Russell & Robert meet artist Ann Craven. We discuss painting the Moon in TriBeCa and Harlem, Her fascination with Birds as a subject in her work, Agnes Martin, grief and the loss of her father, the influence of Alex Katz’s paintings (who she worked for having first met in Maine), snowy owls and a devestating studio fire twenty years ago in which she lost many artworks and belongings. We discuss an unexpected family connection to art legend Frank Stella, her close friendships with Karma Books Matt Shuster and artist Sophie von Hellerman, plus what it’s like to be part of an artist couple with her husband the painter Peter Halley.
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 Karma, New York (2021); the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, Maine (2019); Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (2019); Karma, New York (2018); Southard Reid, London (2017); Maccarone, New York (2016); among others.
Craven’s 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.
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