Nancy Graves, ‘Slaying the Dragon’, 1990, Alpha 137 Gallery

One of our favorite Nancy Graves sculptures; the symbolism of "Slaying the Dragon" is significant and powerful -- representative of Graves' greatest vision and accomplishments as an artist, demonstrating her preoccupation with mythology and animals and her distinct style of Abstract Expressionism. Unique, dramatic and impressive. (Nancy Graves was the first woman to receive a solo retrospective at the Whitney Museum. An important and very original sculptor, was once married to Richard Serra, whom she met at Yale School of Art in the early 1960s). She died of breast cancer at the young age of only 58. If you collect Nancy Graves sculptures - there are few finer works on the market that we've seen.

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Provenance:
Christie's New York: Monday, January 14, 2008 [Lot 00202]
Post War and Contemporary Art

Signature: signed, titled and dated '"SLAYING THE DRAGON" N.S. GRAVES x-19-90' (on the base)

About Nancy Graves

The first female artist to receive a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Nancy Graves emerged from 1970s New York alongside fellow artists Lynda Benglis and Richard Serra. Graves works in a style distinct from her postminimalist peers’, creating works that range from representation to abstraction. Inspired by the natural universe and science, she painted expressive compositions drawn from satellite imagery and weather systems. She is perhaps best known for Camels (1968), a trio of life-size animals that referenced taxidermy, using burlap, wax, fiberglass, and animal skin to hyperrealistic sculptural effects. Graves’s prolific practice expanded to eventually include assemblage, film, and gouache works on paper.

American, 1939-1995, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

2015
2013
Nancy Graves: Synecdoche