Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera

The Met Museum’s new ongoing exhibition “Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera” is now on view. The exhibition marks the first installation of Hedda Sterne’s 1953 oil on canvas, New York No. 2, which was recently acquired by the museum. From the museum:

“In the 1940s and 1950s, Sterne belonged to a community of New York-based artists that included Dadaists, Surrealists, and Abstract Expressionists, and from these varied approaches to art she synthesized a unique style. On the one hand, New York #2 testifies to Sterne’s longstanding preoccupation with urban architecture and engineering. With its heavily worked surface, in which traces of brushwork and editing remain, it also demonstrates her investment in the process of painting itself. ”

Learn more about the exhibition on the Met’s website, metmuseum.org, which includes the following clip from the show’s audio guide:

Hedda Sterne,  New York #2 , 1953, oil on canvas, 78 × 34-1/8 x 1 in. (198.1 × 86.7 x 2.5 cm); Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Purchase, Gift of Samuel Dretzin, by exchange, Bequest of Gioconda King, by exchange, Rogers Fund, by exchange, Funds from various donors, by exchange, and Gift of Chauncey Stillman, by exchange, 2017 | © The Hedda Sterne Foundation, Inc. | Licensed by ARS, New York, NY

Hedda Sterne, New York #2, 1953, oil on canvas, 78 × 34-1/8 x 1 in. (198.1 × 86.7 x 2.5 cm); Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Purchase, Gift of Samuel Dretzin, by exchange, Bequest of Gioconda King, by exchange, Rogers Fund, by exchange, Funds from various donors, by exchange, and Gift of Chauncey Stillman, by exchange, 2017 | © The Hedda Sterne Foundation, Inc. | Licensed by ARS, New York, NY

Source: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/list...

Hedda Sterne: Structures & Landscapes 1950 - 1968

Van Doren Waxter is now presenting a new exhibition of work by Hedda Sterne. From the gallery:

“Van Doren Waxter is pleased to announce Hedda Sterne: Structures and Landscapes, 1950-1968, on view at 23 East 73rd Street from November 1 to December 22, 2018. The exhibition traces the prolific artist’s shift from man-made forms, such as machines, roads, and cityscapes, to organic and atmospheric ones during two highly productive decades, the 1950s and 1960s. A curated selection of key works, many of which have never been seen before, and in a variety of mediums including paintings, works on paper, and drawings made with early technical, Rapidograph pens elucidate her diverse and experimental practice. Her classically Abstract Expressionist concern, with gestural abstraction and all-over composition is apparent throughout, while at the same time, many works reference the visual world.”

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“Hedda Sterne: Structures & Landscapes 1950 - 1968” is on view in New York at 23 East 73rd St from November 1 – December 22, 2018. An accompanying catalog of the exhibition includes a new scholarly essay by art historian Nancy Princenthal. Learn more at vandorenwaxter.com

Celebrating Hedda Sterne's Birthday

Today, the Hedda Sterne Foundation celebrates the birthday of Hedda Sterne, born on this day in 1910. Sterne lived a long and active life, and produced nine decades worth of artwork, beginning as a student in the 1920s, and continuing well into her 90s. It is the Foundation's mission and honor to maintain and provide access to her art and archives for those interested in learning more about this remarkable artist.

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"Gaze" on view at Van Doren Waxter

Hedda Sterne,  Vertical Horizontal #12 , c. 1958, Oil on canvas, 50 in. x 50 in.

Hedda Sterne, Vertical Horizontal #12, c. 1958, Oil on canvas, 50 in. x 50 in.

Hedda Sterne is one of 14 artists included in Van Doren Waxter's current exhibition, "Gaze." From the gallery:

"Van Doren Waxter is pleased to present Gaze, a multigenerational group exhibition which explores multidisciplinary approaches to depicting forms found in or related to the natural world. Featured historical and contemporary artists include Hilary Berseth, Marsha Cottrell, TM Davy, Jeronimo Elespe, Tom Fairs, Judy Fiskin, Joe Goode, Volker Hüller, Ellsworth Kelly, Cameron Martin, Douglas Melini, Valeska Soares, Hedda Sterne and Kevin Zucker. Spanning almost 60 years (1960–2018), works on view encompass painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture, and demonstrate pictorial strategies ranging from photographic to nearly abstract."

"Gaze" is on view at Van Doren Waxter's 23 East 73rd Street location August 1 – 30, 2018. Visit the gallery's website for more information:
http://www.vandorenwaxter.com/exhibitions/gaze

Hedda Sterne: Printed Variations

Hedda Sterne,  Untitled (The Vertical Horizontals II) , 1967, Lithograph, Collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth

Hedda Sterne, Untitled (The Vertical Horizontals II), 1967, Lithograph, Collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth

Now on view at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, "Hedda Sterne: Printed Variations"

From the Museum:

"From luscious leafy tendrils to stark horizon lines, this exhibition of prints by Hedda Sterne celebrates the artist’s exquisite variety of formal interests. Drawn from the Amon Carter’s collection, this selection of lithographs features two thematic series that Sterne completed at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1967: Metamorphoses, a study of the vegetal folds of a head of lettuce, and Vertical-Horizontals, a study of the atmospheric recession of the horizon. Both series expose Sterne’s highly original style and her intense exploration of a single theme over the course of many experimental compositions."

On view July 28, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Learn more: http://www.cartermuseum.org/

Crossroads: 1945 to Now

Hedda Sterne’s  Horizon II  (1963) installed; Carnegie Museum of Art; Purchase: gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Bovard, 65.12 — Photograph courtesy Carnegie Museum of Art

Hedda Sterne’s Horizon II (1963) installed; Carnegie Museum of Art; Purchase: gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Bovard, 65.12 — Photograph courtesy Carnegie Museum of Art

Now on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art, “Crossroads: 1945 to Now,” featuring two important paintings by Hedda Sterne. From the museum:

“This complete reinstallation of our postwar and contemporary art galleries places the work of artists at the intersection of history and society. We’re also bringing dozens of rarely and never-before-shown works out of storage. Curator Eric Crosby finds pockets of depth, diversity, and eccentricities, organizing the galleries in a series of ‘chapters.’”

Learn more at coma.org.

The Persistence of Vision

Hedda Sterne,  Insect, August 23, 1999 , Graphite and oil pastel on paper, 9 3/8 in. x 12 1/4 in.; Collection of The American Macular Degeneration Foundation, gift of Claire Nivola

Hedda Sterne, Insect, August 23, 1999, Graphite and oil pastel on paper, 9 3/8 in. x 12 1/4 in.; Collection of The American Macular Degeneration Foundation, gift of Claire Nivola

Now on view at the University of Cincinnati, this exhibition focuses on visual artists affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD), including Lennart Anderson, Serge Hollerbach, Dahlov Ipcar, David Levine, Robert Andrew Parker, Thomas Sgouros, Hedda Sterne, and William Thon.

The exhibition is supported by The American Macular Degeneration Foundation, and is curated by A'Dora Phillips and Brian Schumacher of The Vision & Art Project and Aaron Cowan at the University of Cincinnati. From the organizers:

"These artists are highly varied in their approach to making art, and some are still alive and working. Each of them has created a substantial body of work after the onset of macular degeneration, responding to its challenges in highly inventive and individual ways and revealing fascinating continuities between their early and late work."

“The Persistence of Vision” is on view June 8 – July 29, 2018 at the Philip M. Meyers Jr. Memorial Gallery, University of Cincinnati

View the profile of the exhibition by the New York Times
Artists Who Lose Their Vision, Then See Clearly
By Serena Solomon, June 19, 2018

Surface Work

Hedda Sterne,  Vertical Horizontal #7 1/2 , 1963, Oil on canvas, 72 in. x 54 in.

Hedda Sterne, Vertical Horizontal #7 1/2, 1963, Oil on canvas, 72 in. x 54 in.

Victoria Miro is currently hosting "Surface Work" in their London galleries, April 11 - June 16, 2018. A large-scale survey of abstract painting by more than 50 women artists, the gallery describes the show as:

An international, cross-generational exhibition of women artists who have shaped and transformed, and continue to influence and expand, the language of abstract painting.

"Surface Work" includes includes two important paintings by Hedda Sterne. For more information, visit the gallery's website: www.victoria-miro.com

Hedda Sterne: Drawings 1967 | Special Presentation

Van Doren Waxter is hosting a special presentation of drawings by Hedda Sterne in their uptown lobby gallery, February 16 – April 28, 2018.

From the gallery: 

The 1960s was a particularly prolific decade for the artist Hedda Sterne (1910-2011). Previously in the 50s Sterne explored the urban landscape of New York, her new home after emigrating from Romania. In the early 60s Sterne's interest turned toward the natural world. Banded horizons, swarms of insects and dense vegetation are examined with a meditative focus in several important series of paintings and drawings. In May and June of 1967, Sterne was in residence at Tamarind Lithography Workshop where she created 28 lithographs, including the much lauded "Metaphores and Metamorphoses" suite, of which these nine drawings c. 1967 are unique variations. Through her intricate and rhythmic mark making, Sterne creates organic forms that toggle between abstraction and representation, which are emblematic of Sterne's experimentation within her working process.

Visit vandorenwaxter.com for more on the presentation and detailed photos of each drawing.

Postwar Printing in the U.S., 1945-1955

Hedda Sterne,  Untitled , 1949, monoprint; Collection of the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois; gift of the artist, 2002-3-9.

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1949, monoprint; Collection of the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois; gift of the artist, 2002-3-9.

The Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion at the University of Illinois is now showing "Postwar Printing in the U.S., 1945-1955," Oct 5, 2017 - Mar 17, 2018.  Drawn from the KAM's collection, the exhibition features a range of printmaking techniques by a variety of painters and sculptors who began experimenting with printmaking in the post-War era.

Hedda Sterne's exploration of monoprint techniques can be seen in the exhibition. This work, an untitled monoprint from 1949, was donated to the KAM by the artist in 2002.

Visit https://kam.illinois.edu/exhibition/postwar-printmaking-united-states-1945–1955
for more information.

Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope

Hedda Sterne,  Tondo , ca. 1953, Oil on canvas, 77 cm (30 3/8 in) diameter; Collection of Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Susan Morse Hilles, 1984.75.7

Hedda Sterne, Tondo, ca. 1953, Oil on canvas, 77 cm (30 3/8 in) diameter; Collection of Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Susan Morse Hilles, 1984.75.7

The Yale University Art Gallery is now showing "Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope," September 1 – December 31, 2017.  With the majority of works drawn from the YUAG's collection, the exhibition features artists from the 19th century to the present day.

"Artists in Exile" includes Hedda Sterne's circular painting Tondo (ca. 1953), donated to YUAG by the influential collector Susan Morse Hilles in 1984.

Visit https://artgallery.yale.edu/exhibitions/exhibition/artists-exile-expressions-loss-and-hope 
for more information on the exhibition and accompanying catalog.

Celebrating Hedda Sterne's Birthday

Hedda Sterne with her painting, c. 1943

Hedda Sterne with her painting, c. 1943

Hedda Sterne was born on this day, August 4 of 1910, in Bucharest, Romania.  She came to the U.S. in 1941 and made her home in New York amongst a community of artist refugees of War II.  While many of her European compatriots tended to speak of their time in America as a painful but temporary exile, Hedda Sterne stood apart, feeling instead a sense of sanctuary.  She remained in New York after the War and became a distinctive presence in the New York arts community: she was a connection to the European Surrealists admired by many American artists, while at the same time playing an active role in the discourse and exhibitions of the burgeoning New York School.  The Hedda Sterne Foundation is dedicated to exploring and the legacy of this remarkable artist, and her philosophy of art as a process of engagement and discovery.

  

"1,000 Words: Readings from Independent Artists' Archives" at The Dedalus Foundation

Join The Hedda Sterne Foundation and many of our colleagues at the event "1,000 Words: Readings from Independent Artists' Archives,"  on Friday, April 21, 10:30am - 1pm, at the Dedalus Foundation.

Presented by the Dedalus Foundation and the Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation in association with The Brooklyn Rail, this event will feature readings of poetry, letters, interviews and visual texts from leading independent artists' archives.

We are looking forward to artist and poet Patti Trimble's reading of select unpublished writing by Hedda Sterne, gleaned from The Hedda Sterne Foundation's archives.  These writings - notes and diaries that Sterne kept from the 1940s forward - were the artist's way of organizing and investigating her thoughts on art and philosophy.  This reading will be the first time these notes are shared with the public.  Patti Trimble's reading will provide a window into Sterne's unique way of exploring the challenges and rewards of the artistic process.  

Other presentations will include a staged reading of the 1954 legal case: Barnett Newman vs. Ad Reinhardt and College Art Association; highlights from 15 years of artist conversations with The Brooklyn Rail; and selected readings from the archives of The Willem de Kooning Foundation; The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation; The Harriet and Esteban Vicente Foundation; The Reversible Destiny Foundation and others.

RSVP Required

1,000 Words: Readings from Independent Artists' Archives
Dedalus Foundation, 25 East 21st Street, Fourth Floor
April 21, 2017, 10:30am-1:00pm

One of hundreds of "studio notes" written by Hedda Sterne and part of the Hedda Sterne Foundation's archives. In Sterne's sprawling script: "The way to see my drawings is to try not to expect anything: these are drawings. They are the means used, but they are something else... The fact that they have varied meanings (images conjured) is an inherent part of them, whatever they are."

Making Space: Women and Postwar Abstraction

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is now showing "Making Space: Women and Postwar Abstraction," on view on MoMA's 3rd floor through August 13.  Drawn entirely from the museum's collection, this exhibition features a painting and print by Hedda Sterne in context with nearly 100 artworks by 50 women, dating between 1945 and about 1970.

Visit https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions for more information, including tours, workshops and classes related to the show.

Hedda Sterne's, New York VIII, 1954 on view at the entry to "Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction". This work is collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired in 1954 - the same year the work was completed.

"Go Figure" on view at Van Doren Waxter

Hedda Sterne, Untitled, c. 1965-68, Ink on paper, 14 1/2 x 11 5/8 in.; now on view as part of the exhibition Go Figure at Van Doren Waxter, January 11 – February 18, 2017

Three drawings by Hedda Sterne are now on view as part of Van Doren Waxter's exhibition Go Figure, January 11 – February 18, 2017.

From the gallery: 

Van Doren Waxter is pleased to present Go Figure, a group exhibition that explores the intersection of select historical and contemporary artists through the vernacular of figurative painting. Spanning a period of over 70 years (1944-2016), this cross-generational survey considers the timeless tradition of figuration as a through line connecting past to present. The included artists employ varying media and pictorial strategies to produce imagistic effects often blurring the lines of representation to create dramatic scenes of unreality. Go Figure will include painting, sculpture, works on paper and assemblage from James Brooks, Joseph Cornell, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Ed Paschke, Hedda Sterne as well as contemporary artists Kristin Baker, Michael Berryhill, Jeronimo Elespe, Volker Hüller, and Sarah Peters.

http://www.vandorenwaxter.com/exhibitions/go-figure

Welcome to the HSF Updated Website

The Hedda Sterne Foundation is happy to share our newly updated website.  As part of our mission to explore and share the remarkable legacy of Hedda Sterne, we are delighted to include dozens of new images of Sterne's artwork, an illustrated chronology, and additional new resources to help anyone interested in learning more about the artist follow their curiosity.

We wish to thank the many distinguished museums who have shared images of work by Hedda Sterne from their holdings.  Many of these images are collected for the first time on this site, providing a valuable illustration of the breadth and scope of Sterne's eight-decade-long career.

So please explore, enjoy, and stay tuned as we continue to add content.