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August 26, 2009 

MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Massella
202-994-3087; massella@gwu.edu
LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY:
202-994-1525

GW'S LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY PRESENTS
NANCY GRAVES: INSPIRED VISION - SCULPTURE, PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS
SEPT. 9 - OCT. 23, 2009

EVENT: 

The George Washington University's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery presents the exhibition Nancy Graves: Inspired Vision - Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings. The exhibition features works borrowed from the Nancy Graves Foundation of New York and Luther W. Brady, M.D.

WHEN: 

Exhibition Dates: Sept. 9 - Oct. 23, 2009
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WHERE: 

The George Washington University
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
Media and Public Affairs Building, 2nd Floor
805 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue and Orange lines)

COST: 

This exhibit is free and open to the public. Members of the media wishing to attend should contact Nick Massella at 202-994-3087 or massella@gwu.edu.

BACKGROUND:

The internationally recognized artist Nancy Graves (1939-1995) is mainly known for her sculpture but also produced paintings and drawings that parallel her three-dimensional work. The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will exhibit works in all three media. The works, borrowed from the Nancy Graves Foundation of New York and the collection of Luther W. Brady, M.D., span three decades and show the artist's use of a variety of organic and man-made sources. Each sculpture is a complex assemblage of pieces that could be found in nature joined to the art historical remnants of previous civilizations. The largest sculpture, "Herself Most Drawn," combines a large sunflower with other natural forms while a scaley texture creeps up toward a fragment of a colorful capital. This rather weighty and bold work is balanced by a delicate suite of 12 drawings on graph paper depicting snakes, Native American costume and cave paintings. Many of Graves' subjects were likely drawn from her interest in and study of anthropology. She is agraduate of Vassar College and received an M.F.A. from Yale School of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring an essay by Zina Davis and produced by the Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford for their exhibition, Nancy Graves: Inspired Vision, from which our exhibition was derived.

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is the professional showcase for art at GW. Luther W. Brady (B.A. '46, M.D. '48), the gallery's namesake and benefactor, is a world-renowned oncologist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at GW. He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from GW in May 2004 and has served as a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

For more information on the exhibit, please call GW's University Art Galleries at 202-994-1525.

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