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Installation view of Nancy Graves: Drawings, 1971–1973

Installation view of Nancy Graves: Drawings, 1971–1973. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York.

Nancy Graves: Drawings, 1971–1973

Wednesday, April 3, 1974
Sunday, May 5, 1974

Nancy Graves worked across a diverse array of mediums, including sculpture, painting, print-making, and film. The exhibition Nancy Graves: Drawings, 1971–1973 featured twenty-six of the artist’s recent drawings. All the drawings related to Graves’s films, three of which—Izy Boukir, 1970; Aves: Magnificent Frigate Bird, Great Flamingo, 1973; Reflections on the Moon, 1974—were screened as part of the exhibition opening. The artist herself was in attendance at the screening and provided commentary on the films, describing how they all related to her ongoing interest in mapping. “The map is a systematic presentation on a surface of the nature and distribution of phenomena in space,” the artist commented. “Maps and charts visualize what is abstract in nature as well as what is too immense to be seen.”

Installation view of Nancy Graves: Drawings, 1971–1973

Installation view of Nancy Graves: Drawings, 1971–1973. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York.

The exhibition was precipitated by the museum's acquisition of Graves’s Grand Canyon of Mars—5,000 kilometers along Martian Equator, 1973. Later in the decade, the Albright-Knox organized an important traveling retrospective of the artist's work, Nancy Graves: A Survey 1969–1980.

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