Nancy Graves


(Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 1939 - 1995, New York, New York)


Screenprint on paper

22 1/4 x 27 1/2 in. (56.6 x 69.9 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Carolyn K. Carr in memory of Louis S. Myers


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An accomplished sculptor, painter and filmmaker, Nancy Graves explored the relationship between nature and abstraction throughout her career. For 'Vertigo,' which she created as a benefit for the Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York, Graves reintroduced elements of mapping that she had earlier explored in paintings and prints. Graves drew upon satellite maps of the surface of the moon and sea floor, as well as her observations of the relationship between spatial depth and patterns when she filmed camel herds in Morocco in 1970, as sources. In 'Vertigo,' the artist exploits disparities of scale, using prominent dots of color and swirling lines to draw attention to the composition from afar. These are superimposed over a detailed topographical view that invites close inspection.


signed "N. S. Graves '80", and AP 11/12 and dedicated "For Carolyn"

Abstract art