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Nancy Grossman has been plumbing the depths of her psyche for more than 50 years, in muscular, exquisitely crafted collages, drawings, assemblages, and sculptures. “The whole exciting, important thing about art has to do with being out of control,” she has said. Working primarily with found objects and textiles, she combines materials with a precision gained from a childhood spent on a farm and working in her parents’ textile factory. Through a fruitful friendship with Romare Bearden, she honed her collage-making techniques. Her works range from abstract compositions borne out of her own churning thoughts, drives, and emotions, to masculine figurative sculptures. Grossman is best known for her evocative sculptures of heads, produced between the late 1960s and 1990. Carved of wood and covered in black leather studded with zippers, spikes, and straps, they are portraits of the artist—and of us.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Drawn Together AgainThe FLAG Art Foundation
2014
Nancy Grossman: The Edge of Always, Constructions from the 1960sMichael Rosenfeld Gallery
2013
personal, political, mysteriousThe FLAG Art Foundation
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Purple Glass, 1966

Metal, leather, wood, fabric, glass and rawhide assemblage on canvas mounted on plywood
49 1/4 × 37 1/2 × 6 in
125.1 × 95.3 × 15.2 cm
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Nancy Grossman has been plumbing the depths of her psyche for more than 50 years, in muscular, exquisitely crafted collages, drawings, assemblages, and sculptures. “The whole exciting, important thing about art has to do with being out of control,” she has said. Working primarily with found objects and textiles, she combines materials with a precision gained from a childhood spent on a farm and working in her parents’ textile factory. Through a fruitful friendship with Romare Bearden, she honed her collage-making techniques. Her works range from abstract compositions borne out of her own churning thoughts, drives, and emotions, to masculine figurative sculptures. Grossman is best known for her evocative sculptures of heads, produced between the late 1960s and 1990. Carved of wood and covered in black leather studded with zippers, spikes, and straps, they are portraits of the artist—and of us.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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Other works from Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
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