1967 - 1981

In the 1960s, drawing became and would remain a more integral part of Hedda Sterne’s artistic practice. Her first extensive series of ink-on-paper drawings are dense, meditative explorations of organic forms through thin lines. Some she referred to as Lettuces and others Baldanders: a combinations of the German words for "soon" and "other/different."

In 1967, Hedda Sterne was awarded a fellowship to attend Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. In May and June, she completed 28 lithographs exploring her dual interests of the past decade, the organic Lettuces and constrained Horizontals. Overall, the series alternates between sparse and linear landscapes, and dense organic formations.

Sterne would continue exploring the juxtaposition of organic forms and atmospheric space, with a series of large Lettuce paintings, followed by a series she called Signs.    

Hedda Sterne, Metamorphosis, c. 1967, Acrylic on canvas, 72 × 54 in; Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Eric Green  69.113a‑b

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1967, Lithograph (edition of 10), 29 in. x 21 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untiled from the "Metaphores and Metamorphoses" suite, 1967, Lithograph (edition of 20), 20 x 20 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled from "Massacre" Series, 1967, Felt pen on paper, 11 in. x 7 in.

 

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1968, Ink on paper, 11 x 6 7/8 in., Collection of The Menil Collection, Houston

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1968, Ink on paper, 14 1/2 x 11 1/2 in., Collection of The Menil Collection, Houston

Hedda Sterne, Study for Signs, c. 1978-1980, Graphite, ink on paper, 14 1/2 in. x 21 7/8 in. (36.83 cm x 55.56 cm)

Hedda Sterne, Signs III, 1981, Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 60 in. x 40 in., Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Gift of Alexandra A. Herzan in memory of Lily Auchincloss, 44.1997

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1967, Lithograph (edition of 20), 22 in. x 14 1/4 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untiled from the "Metaphores and Metamorphoses" suite, 1967, Lithograph (edition of 20), 20 x 20 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled from "Massacre" Series, 1967, Felt pen on paper, 11 in. x 7 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1967, Lithograph (edition of 10), 22 in. x 14 1/2 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1967, Lithograph (edition of 20), 20 in. x 20 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1967, Lithograph (edition of 15), 29 in. x 21 in.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1968, Ink on paper, 14 1/2 x 11 3/4 in., Collection of The Menil Collection, Houston

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1969, Ink on cloth, 15 in. x 25 in.

Hedda Sterne, Signs, 1980, Acrylic on canvas, 40 in. x 60 in. (101.6 cm x 152.4 cm)