Ann Craven: Birds We Know


Permutation and portraiture: serial paintings of moons, stripes and the birds of Maine by Ann Craven

Birds We Know is the catalog for an exhibition of paintings by New York–based artist Ann Craven (born 1967). This large survey at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art is the artist's first exhibition in Maine, where she has been living part-time and painting since the early 1990s. It was at her farm house in Lincolnville, Maine, inspired by the colors of the natural environment, that Craven completed her very first moon painting in 1995; she says her time in Lincolnville "gave me my subject matter." The new exhibition and catalog include the imagery that Craven is renowned for including her lushly colored, mesmerizing moon and stripe paintings, but here the birds dominate as the primary subject, including work made between 1997 and 2019. The book includes an essay by Christopher B. Crosman, formerly of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum.

  • Hardcover: 112 pages

  • Publisher: Karma Books, New York/Center for Maine Contemporary Art (November 12, 2019)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1949172309

  • ISBN-13: 978-1949172300

  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches

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