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.