Hedda Sterne 1910 - 2010 American, born Romania Abstract Expressionism/ New York School Painters
Hedda Sterne spent the summer of 1959 painting in East Hampton with her then husband Saul Steinberg. She bought her own house in East Hampton in 1966 and lived there until 1999. Born in Romania and of Jewish origin, she narrowly escaped from Bucharest and immigrated to the United States in 1941. Peggy Guggenheim introduced Sterne to other émigrés, such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, and Piet Mondrian. Sterne later exhibited with Betty Parsons, and perhaps most famously, she was the only woman in the photograph,published in Life magazine in 1951, of the “Irascibles,” a group that included Pollock, Newman, Rothko, de Kooning, Motherwell, and other New York School notables. Over her long career Sterne has pursued distinct artistic directions, from her early Surrealism chance pieces to the anthropological machines of the late 1940s and early 1950s to the abstract horizon paintings of the 1960s, the face series of the 1970s and the geometric prisms of the 1980s and 1990s. She has moved fluently between abstraction and figuration, and has often returned to portraiture.
Hedda Sterne spent the summer of 1959 painting in East Hampton with her then husband Saul Steinberg. She bought her own house in East Hampton in 1966 and lived there until 1999.