Variability of Similar Forms, 1970

  • Nancy Graves, American, 1940-1995

Steel, wax, marble dust and acrylic on wood base

  • Overall: 86 inches × 144 inches × 16 feet (218.4 cm × 3 m 65.8 cm × 4 m 87.7 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, W. Hawkins Ferry Fund, with funds from Joan and Armando Ortiz Foundation and Friends of Modern Art


The artist

1988, tranfer to DIA as long term loan 12/1/1988

2000, purchased by DIA on 4/19/2000.

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Nancy Graves, Variability of Similar Forms, 1970, steel, wax, marble dust and acrylic on wood base. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, W. Hawkins Ferry Fund, with funds from Joan and Armando Ortiz Foundation and Friends of Modern Art, 2000.43.