Nancy Rubins

  • Feb 8, 2014 – May 4, 2014
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery
Nancy Rubins, "Drawing", 2005, graphite pencil on paper, 134 x 379 x 12
in. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills.

Nancy Rubins: Drawing, Sculpture, Studies

Nancy Rubins is known for her large-scale commissioned sculptures composed of boats and airplane parts as well as for her extraordinary graphite drawings—all elegant forms that adventurously confront gravity and transform materials into objects of extraordinary visual beauty. This exhibition is the first to explore the relationships among her work in various media and focuses on the career arc of one of the foremost sculptors working today. Nancy Rubins: Drawing, Sculpture, Studies includes the major sculptural installation, Drawings & Hot Water Heaters (1991-95), small to monumental graphite drawings (dating from 1975 to the present), collages, bronzes, and studies for major outdoor commissions, accompanied by a number of short films by Michael Rudnick that document the fascinating process of their installation.

Nancy Rubins earned her BFA from The Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, and her MFA from the University of California, Davis. She has received numerous awards and major commissions including Monochrome for Paris, Université de Paris Diderot (2013); Big Edge, CityCenter, Las Vegas (2009); Big Pleasure Point, Lincoln Center, New York (2006); and Pleasure Point, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art (2006). Rubins was born in Naples, Texas, and lives and works in Topanga, California. She is represented by Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills and Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York.

The exhibition is co-curated by Weatherspoon Director Nancy Doll and Curator of Exhibitions Xandra Eden and is accompanied by a 168-page catalogue, co-published by DelMonico Books/Prestel that features essays by Nancy Princenthal, Doll, and an interview by Eden. Nancy Rubins: Drawing, Sculpture, Studies is made possible through the support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Gail Boulton, Jane and Richard Levy, the North Carolina Arts Council (a division of the Department of Cultural Resources), Fifth Floor Foundation, Proximity Hotel, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum Association.

Related programs

Director's Preview, Artist Talk + Public Reception • Fri Feb 7 (various times) Please note: Seats no longer remain for the Director's Preview at 5 pm and the Artist Talk at 6 pm. 

Spring Family Day • Sun Mar 1 @ 1pm

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Mar 11 @ 12pm

Art After Dark Workshop • Thu Mar 20 @ 6pm

Noon @ the 'Spoon: POV • Tue Apr 1 @ 12pm

New! Sunday Public Tours • Every Sunday beginning Feb 9-May 4 @ 2pm (No tour Mar 30 or Apr 20)


Proximity Hotel, the exhibition's sponsor hotel.

Proxmity Hotel


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