Joan Nelson

American, b. 1958

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Joan Nelson

American, b. 1958

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As a critic once wrote about the landscapes of Joan Nelson: “There is, in short, nothing natural about these exquisitely fabricated nature scenes.” Nelson’s paradoxical twining of the natural and the artificial is in keeping with an established tradition of landscape painting and photography that includes, among others, the Hudson River School, photographer Carleton Watkins, and German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. In her thickly painted panels, Nelson tames the wilderness, presenting pristine, perfect views suggestive of a longing for, and remoteness from, the natural world.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Biography

As a critic once wrote about the landscapes of Joan Nelson: “There is, in short, nothing natural about these exquisitely fabricated nature scenes.” Nelson’s paradoxical twining of the natural and the artificial is in keeping with an established tradition of landscape painting and photography that includes, among others, the Hudson River School, photographer Carleton Watkins, and German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. In her thickly painted panels, Nelson tames the wilderness, presenting pristine, perfect views suggestive of a longing for, and remoteness from, the natural world.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more