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View of “Nancy Graves,” 2013–14.

Nancy Graves

Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst

View of “Nancy Graves,” 2013–14.

Nancy Graves is probably best remembered for her life-size, ostensibly realistic camel sculptures. When, in the late 1960s, über-collector Peter Ludwig discovered his passion for contemporary art—at the time, mainly for US Pop art—he acquired Graves’s Kenya Dromedary and Mongolian Bactrian, both 1969, for his newly established Aachen museum, Neue Galerie Sammlung Ludwig. The camels were a hit. And this didn’t change when they later moved into the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, where the furry creatures stood stoically next to works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Duane Hanson, and Chuck Close—Graves’s colleagues and companions, but bad company, perhaps, for the Dromedary and the Bactrian, which were then repeatedly and erroneously placed in the context of Pop and hyperrealism.

In any case, Graves—who died of cancer in 1995, at the age of

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