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Artist:
Patricia Cronin, born 1963  Search this
Sitter:
Deborah Kass, born 1952  Search this
Patricia Cronin, born 1963  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
68.6 × 213.4 × 137.2cm (27 × 84 × 54")
Type:
Sculpture
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York\Brooklyn
Date:
modeled 2002, cast 2013
Exhibition Label:
In 2002, the cross-disciplinary artist Patricia Cronin carved a Carrara marble self-portrait with her then partner, now wife, the pioneering feminist artist Deborah Kass. Conceived in the tradition of nineteenth-century funerary sculptures, Memorial to a Marriage presents two influential feminist artists and life partners in an eternal embrace. As a powerful commentary on gender, sexuality, and marriage, it tells both a transcendent story and one that is historically and culturally significant. The work was made a decade before Cronin and Kass were granted the right to marry in their home state of New York. After creating the original marble sculpture for New York City’s historic Woodlawn Cemetery, Cronin made three bronze casts of the work, one of which is shown here.
En 2002, la artista interdisciplinaria Patricia Cronin esculpió en mármol de Carrara un autorretrato con su entonces compañera y ahora esposa, Deborah Kass, pionera del arte feminista. Siguiendo la tradición de las esculturas funerarias del siglo XIX, Memorial to a Marriage presenta a estas dos influyentes artistas feministas y compañeras de vida enlazadas en un abrazo eterno. Con un impactante comentario sobre el género, la sexualidad y el matri- monio, la obra narra una historia trascendental, de significado histórico y cultural, ya que fue realizada diez años antes de que Cronin y Kass obtuvieran el derecho de casarse en el estado de Nueva York, donde residían. Después de completar la escultura original de mármol para el histórico Cementerio de Woodlawn, en Nueva York, Cronin hizo tres versiones en bronce, entre ellas esta.
Topic:
Indeterminable  Search this
Self-portrait  Search this
Deborah Kass: Female  Search this
Deborah Kass: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
Deborah Kass: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist  Search this
Deborah Kass: Rome Prize  Search this
Patricia Cronin: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Patricia Cronin: Female  Search this
Patricia Cronin: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist  Search this
Patricia Cronin: Rome Prize  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Chuck Close
Object number:
C/NPG.2016.119
Restrictions & Rights:
© 2002 Patricial Cronin
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_C_NPG.2016.119