March 18, 2021
Ann Craven in conversation with Jessamine Batario
The Brooklyn Rail
March 23, 2021, 1PM
Artist Ann Craven joins art historian and Rail guest critic Jessamine Batario for a conversation over Zoom.
Ann Craven (b. 1967, Boston, MA) is known for her lush, serial portraits of the moon, birds, and flowers, as well as her painted bands of color. After completing each work, she dates and titles each palette, rendering it a unique and isolated index of her process. Craven’s predilection for the copy—both from referent photographs and from her own plein air paintings—is both an homage to Pop Art and an exploration of remembrance. As she explains, “My paintings are a result of mere observation, experiment, and chance, and contain a variable that is constant and ever-changing—the moment just past.” Craven presented her first retrospective, titled TIME and curated by Yann Chevalier, at Le Confort Moderne in Poitiers, France in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, Maine (2019); Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (2019); Karma, New York (2018); Sothard Reid, London (2017); Maccarone, New York (2016); among others.
Craven’s solo show, Animals Birds Flowers Moons, is currently on display at Karma. Her paintings are in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; New Museum, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, among others.
Jessamine Batario is an art historian of modern and contemporary art. She received her PhD in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin. Batario currently lives in Waterville, Maine, where she is the Linde Family Foundation Curator of Academic Engagement at the Colby College Museum of Art.
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