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.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
ICA Miami, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Edward and Nancy Kienholz: The Merry-Go-World or Begat by Chance and the Wonder Horse TriggerL.A. Louver
2017
Edward and Nancy KienholzICA Miami
2016
Kienholz TelevisionsL.A. Louver
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Jody, Jody, Jody, 1993-1994

Mixed media tableau
Location
Milan, Venice, Milano, Miami

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.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
ICA Miami, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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