1972
Nancy Graves
American, 1940-1995

Acrylic and ink on canvas
102 1/16 x 72 inches

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1985
Nancy Graves
American, 1940-1995

Bronze and stainless steel with polyurethane paint
92 3/4 x 70 x 31 1/2 inches

Nancy Graves established herself as an artist in the late 1960s with an exhibition of realistic, life-size camels. Fabricated out of wood, steel, burlap, polyurethane, animal hide, wax, and oil paint, these sculptures appeared to be taken directly from a natural history museum, and they asserted the artist’s interest in science and history. Graves returned to sculpture in the 1980s after a hiatus dedicated to painting, still interested in science and nature, but far from her camels of the late 1960s.

In Wheelabout, Graves combines the shapes and forms found in nature with...

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