Parrish Art Museum Midsummer Party
JULY 2013

The Parrish Art Museum's midsummer party last weekend took place in the museum's new Herzog & de Meuron-designed building on the east end of Long Island. Opened in November 2012, the 34,400-square-foot structure allows the museum to show its permanent collection alongside temporary exhibitions—something it had never been able to do—and the response "has been overwhelming," director Terrie Sultan told A.i.A. "We knew that the community was hungry for a place like this one, but the response has exceeded even our optimistic projections—our membership has tripled, attendance is through the roof and we've received wonderful new donations from artists and collectors."


Patricia Cronin has been awarded
a 2013-14 Leonard and Claire Tow Professorship

Brooklyn College of The City University of New York

Leonard and Claire Tow Professorships To provide two-year professorships to members of the faculty whose talents and accomplishments are of a particularly high order—for example, distinguished teachers, nationally and internationally renowned scholars, and artists with national reputations. The professorships enable the college to retain distinguished faculty who might otherwise be lured away. Nominations are made by department chairpersons and top candidates are chosen by a presidential advisory committee. Recipients are then chosen by the President, in consultation with the Provost and the Board of the Brooklyn College Foundation.


NYC 1993: Experimental, Jet Set, Trash and No Star
new museum, new york, ny

february 13 - may 26 2013

“NYC 1993” looks at art made and exhibited in New York over the course of one year, providing a synchronic panorama in which established artists and emerging figures of the time are presented alongside the work of authors whose influence has since faded from the discussion. Centering on the year 1993, the exhibition is conceived as a time capsule, an experiment in collective memory that attempts to capture a specific moment at the intersection of art, pop culture, and politics.


Interview : Patricia Cronin
zing magazine

April 2013

In February this year, the New Museum opened the much discussed and ambiguously criticized exhibit, “NYC 1993: Experimental, Jet Set, Trash and No Star,” a show featuring dozens of artists from the era of Gen-X and the culture wars, blue nail polish and grunge. Twenty years ago, one of those artists, Patricia Cronin, was just beginning her career with a Polaroid photograph series controversial for the portrayal of frank eroticism from a woman’s perspective, and alternative sexuality including same-sex twosomes and moresomes back in the day of the AIDS crisis and don’t-ask-don’t-tell.


Found in Translation - Chasing Dante's Inferno
with Mary Jo Bang and Patricia Cronin

the weeklings

march 2013

Mary Jo Bang’s new translation of Inferno and Patricia Cronin’s paintings inspired by the poem are two examples of the Inferno’s transgressive potential realized in the collapse of borders not only spiritual, but geopolitical and temporal as well. Bang’s Inferno translates the 14th century Italian to 21st century English while including references to music, literature, political figures, and popular culture of the present, just as Dante himself did for his contemporaries, while additionally providing notes that offer an invaluable history of the text and its many translations. Also like Dante, Bang is first a poet, and her translation privileges the rhythm and flow of her text over a pedantic interpretation.


Gatsby Revisited in the Age of "The One Percent"

MARCH 13 - APRIL 15 2013


Patricia Cronin: fordPROJECT

march 2013

Titled “Dante: The Way of All Flesh” and curated by Kara Finnerty, Patricia Cronin’s incendiary exhibition was dominated by a series of large oil paintings depicting individual nude figures. Although some were rendered with loving attention to muscular and skeletal details, these bodies were not exhibiting themselves for the viewer’s delectation. Instead, they were shown roasting in agony.


Love Potions: Art and the Heart

february 2013

Despite an overall reluctance among contemporary artists to deal with issues of the heart, more than a few tell great stories of romance and heartbreak.


"Patricia Cronin: All Is Not Lost"
nominated for Best University Gallery Show

international association of art critics

february 2013

"Patricia Cronin: All Is Not Lost" exhibition at Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA is nominated for Best University Gallery show by the International Association of Art Critics United States. 


Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2012 List
“The Renaissance Woman”—Patricia Cronin

velvet park
december 28 2012

While the art world clamors for the new and emerging talent, it is so much more satisfying to immerse oneself in the works of the consummate veterans of the art world. With a list of prizes (including the The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and the Rome Prize), as well as a string of museum shows, Patricia Cronin is perhaps the most under-recognized critically acclaimed artist in New York. Cronin is married to a previous Top 25 recipient, artist Deborah Kass, who appears in one of Cronin’s most celebrated pieces, “Memorial to A Marriage,” a sculpted gravestone of the couple at Woodlawn Cemetery, where the two plan to be buried. This year Cronin’s year-end show, Dante: The Way of All Flesh, explores the excesses and betrayals of corporate culture in the guise of her signature neo-classical flair.


Look at This! Patricia Cronin at fordPROJECT
Gallerist NY
november 29 2012

Need a bit of warmth this winter? Then you should absolutely check out Patricia Cronin’s new show at fordPROJECT. “Dante: The Way of All Flesh,” curated by Kara Finnerty, offers views of the artist’s version of hell, by way of vividly contorted bodies done with oil and watercolor. She’s also done a handful of drawings in bleach of contemporary figures, like Donald Rumsfeld, who might be found in the Ninth Circle in a contemporary version of The Inferno. Cronin’s best-known work is probably Memorial to a Marriage (2002), a mortuary statue of the artist and her wife Deborah Kass, which will ultimately serve as their headstone at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. Sometime before then, though, check out this show, which closes on Dec. 21.


InConversation : Patricia Cronin with Phong Bui
Brooklyn rail
november 2012

While preparing for her forthcoming solo show Dante: The Way of All Flesh at fordProject (November 8 – December 21, 2012) Patricia Cronin welcomed Rail publisher Phong Bui to her Gowanus studio one late Sunday morning to view the new body of work and to discuss her art and life.


Dante: The Way Of All Flesh
ford project, new york, ny
november 8 - december 21, 2012

“Hell is the state of the world as seen by an exile whose experience has taught him no longer to trust the world's values." -John Freccero

fordPROJECT is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Patricia Cronin, on view at the gallery’s 19th and 20th floor spaces.

Dante: The Way Of All Flesh is a meditation on the human condition, using Dante Alighieri’s Inferno as a point of departure. Comprised of oil paintings and watercolors, Cronin continues Dante’s exploration of justice and revenge using her own expressive language. This new cycle of figurative works are representative of the artist’s response to our current global circumstances. By focusing on the human form, Cronin reinforces the concept of our shared humanity, albeit from the perspective of a disillusioned present.


Artist Talk : All Is Not Lost
victoria and albert museum, london, uk
hichhauser auditorium, sackler centre

tuesday october 16, 2012, 13:00

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Join New York conceptual artist Patricia Cronin as she talks about her work, which critiques issues of sexuality, gender and class through the reinvention of traditional art forms. A discussion and Q&A session led by Amy Mechowski, Assistant Curator of Sculpture, will follow, focusing on the ways in which Patricia's work relates to objects in the V&A collections. 13.00-13.45


Watch Your Step
flag art foundation, new york, ny
june 7 - august 24, 2012

The FLAG Art Foundation is proud to present Watch Your Step, a group exhibition of floor works on view June 7 through August 24, 2012.

Watch Your Step surveys a series of floor sculptures by 21 artists in a diverse range of media including found objects, handmade materials, and traditional mediums such as bronze, steel, and marble. The exhibition recalibrates the viewer's perspective, moving it from eye-to ground-level and, in some instances, forcing the viewer to literally watch one's step upon encountering the works. The featured works address themes such as repetition, the relationship between the part and the whole, the human form, and nature.


Museums, Equality and Social Justice
edited by richard sandell, eithne nightingale
routledge, june 2012

The last two decades have seen concerns for equality, diversity, social justice and human rights move from the margins of museum thinking and practice, to the core. The arguments – both moral and pragmatic – for engaging diverse audiences, creating the conditions for more equitable access to museum resources, and opening up opportunities for participation, now enjoy considerable consensus in many parts of the world. A growing number of institutions are concerned to construct new narratives that represent a plurality of lived experiences, histories and identities which aim to nurture support for more progressive, ethically-informed ways of seeing and to actively inform contemporary public debates on often contested rights-related issues. At the same time it would be misleading to suggest an even and uncontested transition from the museum as an organisation that has been widely understood to marginalise, exclude and oppress to one which is wholly inclusive. Moreover, there are signs that momentum towards making museums more inclusive and equitable is slowing down or, in some contexts, reversing.


Twisted Sisters
dodge gallery, new york, ny
may 19 - june 24, 2012

Twisted Sisters is an exhibition of works that are made by women artists and depict women as the subjects. Inspired by 1960’s performance works wherein women turned to the body as the site of creation and content, the exhibition casts the body as protagonist. Twisting cultural endorsements of beauty, the depictions of women in these works are unsettling, unexpected, or up side down. Whether the works are driven by narrative, fantasy, or portraiture, they incite an attraction, repulsion or amusement response from the viewer. The nuance of body and form expressed within and between works refuse singularity. Identity is not definitive. The combination of pieces, including painting, sculpture, video, installation, prints, mixed media, and performance, will itself be unsettling, providing few relief points between eyes looking out.


Memorial To A Marriage
kelvingrove art gallery and museum, glasgow, scotland
may 2012 - present

Memorial To A Marriage, Bronze, 2/3rds scale is now on permanent view at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.

Patricia Cronin: All Is Not Lost
Newcomb art gallery, tulane university, new orleans, la
april 25 - july 1 2012

Featuring two major series of work from 2000 to 2009: Memorial to a Marriage and Harriet Hosmer: Lost and Found, the exhibition will unite Cronin’s work as it intersects ideas of memory, the recovery and writing of women’s history and contemporary discourses about gay and lesbian representation. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition with essays by Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator of the ICA Boston, and Alexander Nemerov, Professor of Art History at Yale University. This exhibition is supported by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation.


Lecture: Patricia Cronin : All Is Not Lost
borland lab, penn state university, university park, pa
march 30 2012


"L.A. Raw"
by Patricia Cronin

MARCH 26 2012

Maverick independent curator Michael Duncan has mounted a visceral, hair-raising survey exhibition of figurative art by more than 40 Los Angeles artists in “L.A. RAW: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles 1945-1980, from Rico LeBrun to Paul McCarthy,” Jan. 22-May 20, 2012, at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The show is a revelatory part of the Getty Initiative’s 60-exhibition extravaganza “Pacific Standard Time,” whose various events have been reviewed prolifically by Artnet Magazine’s own Hunter Drohojowska-Philp.


Patricia Cronin : Bodies and Soul
connor contemporary art, washington dc
february 4 - march 10 2012

Conner Contemporary Art is honored to present Patricia Cronin’s first solo exhibition in Washington, DC, Bodies and Soul. The exhibition features Memorial to a Marriage, a new bronze sculpture depicting the nearly life-size, sleeping figures of Cronin and her life mate, artist Deborah Kass, joined in a tender embrace.


Harriet Hosmer, Lost and Found Talk
deutsche bank, new york, ny
January 19 2012

Patricia Cronin discusses her Harriet Hosmer Catalogue Raisonné series on view and in the corporate collection at Deutsche Bank's North & South American headquarters in New York. On the top floor of the Deutsche Bank building, the complete suite of 40 Archival Pigmented Inkjet Prints on Innova Soft Texture Paper titled The Harriet Hosmer Catalogue Raisonné have been on view in a conference room since Deutsche Bank purchased them in 2009.


Collection of Deutsche Bank

Jenny Saville
by Patricia Cronin

January 5 2012

Nestled an hour north of Miami at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach is “Jenny Saville,” a survey exhibition of paintings and drawings by the celebrated Young British Artist. The first exhibition in the museum’s “Recognition of Art by Women” series (RAW), it is organized by Cheryl Brutvan, the museum’s new curator of contemporary art, and proves, if such a thing was in doubt, that women are now routinely in the artistic forefront (and also lead in the market -- Saville has 70 sales at auction, the top price being $2.4 million).


Twice Drawn : Modern and Contemporary Drawings in Context
prestel publishing
december 2011

From the exhibition, TWICE DRAWN curated by Ian Berry and Jack Shear at the The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.