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Ann Craven Ann Craven: Cats with a selection of poems by Cherry Pickman

November 30th - December 20th, 2021
Ann Craven, Nina Johnson, painting
Ann Craven, White Kitty (on Blue), 2020, 2020, Oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in
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White Kitty

Few things certain      but she knows

       the possibility of petals

so white     a likeness unlike 

anything she’s known     and a blue    

    from beyond

Ann Craven, Nina Johnson, Drawing
Ann Craven, Cats in Shelter (Lena, Again, May 02, 2020), 2020, Soft pastel on 50lb acid free paper, 17 x 14 in.
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Ann Craven, Nina Johnson, Drawing
Ann Craven Cats in Shelter (Frick & Frac, Again, May 02, 2020), 2020 Graphite on 50 lb acid free paper 17 x 14 in.
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Frick & Frack, Again

 

For captive gods    the enclosure 

is of little    consequence    

they spend       most days waiting

    inside their power 

tails curled bodies      coiled

Ann Craven, Nina Johnson, Drawing
Ann Craven, Cats in Shelter (Cleo, May 03, 2020), 2020, Graphite on 50lb acid free paper, 17 x 14 in.
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Ann Craven, Nina Johnson, Drawing
Ann Craven, Cats in Shelter (Flash, Again, Again, May 03, 2020), 2020, Soft pastel on 50lb acid free paper, 17 x 14 in.
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Ann Craven, Nina Johnson, Drawing
Ann Craven Cats in Shelter (Cammy, Again, June 8, 2020), 2020 watercolor on Arches paper 13 x 10 in.
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Cammy, Again

That markings should signify

might be    the greatest

misconception     her eyes light

    each stripe as I try 

to paint         devotion into place

Ann Craven, Nina Johnson, Drawing
Ann Craven Cats in Shelter (Jeffrey, Again, May 06, 2020), 2020 Sumi ink on 150 lb Bristol paper 17 x 14 in.
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Jeffrey, Again

You’d think him         part

bird    imperious 

    impish invincible 

on his        stolen perch

Ann Craven, Nina Johnson, Drawing
Ann Craven Cats in Shelter (Lena, May 03, 2020), 2020 graphite on 50 lb acid free paper 17 x 14 in.
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Lena

Without wilderness      and so no 

    longer wild     yes the beast 

has left the cat     the cat has 

taken the garden      

    for her world   

Ann Craven
Having exhibited and worked extensively since the late-90’s, Ann Craven’s works are in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Whitney, The New Museum, the ICA Miami, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and various other institutions and prestigious private collections around the world. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times, Modern Painters, Art News, LA Times, Art in America, Artforum, Flash Art, The New Yorker and Frieze, among others