Short film (27 min.) about lesbian artist Patricia Cronin, Art in Progress, Reserve Channel, 2012
Art in Progess: “Patricia Cronin is known for her beautiful equestrian themed paintings. However, she also has a niche for creating artistically sexual paintings and sculptures. Using herself and her partner as the subject, Patricia will take pictures of the two making love and use the pictures to draw inspiration from. The end result is well done, controversial forms of art that spark discussion amongst those who view her work.”
VelvetPark’s editor Grace Moon interviews queer artist Patricia Cronin at her studio in New York.
In 2002 New York artist Patricia Cronin made a sculpture, which is a ‘Memorial to a Marriage’. She and her partner of 17 years painter Deborah Kass will probably never get to marry as gay marriages are prohibited in USA. The life-size 3 ton Carrara marble mortuary sculpture is a double portrait of her and her partner in their bed. At first the Neo-Classical sculpture resided at the couples burial plot at the famous Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York, but now it touring as an artwork and has replaced by a bronze version at the cemetery. Patricia says in a statement at the Houston Station Museum of Contemporary Art’s website ‘The statue addresses issues of lesbian invisibility, gay marriage, love and loss, and power and status. In death I make official my “marriage” which is still not legal while we are alive.’
About Patricia Cronin
Patricia Cronin (born 1963) is a conceptural artist, who manipulates and reinvigorates traditional historical forms to adress contemporary issues of sexuality, gender and class. Her work focuses on power and powerlessness, absence and presence, and history. She makes paintings, watercolor, sculptures and installations. Her latest exhibtion is ‘Harriet Hosmer, Lost and Found’, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, 2009-10 (catalogue). In 2011 a solo exhibition by Patricia titled ‘All Is Not Lost’ will be coming up at the Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Exhibtion Catalogues by Patricia Cronin
Harriet Hosmer: Lost and Found, A Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Cronin, with preface by Maura Reilly and an essay by William H. Gerdts
Charta Art Books, Milan 2009
Contemporary artist Patricia Cronin has created a catalogue raisonné of the works of American sculptor Harriet Hosmer (1830-1908). This catalogue combines hand painted images (watercolors) with art historical research to create a document that reveals the complexities of Hosmer’s career, reputation and legacy.
Patricia Cronin: The Domain of Perfect Affection: 1993-2003
Essay by Robert Rosenblum and Sandra Firmin
UB Art Gallery, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2004
This exhibition catalogue traces Patricia Cronin’s career from her erotic watercolors to her ode to gay marriage, the marble sculpture ‘Memorial To A Marriage’.