, wood, epoxy and metal hardware

16 7/8 x 7 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches

42.9 x 19.1 x 22.2 cm

signed

Untitled, 1973 lithographic crayon on coated paper...

Untitled, 1973

lithographic crayon on coated paper

40 x 26 inches

101.6 x 66.0 cm

signed

Black, 1973-74 leather, wood, paint, epoxy, cast a...

Black, 1973-74

leather, wood, paint, epoxy, cast aluminum and metal hardware

16 x 9 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches

40.6 x 23.5 x 19.7 cm

signed

Double Portrait, 1974 collage of various papers an...

Double Portrait, 1974

collage of various papers and tape with watercolor on board

36 x 48 inches

91.4 x 121.9 cm

signed

Collage Pastel #2, 1976 collage of dyed paper, tap...

Collage Pastel #2, 1976

collage of dyed paper, tape, watercolor and pastel on paper

26 x 20 inches

66.0 x 50.8 cm

signed

Corridor, 1977 fabric, leather, paint and graphite...

Corridor, 1977

fabric, leather, paint and graphite assemblage on canvas

73 3/4 x 49 1/2 x 2 inches

187.3 x 125.7 x 5.1 cm

signed

H.U.F., 1980 leather over wood 16 3/4 x 8 1/8 x 9...

H.U.F., 1980

leather over wood

16 3/4 x 8 1/8 x 9 5/8 inches

42.5 x 20.6 x 24.4 cm

signed

Succot, 1983 metal, leather, wood, bristle and rub...

Succot, 1983

metal, leather, wood, bristle and rubber

123 x 45 x 40 inches

312.4 x 114.3 x 101.6 cm

Untitled, 1985 ink and wash on paper 15 1/2 x 20 1...

Untitled, 1985

ink and wash on paper

15 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches

39.4 x 51.4 cm

signed

Light Is Faster Than Sound, 1987-88 collage with p...

Light Is Faster Than Sound, 1987-88

collage with paint on Masonite

36 x 48 inches

91.4 x 121.9 cm

signed

Gunhead, 1991 bronze with patina and copper wire 1...

Gunhead, 1991

bronze with patina and copper wire

16 x 8 x 18 1/2 inches

40.6 x 20.3 x 47.0 cm

signed

Volcano Dream-Destruction Dream, 1993 mixed media...

Volcano Dream-Destruction Dream, 1993

mixed media collage drawing

28 3/4 x 40 inches

73.0 x 101.6 cm

signed

Opus Volcanus (triptych), 1994 mixed media assembl...

Opus Volcanus (triptych), 1994

mixed media assemblage

50 x 80 x 7 inches

127.0 x 203.2 x 17.8 cm

signed

Snake Still-Life with Swimming Pool, 1993 mixed me...

Snake Still-Life with Swimming Pool, 1993

mixed media collage with various papers on Masonite

35 1/4 x 44 5/8 inches

89.5 x 113.3 cm

signed

Post Percussion-scape (aka P.P.S.), 2000 mixed med...

Post Percussion-scape (aka P.P.S.), 2000

mixed media assemblage

15 3/4 x 27 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches

40.0 x 70.5 x 6.3 cm

signed

A Page, 2000 wood, metal, plastic, paint and leath...

A Page, 2000

wood, metal, plastic, paint and leather assemblage

22 1/2 x 14 x 3 1/2 inches

57.1 x 35.6 x 8.9 cm

signed

Untitled, 2008 intaglio print on paper 17 x 13 1/4...

Untitled, 2008

intaglio print on paper

17 x 13 1/4 inches

43.2 x 33.7 cm

signed

My Terrible Stomach, 1964/2015 assemblage of wood,...

My Terrible Stomach, 1964/2015

assemblage of wood, metal, plastic, rubber and string

86 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches

219.7 x 62.2 x 36.8 cm

signed

Monkey Fur, 1979-2016 assemblage of found objects...

Monkey Fur, 1979-2016

assemblage of found objects

63 x 26 x 15 inches

160.0 x 66.0 x 38.1 cm



Artists


Press Release

“You can define my work conceptual, as you can call it sensual. I like to think there’s less to read and more to touch, less to say and more to feel…no, I can’t say that, it’s too poetical. Sculpture strikes me as being deaf and dumb. It’s a necessity, more than anything else, a way to escape from all the rules with which you were brought up.”
—Nancy Grossman, in an interview with Stefano Pasquini, NY Arts Magazine, December 2000

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery celebrates the 80th birthday of the incomparable Nancy Grossman, a master of sculpture, drawing and collage known for her audacious use of materials to create striking works inspired by the human condition. On the occasion of this milestone, we recall our rich history with the artist—the gallery has exclusively represented Grossman since 1997—and we present a selection of works from every decade of her remarkable career. Here, we spotlight a sampling of works for which she is known, from her seminal abstract relief assemblages and her pioneering sculptural heads to dynamic collages and haunting drawings.

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery has consistently shown Grossman’s work, presenting to-date five solo exhibitions. In 2000, the gallery mounted Nancy Grossman: Loud Whispers, Four Decades of Assemblage, Collage, and Sculpture (2000) which was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with new scholarship by Lowery Stokes Sims; this exhibition traveled to the Greenville County Museum of Art (SC) and Savannah College of Art and Design (GA). Between 2007 to 2016, three focused exhibitions were organized and they include, Nancy Grossman: Drawings (2007); Nancy Grossman: Combustion Scapes (2011); and a spotlight solo presentation at Frieze Masters in London (2016) titled Nancy Grossman: The 1960s. In 2014, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery presented its fifth solo exhibition for the artist—Nancy Grossman: The Edge of Always, Constructions from the 1960s—which was awarded Best Show in a Commercial Space in New York by the International Art Critics Association of America. Additionally, the gallery has included Grossman’s work in over fifteen landmark group exhibitions, including Collage: Made in America (1995); Fiber and Form: The Woman’s Legacy (1996); True Grit (2000); METAL: American Sculpture, 1945-1970 (2016); and Art of Defiance: Radical Materials (2019). She is currently featured in the gallery’s exhibition Paper Power.

Born in New York City in 1940, Grossman attended Pratt Institute, earning her BFA degree in 1962 and, in 1965, she received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. At this time, Grossman began creating her famous sculptures of heads, which she carefully carved in found wood, overlaid with leather, and then adorned with zippers, glass eyes, enamel noses, spikes and straps. Along with her related collages and drawings, these works contain the central aspects of Grossman’s art: an embrace of gender ambiguity, an interest in formal contradiction and conflict, and a rich sensuality. Throughout her impressive career, Grossman has received a steady flow of accolades, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1984), a National Academician Award from the National Academy Museum (1994), a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (1996-97), a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2001), and a Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award (2008). In 2012, the Tang Museum at Skidmore College presented Nancy Grossman: Tough Life Diary, a five-decade survey accompanied by a published comprehensive monograph.

In recent years, Grossman has been featured in various major exhibitions, including Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980 (2017) and Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (2018) at The Met Breuer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Art After Stonewall, 1969 to 1989, organized by the Grey Art Gallery of New York University (2019). Her work is represented in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including the Art Institute of Chicago (IL); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC); Israel Museum (Jerusalem); The Menil Collection (Houston, TX); The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas, TX); Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC); and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY). Grossman continues to live and work in Brooklyn, NY.