Edward Kienholz’s collaboration with his wife Nancy Reddin Kienholz began in 1972, when they met in Los Angeles. Edward had been an active artist for decades prior to meeting Nancy, a photojournalist. In their collaboration, the Kienholzes further developed the quasi-autobiographical, assemblage installations that Edward was famous for. Together, they created the biggest and most ambitious installation either had ever produced: Hoerengracht (1983-88), a life-size rendition of a 1980s Amsterdam brothel district. In speaking about their work with her husband, Nancy once told a critic: “As Ed would have said, it’s always so much more fun when there are scandalized patrons.” Their works together have addressed issues of racial discrimination, women’s rights, and the Vietnam War.