Patricia Cronin
American, born 1963
Selected exhibitions
Patricia Cronin at The Armory Show 2017,
Patricia Cronin
Patricia Cronin: Shrine for Girls, New York,
The FLAG Art Foundation
Patricia Cronin - Shrine for Girls: a solo Collateral Show at the 56th Venice Biennale,
The Brooklyn Rail Curatorial Projects

Since the early 1990s, Patricia Cronin has been reflecting the world back at itself in her paintings, sculptures, and installations, asserting her own feminist, lesbian perspective, and unflinchingly critiquing gender, marriage, and political inequalities. Steeped in art history, and influenced by Philip Pearlstein and Lee Bontecou and the personal politics in the work of Joan Semmel and Carolee Schneemann, Cronin addresses lesbianism and female sexuality in her work. As she describes: “Besides reinvigorating traditional forms and injecting my specific contemporary political content, I think the main question all throughout my work—my career—has been: whose life has value? Whose body has value? And who decides?” Memorial to a Marriage (2002) exemplifies Cronin’s approach. Tender and daring, it is a gravestone showing herself and her partner, Deborah Kass, sleeping in loving embrace in …

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