New York

Nancy Graves

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

The “Projects” of Nancy Graves presently on view at the Museum of Modern Art is primarily composed of the sculpture, Variability and Repetition of Variable Structures.

Thirty-eight vertical poles stand like sunflowers or flamingos, separated from each other by planned intervals and covered with a multitude of forms to create the atmosphere of a jungle or the most tropical room of a greenhouse. With painted tarlatan and wax, Graves has modeled a variety of organisms, shells, plant forms, and animal parts. Since the feeling of being surrounded by movement and foliage is at first overwhelming, one cannot grasp any single event. Only after the unity of the environment is absorbed does the viewer begin to perceive the plethora of forms, while discerning the vertical structures which counterpoint the smaller and constantly changing rhythms. Similar to her earlier archeological simulations, Graves

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