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Nancy Shaver Biography

Born in Appleton, New York, in 1946

Lives in Jefferson, New York


1969Pratt Institute, New York; BFA

One-Person Exhibitions

2013“in place,” John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2011“Three sisters, four beauties, and a workhorse,” Feature Inc., New York

2007Feature Inc., New York

2004Feature Inc., New York

2003Feature Inc., New York

2002“Painted Sculpture,” Feature Inc., New York

1999Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

1997Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

1994Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

1991Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

1989Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

1987Feature, Chicago
Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

1974Hundred Acres Gallery, New York

1972Pratt Manhattan Center, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013“Art-Link,” Foundation Gallery, Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson, NY
Group exhibition, The Artist’s Institute, New York; curated by Haim Steinbach

2012“Punt,” Feature Inc., New York
“Peekskill Project V: The New Hudson River School,” Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
“Everyday Abstract – Abstract Everyday,” James Cohan Gallery, New York; curated by Matthew Higgs
“Creature from the Blue Lagoon,” Martos Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY; organized by Bob Nickas
“Exhibition of Works by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards,” American Academy of
    Arts and Letters, New York
“Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts,” National Academy of Arts and Letters, New York

2011“self-referral nonobjective,” Feature Inc., New York
“bodybraingame,” Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

2010“Francis Cape – The Other End of the Line,” The High Line, New York; group exhibition component curated by
    Ian Berry
“Long Long Gone,” Leo Koenig Inc., New York
“Wall-to-Wall,” Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
“The Jewel Thief,” The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY;
     curated by Ian Berry and Jessica Stockholder
“Skulture,” Feature Inc., New York

2009“One loses one’s classics,” White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
“Populate This Form,” Feature Inc., New York

2008“Begin Again Right Back Here,” White Columns, New York; curated by B. Wurtz
Public Project, Albany International Airport, Albany, NY (with Tammy Dudman)
“History, Use, & Borrowed Landscape,” John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY; curated by Nancy Shaver
“Rose Colored Glasses,” Gavin Brown’s Enterprise @ Passerby, New York
“Shit,” Feature Inc., New York

2005 “The sun rises in the evening.,” Feature Inc., New York
“Honey Bunches,” Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston

2004 “About Painting,” Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs,
     NY (catalogue)
“Grass and Honey,” Champion Fine Art, Brooklyn; curated by David Shaw (catalogue)

2003“Tony Feher, Arturo Herrera, Nancy Shaver and Richard Tuttle,” Brent Sikkema, New York
“Lumpenedlyness,” Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC; curated by Hudson
“Contra/Post,” JG Contemporary, New York; curated Joe Fyfe
“Living with Duchamp,” Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

2001“Another, once again, many times more.,” Feature Inc., New York
“Private View: Daphne Fitzpatrick/Nancy Shaver/Amy Sillman/Kara Walker,” Brent Sikkema, New York
“Six Contemporary Artists; Polly Apfelbaum, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Nancy Shaver, Amy Sillman, Lorna Simpson,
     Kara Walker,” Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY; curated by Michael Jenkins (brochure)

2000“Open the Pod Bay Door, Hal,” Feature Inc., New York

1999Matthew Marks Gallery, New York; curated by Robert Gober
Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

1998“Coming off the Wall,” Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA

1996“Works on Paper,” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

1995Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
“Sculpture as Objects: 1915–1995,” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York; in collaboration with Timothy Baum (catalogue)
“Representational Drawings,” Feature Inc., New York
“I Gaze a Gazely Stare,” Feature Inc,. New York
“Papiers Choisis,” Galerie Montenay, Paris
“Strung Into the Apollonian Dream...,” Feature Inc., New York

1994“Can You Always Believe Your Eyes: Recent American Drawings,” Museum of Contemporary Art De Beyard, Breda,
     Netherlands; curated by Rob Peree and Lydia Schouten (catalogue)

1993“Les Petits Rien de la Vie,” La Galerie Volée à Une Muse, Lyon, France
Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
“Here’s Looking at Me: Contemporary Self-Portraits,” Espace Lyonnais d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France (traveling      through 1994) (catalogue)
“Yours,” Wooster Gardens, New York; curated by Michael Jenkins

1992“Drawn in the Nineties,” Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; subsequent tour organized by Independent Curators      Incorporated; curated by Joshua Smith (catalogue)
“Works on Paper,” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

1991Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

1990“Status of Sculpture,” ELAC Art Contemporain, Lyon, France; ICA London (catalogue)

1989“Nature Morte,” Galerie Montenay, Paris
“Buena Vista,” John Gibson Gallery, New York; curated by Collins & Milazzo (catalogue)
“Filling the Gap,” Feigen Inc., Chicago; curated by Saul Ostrow
“Buttinsky,” Feature, New York
“The Milky Way,” Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; curated by Stephen Westfall (catalogue)
“Poetic Objectives,” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York; curated by Gordon VeneKlasen
Galerie Georges Verney-Carron, Villeurbanne, France
“The Mirror in Which Two are Seen as One,” Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ; curated by Andrea Belag
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
“Avant 1989,” Villa Gillet, Lyon, France; curated by Haim Steinbach
“Cinderella Rockefeller,” Feature, New York
“300 Years of Still Life,” Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
“Pre-Pop, Post-Appropriation,” Stux Gallery, New York; curated by Collins and Milazzo in cooperation with
    Leo Castelli (catalogue)
“New Poverty,” Meyers/Bloom Gallery, Los Angeles; curated by Collins and Milazzo

1988“Media Post Media,” Scott Hanson Gallery, New York; curated by Collins and Milazzo (catalogue)

1987“Messages,” Carlo Lamagna Gallery, New York
“One Hand Clapping,” Karsten Schubert Ltd., London
Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
Feature, Chicago

1986Cable Gallery, New York
Feature, Chicago

1985“Vermont Photography,” Robert Hall Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

198355 Mercer Street, New York
Club 57, New York

1982Books Inc., New York

1981P.S. 122, New York

1977University Art Gallery, State University of New York, Albany, NY

1976Connecticut College Art Gallery, New London, CT

1974Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Selected Bibliography

2012Sutton, Ben. “Martos Gallery Makes for the Hamptons, Filling a Collector’s Beach House With High-Priced
     Hipster Art,” Artinfo.com, 3 August  >link
Smith, Roberta. “Like Watching Paint Thrive,” New York Times, 29 June  >link

2011Review, Goings On About Town, New Yorker, 5 December  >link
The Quilt and the Truck, with essays by Nancy Shaver and Jean-Phillipe Antoine, Publication Studio, Portland, OR
Johnson, Ken. “Self-Referral Nonobjective,” New York Times, 8 September  >link
Cotter, Holland. “New Sparkle for an Abstract Ensemble,” New York Times, 7 January, C25 (reproduction)

2010Henry at Home, with essay by Lucy Raven and interview with Nancy Shaver by Steel Stillman, Soberscove Press,

2009Cooper, Ivy. “Variety Succeeds at White Flag,” St. Louis Beacon, 28 January (reproduction)  >link
Humphrey, David and Geoff Kaplan. Blind Handshake, Periscope Publishing, Fall 2009 (reproductions)
McDade, Jackson. “Skulture Vulture”, ArtSlant.com, 27 December 2009  >link

2007Top Pick, Artcal.net, April  >link
Dunham, Carla Ruth. Review, ArtUS, Summer, 55
Gelber, Eric. Review, New York Sun, 17 May, 22
Gelber, Eric. Review, Artcritical.com, 6 June  >link
Hoggard, Barry. Bloggy.com, 24 April  >link
White, Roger. Review, Time Out New York, 17–23 May, 72

2004Bankowski, Jack. “Best of 2004,” Artforum, December, 162
Deitcher, David. “Tony Feher, Arturo Herrera, Nancy Shaver and Richard Tuttle,” Time Out New York, 8–15 January,
     64 (reproduction)

2003Holliday, Frank. “Formalism Shifted,” Gay City News, 11–17 December, 18

2002Fyfe, Joe. Review, Art in America, October, 164 (reproduction)
Naves, Mario. “Nancy Shaver: Woman on the Verge,” New York Observer, 4 February, 14
Johnson, Ken. Review, New York Times, 11 January, E44

2001Cotter, Holland. “Another, Once Again, Many Times More,” New York Times, Listings, 11 May, E38

2000Cotter, Holland. “An Impresario of Menace in Simple Things,” New York Times, 26 March, Arts section 2:1,44

1999Griffin, Tim. Review of Matthew Marks group show, Time Out New York, 19–26 August
Schjeldahl, Peter. “Selective Affinities,” New Yorker, 6 September, 86–87
Siegel, Katy. Review of Matthew Marks group show, Artforum, December, 141
Smith, Roberta. New York Times, Art Guide, 27 August
Smith, Roberta. Review of Matthew Marks group show, New York Times, 6 August
Williams, Gregory. Review of Matthew Marks group show, Frieze, November/December

1997Ebony, David. Review, Art in America, December

1994Smith, Roberta. Review, New York Times, 20 May, C16

1992Gimmelson, Deborah. “ARCO Takes Center Stage in Madrid,” Art & Auction, February, 99 (reproduction)

1991“Sinnvolle Alternativen und Erganzungen,” Berliner Kultur, 24 April
Corris, Michael. Review of “Status of Sculpture,” Artscribe, January/February, 76–77
Humphrey, David. “New York Fax,” Art Issues, November/December, 26–27
Puvogel, Renate. Review of “Status of Sculpture,” Kunstforum, May/June, 335–336
Renton, Andrew. Review, Flash Art, January/February, 136–138
Tanaka, Hiroko. “The Mediocre Objects That Portray the Artist’s Clear Personality,” Hi Fashion Magazine,
     November, 183–184

1990Bourriaud, Nicolas. “A la Lois Objet de Consommation et Objet d’Art,” Par Cats, March–May
Chaine, Stanl. “Status of Sculpture: Mais qu’est-ce que l’Art?” Expos, 20 May, 24
Cornand, Rene. Review of “Status of Sculpture,” Actualite, April
Decter, Joshua. “New York in Review,” Arts, January
Hilton, Tim. “Childish Things,” Guardian, 26 September
Johnson, Ken. Review, Art in America, March, 200–201 (reproduction)
Nesbitt, Lois. Review, Artforum, February, 134 (reproduction)
“Nieuwe Lichting Amerikaanse Beelhouwers,” Het Nieuwsblad, 8 December, 19
Paris, Wendy. Review of “Status of Sculpture,” Sculpture, September/October, 65
Tran, David. “La Sculpture, C’est pas l’Amerique!” Spectacles/Loisirs, 20 May
Westfall, Stephen. Interview, Bomb, Spring, 41–42 (reproduction)

1989Collins, Tricia, and Richard Milazzo. “Post-Appropriation and the Romantic Fallacy. Gober, Etkin, Shaver and
     Carroll,” Tema Celeste, July–September
Geer, Suvan. Los Angeles Times, 24 March
Gerstler, Amy. ArtForum, May
Knight, Christopher. Los Angeles Herald Examiner, 17 March
Pagel, David. Review, Artscribe, Summer
Rubin, Jane. Art issues, Summer

1988Nickas, Robert. “Entropia y los Nuevos Objetos,” El Paseante, no. 10
Smith, Roberta. Review of “Media Post Media,” New York Times, 15 January, C23
Virshup, Amy. Review of “Media Post Media,” New York, 25 January

1987Beaumont, Mary Rose. “One Hand Clapping,” Arts Review, August
Cameron, Dan. Review, Flash Art, November/December, 105 (reproduction)
Klein, Ellen Lee. Review, Arts, December, 102
Levin, Kim. Village Voice, Choices, 6 October
Indiana, Gary. “Really Real,” Village Voice, 13 October, 99 (reproduction)
Smith, Roberta. Review, New York Times, 2 October

1983Friedman, Jon. Arts, June, 33
Russell, John. Review, New York Times, 8 April


2013An installation of objects from Nancy Shaver’s store Henry is part of the exhibition “Haim Steinbach: Once Again the
    World Is Flat,” Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2008Incident Report (experimental viewing station for visual projects), Hudson, NY

Awards and Honors

2010Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship

2008Anonymous Was a Woman

1993Pollack-Krasner Foundation

1974Yaddo Fellowship

1973MacDowell Fellowship

1972MacDowell Fellowship



2011Senior Artist in Residence, Terra Foundation, Giverney, France
Visiting Artist, Northwestern University, Graduate program

2010Visiting Artist, Vassar College


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