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Patricia Cronin

American, b. 1963

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Patricia Cronin

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American, b. 1963

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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 bed—defiantly memorializing their illegalized love.

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Biography

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 bed—defiantly memorializing their illegalized love.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Brooklyn Museum
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Patricia Cronin
The Stories Behind 5 of The Armory Show’s Largest Artworks
Mar 3rd, 2017
The Stories Behind 5 of The Armory Show’s Largest Artworks
What Artists Can Learn from Teaching
Nov 16th, 2016
What Artists Can Learn from Teaching
The Pioneering Women Who Championed Sexually Explicit Art
Sep 20th, 2016
The Pioneering Women Who Championed Sexually Explicit Art
11 Artists Who Helped Pave the Way to Marriage Equality
Jul 1st, 2015
11 Artists Who Helped Pave the Way to Marriage Equality
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