1981 - 1990
Dore Ashton wrote of Hedda Sterne’s process that “always the observed eventually is subsumed by the metaphorical impulse, which draws wider and wider circles around a theme once it is deposited in her imagination.” Sterne’s geometric paintings and drawings of the 1980s synthesized her decades-long exploration of light and space (landscapes and interiors), with a growing interest in symbolism and modes of perception.
Hedda Sterne, Rectangles, 1981, Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 72 in., Collection of the Queens Museum, New York
Hedda Sterne, Untitled #16, 1989, Oil on canvas, 100 1/4 x 51 3/4 in. (254.6 x 131.4 cm); Collection of Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Gift of Deborah and David Guss, 1992.26
Hedda Sterne, Untitled #15, 1989, Oil on linen, 80 x 26 in.; Collection of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Gift of Clara Diament Sujo, 1990.12
Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1989, Oil on linen, 80 x 26 in.; Collection of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; gift of the artist, 91.27
Hedda Sterne, Elegy, c. 1990, oil crayon on canvas, 48 x 160 in., Collection of Flint Institute of Arts; Gift of the artist, 2006.83