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Hedda Sterne

Special Presentation

April 15 - April 28, 2020

woman sitting at a table with artwork around her

Hedda Sterne at her kitchen table with a set of drawings, 1967

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hand written note abut drawing

How my "drawings" are misunderstood by everybody: when somebody does something crassly different people know that they have to "change channel" [or] "outlook," [and] renounce preconceived ideas to get it. The fact they have another meaning in each of the (minimum) 4 positions [orientations] is crucial.

 

Studio note (front), handwritten by Hedda Sterne, n.d.

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hand written note abut drawing

The fact that they are done with me being in a certain condition of awareness - that "paranormal" help is involved: they are strange, intriguing, interesting events. Food for thought & wonder, meditation, investigation. They intrigue & trouble me more than I can say.

 

Studio note (back), handwritten by Hedda Sterne, n.d.

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woman sitting in her studio

Hedda Sterne in her studio, 1976

photograph by Lillian Bristol

abstract drawing

Untitled, c. 1965-68
Rapidograph pen on paper
14 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches (36.8 x 29.2 cm)

$8,000

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Untitled, c. 1965-68

Untitled, c. 1965-68
Rapidograph pen on paper
14 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches (36.8 x 29.2 cm)

$8,000

© The Hedda Sterne Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by ARS, New York, NY

abstract drawing

Untitled, 1996
Graphite, pastel on paper
16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)

$9,500

© The Hedda Sterne Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by ARS, New York, NY

abstract drawing

Untitled, 1996
Graphite, colored pencil on paper
12 1/4 x 16 1/8 inches (31.1 x 41 cm)

$9,500

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abstract drawing

Untitled, 1996
Oil pastel on paper
16 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches (41 x 31.1 cm)

Private Collection

© The Hedda Sterne Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by ARS, New York, NY

abstract drawing

Untitled, 1996
Oil pastel on paper
16 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches (41 x 31.1 cm)

Private Collection

© The Hedda Sterne Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by ARS, New York, NY

 

abstract drawing

Serenity and chaos (October 10, 2001), 2001
Mixed media on paper
12 1/4 x 9 inches (31.1 x 22.9 cm)

$7,000

© The Hedda Sterne Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by ARS, New York, NY

 

abstract drawing on paper

Untitled (September 27, 2001), 2001
Graphite, whiteout on paper
12 1/4 x 9 inches (31.1 x 22.9 cm)

$7,000

© The Hedda Sterne Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by ARS, New York, NY

 

The act of drawing, Hedda Sterne once reflected, could be understood as ritual performed for the purpose of inviting miracles. She would begin and soon find lines growing on paper without preconception, emerging from some deep, pre-verbal source of the mind. “With time," she would say, "I have learned to lose my identity while drawing and to act simply like a conduit, permitting visions that want to take shape to do so.” Sterne's art practice began in the context of Surrealism in Europe in the 1930s. Back then, she made chance collages and automatic drawings, which form the origin story of these mature works from the 1960s forward. Yet unlike her Surrealist peers, Sterne's use of automatism in drawing was not always aimed directly at the subconscious. Rather, this work is metaphysical in scope, probing what she saw as dozens of levels of thinking in between conscious states, both in time and in space. Ethereal and vague organic forms, faces and body parts emerge from the page, but see whatever you choose. Art is a private dialogue, Sterne believed. It exists in the space between the viewer and the object.  

-Shaina Larrivee, Director of the Hedda Sterne Foundation