“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.