Hedda Sterne, 1910-2011

She was an artist in NYC who died at 100 on April 8.  From the CDS Gallery:

After studying art in Paris, Bucharest and Vienna, Hedda Sterne emigrated to the United States in 1941. Upon her arrival, Sterne’s work was included in the maiden exhibition of surrealism in the United States, First Papers of Surrealism (October 1942), curated by Marcel Duchamp and André Breton. In the fifties, she was a prominent member of the Irascibles, along with Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, among others. In this innovative milieu, Sterne was a key figure in developing the language of what came to be known as Abstract Expressionism.

A key figure in Abstract Expressionism.  Is she one of these wonderfully talented women who ‘simply’ disappear from public sight, to leave us with the idea that only men can be great artists?**

She can be seen in this famous photograph from a 1951 picture of the leading lights of Abstract Expressionism:

**That is to say, of the many mechanism that contribute to placing one in the national and international spotlight, too few were available to/applied to her.

2 thoughts on “Hedda Sterne, 1910-2011

  1. Thank you for this. I had not heard of her. But I had, of course, heard of the others in the photo…..

  2. You are so welcome.

    Odd how this happens, isn’t it, j? It’s a bit like men only conferences leading to the men having the big names and then onto the idea that only men can do philosophy. Or physics, math, music, and so on and so forth.

Comments are closed.