- Oil on canvas , 1983
96 x 96 in
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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.
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.