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American, b.1945

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Nancy Fried began creating terra-cotta torsos of women who had undergone radical mastectomies in 1986 following her own mastectomy. She subsequently chose not to have her missing breast reconstructed. It is Fried’s subtle use of nostalgia, and her ability to bridge the divide between the loss and pain of a mastectomy and the pride and power of diversity, that sets her apart from the majority of her colleagues. Fried’s embracing disability as an identity not to be “overcome” is what makes her work art and not therapy. Fried says she hopes to help “redefine female beauty,” and her torsos do this by virtue of their honesty and power.

Fried  :  Horn  Sanderson  :  Scott  :  Splan


1968 - Bachelor of Art - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Selected One-Person Collections
1991 - The Joan Whitney Payson Gallery of Art

1989 - Graham Modern Gallery, New York
Janus Avivson Gallery, London

1988 - Graham Modern Gallery
1986 - Hal Bromm Gallery, New York
Dowling Gallery, Visual Arts Center, Oakdale NY
Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York

1984 - Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York
Soroban Gallery, Wellfleet, MA

1982 - Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia

1980 - Woman’s Building, Los Angeles
Artemisia Gallery, Chicago

1978 - Woman’s Center, University of California, Santa Barbara

1977 - Woman’s Building, Los Angeles

1976 - Woman’s Building, Los Angeles

Selected Group Exhibitions
1990 - Exploring the Figure through Sculpted Form, Newport Art Museum, R.I.
The Human Image, Corpus Christi State University, TX

1989 - Mythic Moderns, Real Art Ways, Hartford
In a Dark Vein, The Sculpture Center, New York
Physicality, Graham Modern Gallery

1988 - The Plight of the Figure, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
Sculpture, Cherrystone Gallery, Wellfleet
20 Artists Invited by 20 Artists, Providence Art Association and Art Museum, MA
The Politics of Gender, Queensborough Community College of Gallery, City University of New York
Crime and Punishment, Schreiber/Cutler Gallery, New York
Four Artists, Cherrystone Gallery
Art against AIDS, Graham Modern Gallery

1986 - Small Works, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
Let’s Play House, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York

1985 - Miniatures, Zach/Schuster Gallery, Boca Raton
Basic Needs, Islip Art Museum
Precious: An American Cottage Industry of the ‘80’s, Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York

1984 - Looking Forward: 16th Annual New Talent Exhibition, Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

1982 - Extended Sensibilities, The New York Museum, New York
Contemporary Triptychs, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Pomona, CA
California on the Move, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach
Women’s Work on Paper, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

1981 - Contemporary Artifacts, Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia
The Decorative Sculpture Show, The Sculpture Center
People 81, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Sixth Annual Exhibition, The Alternative Museum, New York