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Nancy Grossman: Loud Whispers, Four Decades of Assemblage, Collage, and Sculpture

November 2, 2000 – January 13, 2001

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ArtNews, March 2001

by Cynthia Nadelman

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The New York Times, January 12, 2001

by Grace Glueck

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NY Arts, December 2000

by Stefano Pasquini

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Press Release

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition featuring the work of Nancy Grossman. Nancy Grossman: Loud Whispers includes thirty assemblages, collages and sculpture dating from the early 1960s to the present, offering an overview of the artist’s career. Internationally recognized for her diverse and provocative mixed-media work, Grossman has consistently explored the human condition and its physical environment. Whether collage, relief, assemblage or mixed-media sculpture, her work is foremost concerned with its own process. In the catalogue essay for this exhibition, Lowery Stokes Sims states: “While many collagists draw us into the romance of the object, Grossman’s work draws us into the raw violence of the discard, the discharge, the eruption of life and nature and the decay…[Grossman] was ‘led to collage’ by the potential for sensuousness and the idea that ‘objects are in the world – existing in life and getting away from it at the same time.’”

Nancy Grossman, born in New York City, grew up on a working farm in Oneonta, New York. Life on a rural farm with parents in the garment manufacturing business shaped Grossman’s artistic vision and influenced her choice of materials. Collage assemblages of the 1960s and 1970s contain within their surfaces machinery parts, metal signs, wooden scraps and torn leather

apparel; collages of the 1980s and 1990s are threaded with personal paper memorabilia and remnants from the Chinatown neighborhood, where her studio was located for thirty-five years. A student of Richard Lindner at Pratt Institute (1957-1962), Grossman received her BA in 1962. That same year, she traveled on an Ida C. Haskell Award for Foreign Travel to Europe, where she made her first collages. In 1964, the Krasner Gallery in New York mounted Grossman’s first solo exhibition, and in 1968, her leather-covered sculpture heads for which she is most noted first appeared at Cordier and Ekstrom Gallery, New York. Remarkably, in 1970 Grossman had five solo exhibitions; yet it was not until 1991, when the Hillwood Art Museum organized her first traveling retrospective exhibition, that the scope of her oeuvre was revealed. Grossman is represented in numerous museum collections including The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Museum of American Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Grossman lives and continues to work in Brooklyn, New York.

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