"Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera" now on view at The Met, featuring Hedda Sterne

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