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Mare Imbrium

1981-1982 Nancy Grossman Born: New York, New York 1940 paper, aniline dyes, ink, and graphite on board sheet: 47 1/2 x 60 1/8 in. (120.5 x 152.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation © 1982, Nancy Grossman 1985.30.20 Not currently on view

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Mare Imbrium, Latin for “sea of showers,” is the name of a huge crater on the moon caused by a meteor hitting the lunar surface some 3.8 billion years ago. A patchwork of stained and pasted bits of paper, the surface of Grossman’s collage captures the earth-bound view of light and shadows that cross the ancient “ocean.”

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014






pencil - graphite

wood - particle board

About Nancy Grossman

Born: New York, New York 1940

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