Ann McCoy

Ann McCoy is a New York-based sculptor, painter, and art critic, and Editor at Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

She was awarded a 2019 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. She lectured on art history, the history of projection, and mythology in the graduate design section of the Yale School of Drama until May 2020, and taught in the Art History Department at Barnard College from 1980 through 2000.

She has written about artists working with projection including William Kentridge, Tony Oursler, Nalini Malini, and Krzysztof WodiczkoAnn McCoy and Kentridge did a conversation at the American Academy in Rome for his Tiber project, “Triumphs and Laments”, which was published in the Brooklyn Rail.

Ann McCoy’ work is included in the following collections: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Australia, the Roy L. Neuberger Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. Ann McCoy has received the following awards: the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Asian Cultural Council, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award, the Award in the Visual Arts, the Prix de Rome, the National Endowment for the Art, the Berliner Kunstler Program D.A.A.D., and the New Talent Award of Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Ann McCoy has exhibited in the Venice Biennale and the Whitney Annual, and has had one-person exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, New Delhi, Poland, and Berlin. She is known primarily known for her large format drawings, work with projection, installation, and bronze sculpture.

Ann McCoy worked with Prof. C.A. Meier, Jung’s heir apparent for twenty-five years in Zurich. She has a background in Jungian psychology and philosophy. She has studied alchemy since the early seventies in Zurich, and Rome at the Vatican Library.  Most of her work is based on her dreams, and their relationship to alchemical texts, and Christian alchemy in particular.  For McCoy, alchemy is a symbolic language of processes dealing with spiritual transformation.  Incarnation of spirit into matter is the key concept of the alchemical practice.  The imagination is the gateway to the gods.

Dream of the invisible College  (Size: 9 x 14 ft. ) pencil on appear on canvas (2018) photo credit: Peter Dressel
Processional with Resplendor (Size: 19″ by 7 ft. 2″ by 9 inches) cast bronze with silver crown (installation 2018) photo credit: Peter Dressler
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  1. […] Ann McCoy spoke to us from Brooklyn. She was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019 and taught at Yale for a decade. Currently she is working on a drawing and a series of projections and says that for the first time she is working on something truly autobiographical. The work is based on a dream she began having when she was about 5 years old in which her adopted father was a king in an Alice in Wonderland world. He had been killed by the Queen and ground into a powder by the Queen in her recurring dream. As an adult she learned of the dreams of an ancient alchemist who also dreamed of people being ground up. From this she began to discover the meaning behind her own dream. The connection between alchemy and her own father didn’t stop there. To hear more about this and McCoy’s other work, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Ann McCoy spoke to us from Brooklyn. She was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019 and taught at Yale for a decade. Currently she is working on a drawing and a series of projections and says that for the first time she is working on something truly autobiographical. The work is based on a dream she began having when she was about 5 years old in which her adopted father was a king in an Alice in Wonderland world. He had been killed by the Queen and ground into a powder by the Queen in her recurring dream. As an adult she learned of the dreams of an ancient alchemist who also dreamed of people being ground up. From this she began to discover the meaning behind her own dream. The connection between alchemy and her own father didn’t stop there. To hear more about this and McCoy’s other work, listen to the complete interview. […]