Biography

b. December 23, 1939, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
d. October 21, 1995, New York, New York

Nancy Graves was an American artist working across a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, print-making, and film. Her personal aesthetic emerged in the later 1960s in the form of realistic life-size sculptures of camels. These works were associated with her childhood memories of taxidermy animals in the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and in the idioms of Abstract Expressionism taught at the Yale University School of Art where she was a student in the early 1960s.

All images © 2014 Nancy Graves Foundation, Inc / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.  Images may not be reproduced in any form without permission from the foundation.

Nancy Graves’s work is included in many public collections, notably those of The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. The Nancy Graves Foundation was established in 1996 through a provision of the artist's Last Will and Testament to give grants to individual artists and to maintain an archive of her life and work and organize exhibitions of her art.