Patricia Cronin:
The Domain of Perfect Affection
Essays by Robert Rosenblum and Sandra Firmin
UB Art Gallery, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2004

This exhibition catalogue accompanies a 10-year survey of Cronin’s work that traces her emergence on the New York art scene beginning in the mid-90s with her charged erotic watercolors through her investigations of class with Pony Tales (Sikkema, 1997), Tack Room (White Columns, 1998) and Luxury Real Estate Paintings (Yale University Art Gallery, 2002) to her triumphant ode to gay marriage, Memorial To A Marriage, (Deitch Projects, 2002). Cronin is conceptually rigorous and an overt sensualist, moving fluidly between 19th century art historical forms to merge them with contemporary content. A witty manipulator of Victorian tradition, she employs equestrian and mortuary sculpture as well as animalier and erotic painting to expose ways in which status and desire influence sexuality, gender, age, and class.


21 color reproductions, 44 pp.
ISBN 0-9748932-0-X

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