Morris Graves

American, 1910–2001

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Morris Graves

American, 1910–2001

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Morris Graves painted surrealistic still-lifes of symbols and objects drawn from nature and Eastern religions. A transcendentalist, Graves eschewed modern, urban conveniences and stylistic trends in favor of a reclusive life and pared-down, metaphysical images. “I paint to evolve a changing language of symbols,” Graves said, “a language with which to remark upon the qualities of our mysterious capacities, which direct us toward ultimate reality.” Graves depicted birds, snakes, moons, flowers, and circles in dream-like arrangements in order to fuse reality, spirituality, and imagination, thereby unlocking new modes of human perception.

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Solo show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Whitney Biennial
Biography

Morris Graves painted surrealistic still-lifes of symbols and objects drawn from nature and Eastern religions. A transcendentalist, Graves eschewed modern, urban conveniences and stylistic trends in favor of a reclusive life and pared-down, metaphysical images. “I paint to evolve a changing language of symbols,” Graves said, “a language with which to remark upon the qualities of our mysterious capacities, which direct us toward ultimate reality.” Graves depicted birds, snakes, moons, flowers, and circles in dream-like arrangements in order to fuse reality, spirituality, and imagination, thereby unlocking new modes of human perception.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
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