Nan Swid


Nan Swid Biography

Taking cues and inspiration from the materials themselves, American artist Nan Swid allows for an open methodology as she works, deconstructing and rearranging rare and antique bibliographic files. Covers are detached, bindings conjoined and ragged remains of books flatten underneath layers of encaustic wax. Swid breathes new life into her weatherworn materials, eloquently stacking and combining her objects into compositions that exude a controlled serenity despite exposed cracks and fissures.

Enigmatically, the rich, tactile surfaces seductively lure viewers towards the work, yet, continue to maintain their own sense of privacy, seamlessly intersecting aspects of paintings, sculpture and collage. Nan Swid lives and works in New York City. Her artworks have been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, ArtNEWS, and several others. While working in the studio Nan Swid was also a principal founder of Swid Powell, the iconic firm that collaborated with noted architects such as Richard Meier, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Robert A. M. Stern to produce decorative objects of the highest order. Archives from this endeavor are currently housed with The Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. 


Lives and works in New York City
Co-founder, Swid-Powell

Solo Exhibitions

In Formation, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Nan Swid: Revelations in Paper, CDS Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions


See Me, Feel Me, Margaret Thatcher Projects, NY
ReconfiguredMargaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Turn Up the Heat, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

Minimal Intervention, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

Extending the Line 1, Arevalo Gallery, Miami, FL
Cut, Drawn, Painted: Works on Paper, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
Surface Tension, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY

EX LIBRIS, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY

Nan Swid / Donald Kaufman, Gallery 9E, New York, NY


Kley, Elizabeth, “Nan Swid at Margaret Thatcher Projects”, ARTNews, January

“The Lookout: Nan Swid at Margaret Thatcher Projects”, Art in America, September 26
Layulan, Oscar “Picture This: Get the 411 at Margaret Thatcher Projects”, ArteFuse, September 23
Stevens, Elizabeth, “September 2013 is Like a Box of Chocolates”,, September 26

Columbia, David Patrick, “Fall Autumn Night”, New York Social Diary

McDonald, DJ, “Counting Cards at Grandma’s: Nan Swid and Donald Kaufman Recent Work at Gallery 9E”, Culturebot.
Dixon, Erin, “Four Days of Nan Swid and Donald Kaufman”, Dossier.
Browne, Alix, “Now Showing Swid/Kaufman”, T Magazine Blog -
Syme, Rachel, “Blogs & Stories”, The Daily Beast

Annette Tapert with Paul Goldberger; “Swid Powell: Objects by Architects.” Rizzoli; 1st edition 1990.