LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University

Nature's Elements

Nature's Elements

Cecily Brown, Ernesto Caivano, Ann Craven, Dylan Graham, Valerie Hammond, Yun-Fei Ji, Nicola López, Kiki Smith

The landscape has served as a source of inspiration and subject matter for artists since ancient times. Typically seen in the background of religious and genre scenes, history paintings and portraits up through the early nineteenth-century, the natural world became central to plein air painters and Impressionists by the end of the century. Artists working today continue to have a profound connection to nature, expanding and reconfiguring the once limited notion of landscape to include industrial and urban landscapes, artwork created in nature and from natural elements, and an environment affected by climate change. At the Neiman Center, artists have made a range of prints which take nature as their starting point from Kiki Smith’s focused and tender consideration of goat moths to Ernesto Caivano’s fantastical knight who slowly melds into his wooded surroundings to Nicola López’s remote landscapes altered by human intervention.

Image Credit:

Dylan Graham, Murmansk I, 2007

To me, nature is precious and wondrous; it's our intervention that causes mayhem.

Kiki Smith, The Art Newspaper, 26 September 2019.

Cecily Brown

The Crow and Kitten

2013

40 1/2 x 27 1/8 inches

Offset lithograph

$4,500

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Cecily Brown

What the Shepherd Saw

2013

15 1/2 x 19 inches

Stone and offset lithograph

$3,300

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Cecily Brown working with students at the Neiman Center

Ernesto Caivano

The Knight Interlude III

2005

16 x 12 1/2 inches

Etching and spit-bite

This etching is from a portfolio of 12.

$12,000 for the set of 12.

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Ernesto Caivano

The Knight Interlude VI

2005

16 x 12 1/2 inches

Etching and spit-bite

This etching is from a portfolio of 12.

$12,000 for the set of 12.

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Yun-Fei Ji, On the High Branches, working proofs

Dylan Graham

Murmansk I

2007

18 x 32 inches

Engraved laser-cut paper

$2,000

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Nicola López

Apparition III

2019

21 1/2 x 31 1/4 inches

Collagraph on digital print

$2,400

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Kiki Smith in residence at the Neiman Center with Artistic Director, Tomas Vu-Daniel

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Flutter I

Valerie Hammond

2016

28 3/4 x 22 1/2 inches

Water-bite on Gampi paper with etching collage

$3,000

Yun-Fei Ji

On the Hight Branches

2007

48 1/4 x 37 1/4 inches

Offset lithograph

$3,500

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Kiki Smith

Goat Moth A

2015

12 1/2 x 14 inches

Etching and drypoint

$2,500

Ann Craven

Silhouette Bird (Blue)

2011

30 x 33 1/2 inches

Reduction woodcut

$4,000

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Cecily Brown (b. 1969, London, England) received her BA in fine arts from the Slade School of Art at the University College of London. She currently lives and works in New York City. Brown has had numerous solo exhibitions at institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark. Her work is represented in the collections of Tate Gallery, London; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt; and the Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna, Sintra, Portugal to name a few.

Ernesto Caivano (b. 1972, Madrid, Spain) received his MFA from Columbia University in 2001. He has had solo exhibitions at Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, MoMA PS1 in Queens, and Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. Caivano has been included in group shows at Guild and Greyshkul, New York; Bronx River Art Center, New York; Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich; Grant/Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He currently lives and works in New York.

Ann Craven (b. 1967, Boston, MA) is a painter living and working in New York and Maine. She earned her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and her MFA from Columbia University. Craven has served as a mentor for the MFA program at Columbia’s School of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad since 1995.

Dylan Graham (b. 1972, Otautahi, New Zealand) currently lives and works in Amsterdam. He received his MFA from Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam in 1999. Graham’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and is in the permanent collections of the State Museum of Contemporary Art Stavroupoli, Greece and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York among others.

Valerie Hammond (b. 1952, Santa Maria, CA) received her MFA from the University of California Berkeley, where she was awarded the Eisner Award. Her work can be found in both private and public collections, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; the Fine Arts Museum, Houston; The Progressive Art Collection, the Fidelity Collection, the New York Public Library, the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison; the Grand Palais Museum, Paris; and the Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Hammond is a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and abroad. Hammond currently lives and works in New York.

Yun-Fei Ji (b. 1963, Beijing, China) has received numerous awards and honors including the Rome Prize, the Parasol unit Artist Residency in London, the Sharpe Foundation Fellowship, the PS1 Contemporary Arts National Studio Program Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. He has had solo exhibitions at the James Cohan Gallery, New York; ZenoX, Antwerp; SAFN Museum, Reykyavik; the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis; and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.

Nicola López (b. 1975, Santa Fe, NM) received her BA and MFA from Columbia University. Her work has been exhibited widely both in the United States and internationally at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Denver Museum of Art; and the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. López’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY. She was commissioned to create a temporary site-specific work for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013.

Kiki Smith (b. 1954, Nuremberg, Germany) has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Skowhegan School of Art's Medal for Sculpture, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Athena Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including major retrospectives at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis which traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and at The Museum of Modern Art, New York which focused on her sizable body of prints and multiples. Smith's work is in the permanent collection of numerous institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Smith lives and works in New York.


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