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5 Strap I

1968 Nancy Grossman Born: New York, New York 1940 pen and ink on paper sheet: 13 7/8 x 17 in. (35.1 x 43.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation © 1968, Nancy Grossman 1985.30.19 Not currently on view

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Nancy Grossman grew up with horses on a farm in Oneonta, New York, where she worked with equestrian gear that later became a staple in her art. In 5 Strap I, buckled straps enclose a fabric-covered head, concealing identity and silencing speech. Concerned with the repression of the psyche, Grossman addresses the dehumanization of the individual in the contemporary world.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014


Dress - accessory - belt

Figure - head



paper - wove paper

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Born: New York, New York 1940

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